Hiking the PoCo section of the Coquitlam River

I hadn’t walked this section in well over a year when I was still a volunteer with the Coquitlam River Watch and the path was lined with ice and snow. Now it was bright and sunny. Continue reading Hiking the PoCo section of the Coquitlam River

Upper Middle Coquitlam River

This is probably my favourite part to hike. The stream is still powerful with lush vegetation. Tall cedars, firs and alders filter the sunlight while the ground lays carpeted in ferns and brambles. I’ve often seen robins on this part of the trail, swishing their tails and disappearing into the thicket when I pass. Continue reading Upper Middle Coquitlam River

The Upper Coquitlam River Trail

The Coquitlam River flows from Coquitlam Lake into the Fraser River. It’s not a long tributary but one oozing with natural beauty and overlooked by tourists. On both sides of the river, trails parallel the stream while at one point, there’s a pedestrian bridge spanning the water. Continue reading The Upper Coquitlam River Trail

A stroll through Old Cairo’s Shari Al-Muiz Li-Din Allah

On our second tour of Old Cairo, we started at the southern wall  of Shari Al-Muiz Li-Din Allah through an arched entrance and walked past one beautiful building after another. There were buildings with intricate wooden latticework, sculptured doors and Arabic calligraphy decorating the walls. Continue reading A stroll through Old Cairo’s Shari Al-Muiz Li-Din Allah

Khan al-Khalili Souk

If there’s one place you shouldn’t miss in Cairo, it’s Khan al-Khalili Souk. We loved it so much, we went back a second time during our short stay.

On our first sojourn, we wound our way along streets of market stalls selling everything from cushions to spices. Continue reading Khan al-Khalili Souk

The pyramids of Giza

I imagined the pyramids surrounded by desert, but Cairo had inched closer to the ancient structures. In fact, I discovered the city on the pyramids’ doorstep on one side, and desert on the other. Continue reading The pyramids of Giza

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