Tai Po – Lam Tsuen River and Waterfront Park

Tai Po is my usual “base of operations” when I’m in Hong Kong. It’s a good 19 km away from Central Hong Kong as the crow flies. By a direct double-decker bus, it’s about an hour’s bus ride in good traffic.

In North American terms, you can think of Tai Po as a suburb (if there is such a thing in Asia). It’s not as busy or crazy as Kowloon and the north side of Hong Kong Island. However, there are plenty of shops and services that would allow people to never leave the neighbourhood if they didn’t want to.

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Courtenay Riverway

On one of our first evenings in Courtenay, my high school classmate now living in Courtenay introduced us to the Courtenay Riverway. It’s a bike and pedestrian path that runs from just east of the 5th Avenue Bridge all the way to the Courtenay River Estuary.  On the first evening, we only walked partway to the Marina.  However, I went back a few days later … Continue reading Courtenay Riverway

Quebec City – The Governors’ Promenade

The Governor’s Promenade in Quebec City was opened by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker back in 1960.  It’s basically an elevated boardwalk that’s built into the side of the citadel fortifications of Quebec City.  It offers great views of the St. Lawrence River below. It’s also one of the main connectors between the Chateau Frontenac, where all tourists seem to congregate, and the Plains of Abraham. … Continue reading Quebec City – The Governors’ Promenade

A Dutch transpo…

A Dutch transport planner once explained his obsession with frequent, reliable transit networks (at which the Netherlands excels) … this way: “We shouldn’t think of buses, trams and trains as ships on a river. We should think of the network as the river, and the passengers as boats. The river is always there, and the boats may navigate it as they wish”. I saw this … Continue reading A Dutch transpo…