Prior to a trip to Canada, many think about a
country with tremendously large areas containing
some of the world’s most beautiful nature.
Expansive forests, great lakes, roaring rivers and
high mountains. True, this is all a big part of
Canada’s trademark, but a number of cultural
experiences await in the Canadian cities.
Everything from small villages on the prairie,
where only grain silos break the horizon, to
modern cities with millions of inhabitants offering
a hectic and, very lively, cultural milieu….
How beautiful to see Once more a shepherd of mankind indeed. Who loved his charge, but never loved to
lead; One whose meek flock the people joyed to be, Not lured by any cheat of birth, But by his clear-grained
human worth, And brave old wisdom of sincerity! They knew that outward grace is dust; They could not
choose but trust In that sure-footed mind's unfaltering skill, And supple-tempered will That bent like perfect
steel to spring again and thrust. His was no lonely mountain-peak of mind, Thrusting to thin air o'er our
cloudy bars, A sea-mark now, now lost in vapors blind; Broad prairie...
North-West Donegal. A fine afternoon in September. The mountain ranges were bathed in sunshine and the
scarred and seamy face of stern old Errigal seemed almost to smile. A gentle breeze stirred the air and the
surface of the lakes lay shimmering in the soft autumnal light. The blue sky, flecked with white cloudlets, the
purple of the heather, the dark hues of the bogs, the varied greens of bracken, ferns and grass, the gold of
ripening grain, and the grey of the mountain boulders, together formed a harmony of colour which charmed
the eye and soothed the mind.
About four hundred years ago there was a small kingdom, spreading over the cliffs and ravines of the eastern
extremity of the Pyrenees, called Navarre. Its population, of about five hundred thousand, consisted of a very
simple, frugal, and industrious people. Those who lived upon the shore washed by the stormy waves of the
Bay of Biscay gratified their love of excitement and of adventure by braving the perils of the sea.