Trip Planning and Preparation: This trip was essentially a tag onto one of MrsWT73’s work trips. Atlanta Georgia, USA isn’t somewhere I would have typically put on top of my wish travel list. When I looked up hotel pricing, and saw most of the rates were around $300 USD a night “a la New York Style”, I thought it was a good opportunity to take advantage of a company paid hotel room…. Read More

Every year on November 11, Canadians from all across the country gather at Canada’s War Memorial in downtown Ottawa for the National Remembrance Day Ceremony. Organized by the Canadian Legion, it is the ceremony that stands in Remembrance of all that have fallen in the name of Canada in campaigns around the world. Being a government town, ten’s of thousands arrive to spectate the ceremony, in addition to national television broadcasting of… Read More

Review: The Westin Ottawa Tonight’s stay was courtesy of MrsWT73, who happened to be in town on business. She was staying at the Westin Ottawa. My business travel budget doesn’t allow me the luxury of staying at this hotel, since the rates are always 30-40% more than the older Sheraton in downtown. The Westin does have the better location being closest to the Byward Market and many more restaurants than deserted downtown… Read More

Review: Air Canada Business Class, Canadair Regional Jet 900, Halifax – Ottawa As in the way out, I used Air Canada E-Upgrades courtesy of Elite Status to upgrade this flight from an economy fare. The E-Upgrades expire every year and I had little use for them otherwise. I eventually headed down to the concourse to look for my departing flight. It was a pretty serene experience, unlike the crowds you can experience… Read More

My flight was set for the mid-afternoon, and after the morning’s events, I headed up to the airport. I returned the rental car, happy to have made it out of the snow belt, and headed to the mostly deserted departures hall of the Halifax airport. Surprisingly, there was a Clearwater fresh lobster vendor immediately in the airport. I can’t recall ever seeing a lobster kiosk in an airport, let alone fresh lobster… Read More

As I got back to the hotel from the Halifax day tour, it was only 3 PM. Unusually, I didn’t have any set schedules, meetings or traveling partners today so I was completely on my own schedule. Since it was such a beautiful day, I decided that I would take the drive up to Peggy’s Cove to visit the other attraction I had on my list for this visit. Peggy’s Cove was… Read More

City Visit: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada After breakfast, with unusually no set plans for the day, I started my walking tour of the day around the inner harbor of Halifax. I started at a weekend Farmer’s Market immediately behind the hotel. It appeared to be the place to be for this weekend. It was selling everything from local artisan crafts, to some very fresh local produce. From the farmers’ market, I walked… Read More

Planning and Booking: There isn’t much tourist traffic to Halifax, Nova Scotia in the winter time. There were a choice of several Marriott branded hotels in the downtown area ranging all the way from a Four Points up to the plusher Marriott Waterfront. I ended up at this location, saving myself $20 a night off the Marriott rates. Being a weekend, there wasn’t much competition for rates. I had some Suite Night… Read More

On arrival, I went to the Hertz counter and picked up the rental car. Today’s assignment was a Dodge Charger. I was expected a stripper kind similar to the usual ones found in the rental car fleet, but I actually ended up with a full GT version. Driving from Halifax to Moncton: I headed out on the highway for the 2 and a half hour drive up to Moncton. The plan for… Read More

I used Air Canada e-upgrades to upgrade on this route from a paid economy fare. On the day I was traveling, there certainly weren’t many business travelers flying and the cabin was wide open with up to 9 seats available for sale. With up to 5 non stop flights per day, it seemed that there was plenty of capacity on this route. Air CanadaAC 8632 – Business Class (R)YOW – YHZ (Ottawa… Read More