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Did someone say board games? Ticket to Ride Europe

Myself and my husband love breaking out a board game on quiet evenings at home.  Sometimes the weather is bad, while other times we are looking for something different to break up the mundane. Either way, we always have a blast and we have built up quite the collection over the years.  This post will focus on the newest game to our collection.

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For my birthday this year hubby bought me my favorite game to date - Ticket to Ride Europe!  We started playing this game, and a few others, at a local gaming hangout called Doughnuts & Dragons (now closed). They had a wide assortment of games ranging from 2-6 (or 8?) players and the game boxes were color coded with stickers so you could easily pick out a game to play based on how many people were in your party.  This was the second of this type of hangout in the city, the first being Mochanopoly wh…

Victoria Park Lantern Festival

We did it!  We attended the Lantern Festival - finally!  Over the past few years I really wanted to get out to the festival and have take in this experience. We did not attend previous years due to the weather.  There is no way in July that I want to go stand in the cold (like single digit temps) and sometimes wet weather to see some lights.  But this year - this year they moved the festival from the usual last Saturday in July to the next weekend due to bad weather and I'm really glad that they did.  It was fantastic to get out and actually enjoy this event.

The lantern display, which was up on the hill, was amazing and very well done.  There were a variety of lanterns on display - some large, small, and at various levels of detail.  I imagined that there would be more lanterns throughout the park, but they were all focused in this area.  And, we almost missed it!  Thankfully, I asked a friend if they knew where they would be and - to my luck - they gave us directions.

Aside from t…

Beautiful Brigus

I love Summer.  I love the sun. I love the warmth. And I love the exploring!

This post is about historic Brigus. This (mostly) quiet little town is fantastic to explore.  In the main section of town you have narrow roads, a mix of older and newer homes, historic sites, a walking trail to the lighthouse (which I have yet to do), and places to shop and eat. During the Summer months Brigus comes alive with tourists, and it is a site to take in for the Blueberry festival (omfg the food!)

This pic above is from the other side of the town. It's really quite on this side as it is away from the tourist sites. On a trail, opposite of the water, are a few really old, abandoned homes.  They've been pretty trashed over the years.  Below is the house that is still standing.  I love how tucked away it is - you would never know it is there if you didn't' venture down the pathway.

We don't luck into finding places like this.  We found this gem while Geocaching!  Have you looked i…

Did someone say board games? Carcassone

This game is fantastic!  Build your castles, extend your roads and claim farm land by placing your meeples on the board.  This is a point building game. Through picking up and placing random tiles the point of this game is to build up the most points.  There are a set number of points per connected road tile, per castle tile, for the number of castles that connect to your farmer meeple, and there are shields
on some castle tiles to add more points to the completed castle point count.  This can either be a fun game among family/friends, or an all out war if you intrude on the points that a team member is building for themselves.

We typically try to play a nice and fair game, but sometimes one of us makes a menacing move just to mess with the other persons plans (just for giggles lol).

Since you build the game board by picking up tiles at random, this is a game that is never the same twice.  And, there are so many expansions to the original game that you really can have a lot of fun with…

The 200th Royal St. John's Regatta

The races were 'A Go!' for the 200th Royal St. John's Regatta - and we weren't going to miss the action.

(from @StJohnsRegatta on Twitter)
Although, truth be told, we are not going with the intention to watch many of the races.  We go for the food, the games of chance, and the time spent with friends and family. This year, like the year before it, and the year before that, hubby checked out the Hindu Temple tent for his lunch - and he was not disappointed. I had a feed of chicken pierogi (not pictured because I ate most of the dish before thinking of getting a pic for my blog).

I did, however, remember to get a pic of us before the heat of the day sunk in.

I don't think that I have even been to the St. John's Regatta on a day like this before.  It was hot!  Like, reapply the sun screen and still get sun burned hot. Usually, on Regatta day we have mild temps, and sometimes a little rain.  Some years it is far too windy for the races and the event is rescheduled. …

The Tea Garden - Holyrood

There is a little restaurant tucked away behind a wall of greenery in Holyrood, and it's called The Tea Garden.  I have been here a few times - celebrating our anniversary, for my husband's sister's wedding, for a Pink Days in Bloom event, and most recently for my Mom's birthday.

It is recommended that reservations are made as they do be quite busy during their open season.  And, they are only open a few days a week.  But - it is so worth getting to dine here!

On Sunday's they serve the traditional Newfoundland turkey dinner as their special.  If that is not your style, then they do have other options, like chicken, lamp, ribs, etc. All of the menu items that I have had are delicious!

After dining there is a deck that you can explore and many photo opportunities either with the amazing ocean in the background, or in the garden with the lush greenery creating a great backdrop.

 We will definitely be back for future events.  Not only for the food and the view, but bec…