Kelly Bernakevitch

Joined September 2018
  • Day221

    Paris in the dust

    May 19 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    “And here’s me breaking bread with the up-per crrrust.”

    Today started with a wonderful brunch. Now this was not an ordinary brunch. We were on a double decker fancy bus on a city tour outfitted with tables and the 6 of us saw the city highlights while enjoying a scrumptious brunch.

    In the afternoon we tried to go Notre Dame Cathedral. We had trouble getting there as there was construction on the train line and we had to get off at one spot and walk to the next train station, then get back on the train. After we walked from our last train stop to the island and over to the cathedral, we found out all roads were blocked with police and army patrolling with machine guns. OK maybe we won’t try and sneak in for a look see.
    We saw these tents and there was a bread festival. ( only in France we they celebrate the making of bread with a festival). We went inside and it was pretty cool as the baker artisans had made all these breads in shapes of different every day things. They had stations were kids could go and roll and braid bread and they would bake it for them.
    We decided to walk back to our hotel along the Seine and it was about 5km.
    In the evening we were invited to a reception at the Canadian ambassador’s residence. There was about 70 people there. The reception took about 2.5 hours and was very nice.
    We went with our West Jet host for a late dinner including yummy French Onion Soup, followed by ending up in the hotel bar and closing it down at 230 am. I was ready to go but my date wanted to party “ all night long .”
    Good thing we are still on Calgary time as it feels like 630.
    A fun and tiring day.
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  • Day220

    Paris at my feet

    May 18 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After our direct flight from Calgary to Paris, we arrived at our hotel around 230pm. We unpacked and headed out for a walk. Our hotel is very close to the Eiffel Tower, so we walked around the tower and in the gardens as well. Many people were sitting in the park with their families and friends enjoying the Saturday.
    As we continued our walk we ran into Hanif, our host at an outdoor Paris cafe and he and another guest had just ordered these huge Champagne cocktails. They asked us to “take “ one off their hands as they did not know they there were going to be that big. The 4 of us shared 2 drinks - also ordered a small bite.
    We continued our walk and then headed back to the hotel for a nap.
    In the evening we were invited for a dinner cruise along the Seine River. At times it was raining pretty hard. The dinner was very nice and it was great to see the sights of Paris along the river at night.
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  • Day219

    Weekend Get Away to Paris

    May 17 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    We are off for a last minute weekend get away-on the West Jet inaugural flight from Calgary to Paris. There was lots of hoopla at the gate with food, speeches, and a ribbon cutting.

  • Day29

    Home Sweet Home

    November 8, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ -3 °C

    Well we did it. Our adventure included:
    12 flights ( with no lost luggage)
    10 taxi rides
    7 hotels
    7 coach rides/tours
    6 Ubers
    6 walking tours
    5 boat rides
    4 car pick ups by friends
    3 mini bus tours
    2 games of golf ( walking)
    1 Ferry
    1 - 4 day rental car

    Just under 50,000 km traveled
    About 311000 steps taken
    344 flights of stairs climbed
    And about 6-8 km of ocean swam

    We saw some amazing vistas, were moved by historical sights, took in intriguing architecture, saw all kinds of birds,animals, coral and fish, were entertained in unbelievable venues, tried all kinds of new food and wine and visited with wonderful friends.

    Thanks to Celeste, I would not want to have done this with anyone else.
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  • Day28

    Brisbane

    November 7, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    We arrived in Brisbane just before noon and our friends Andrew and Anne met us at the airport. We had met them over the last few years at the Praxity meetings and they are super nice.
    They drove us to our hotel. After we checked in we went out for lunch and did a long walk along the beautiful river they have in Brisbane.
    The river is a salt water river and it is quite wide. Both sides of the river banks are well developed with walking trails, parks, sidewalks restaurants, bars, cafes plus the central business district. This area is quite vibrant and a popular meeting place.
    We had a great seafood dinner with 3 couples from William Buck. They are wonderful hosts.
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  • Day28

    Another dot on the Map

    November 7, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Up really early this morning as we had to check out and drive from Port Douglas to Cairns. It is probably one of the most curved highways I have ever driven. It is along the ocean and mountains. The humidity here is super high. I have been leaking big time.

  • Day27

    Australia stops for a race

    November 6, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Today, in Australia, is the Melbourne Cup and the whole country stops for this horse race. It is a Holiday in Melbourne and there are Cup lunches everywhere in the country. Not sure which horse won.
    Originally we were going to go on a Rain Forest Tour but we decided we were toured out and were going to have lazy day enjoying the sun and the resort. So we cancelled it.
    Last night we met up with Ted and Kim Dickman from BKD and Matt and Patti Snow from DHG. Both are firms in the USA and part of our affiliation. We had found out this summer all 3 couples would be in Port Douglas this week and we agreed to meet for dinner to celebrate Kim’s birthday.
    During dinner they invited us on a private boat charter to go to the Low Isles of the Reef.
    This morning we slept in a bit and I went for a long swim. After my swim, Celeste and I went for a long walk on the beach. The humidity is very high here.
    We met our friends at the pier at 1:00 and went out for a 4 hour boat charter and snorkel trip.
    We had a great day. As part of the trip we went on a glass bottom boat and we got to see the coral and fish from the boat. We saw some green turtles.
    I went snorkeling for an hour and saw lots of fish and coral. We saw some juvenile black fin sharks. They are about 3 feet and came within 2 feet of us.
    I saw a big school of barracudas and some other big fish. The area of the reef had variety of small fish.
    We snorkelled right off of this small coral island. The island was made from coral deposits over thousands of years. When you snorkel or dive you must wear these Lycra suits as the jellyfish fish stingers are extremely dangerous and if you get stung you will probably die.
    Afterwards we had a lovely dinner before we said our goodbyes.
    It was a great day.
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