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Canada Trip 2019 – Frankfurt to Fredericton

2014 I was sitting in the breakfast room at Randy‘s place in Banaue in the Philippines. Kathleen from Fredericton was on vacation with her daughter Alexondra. Crazy Canadian woman that has not too much time to travel so she is always in a hurry. They rented a driver to go to Batad (check the pictures and go there!) I went with them and we had a great day at this part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The next winter she visited me in Pai with her other daughter Grace. This time we rented some bikes and drove over the mountains to Mae Hong Song together with Mitsos and Elena.
Finally, it was time for me to visit her in Canada. She lived in Fredericton in 2019 so I booked my flights to the far East of Canada.

Frankfurt International Airport

I had quite a cheap flight considering it took me all the way to Fredericton. I was under the imagination flights in Canada are about the same as flights in Europe. Boy was I wrong! They are about 10 times more expensive compared to flights in Europe if you are unlucky. But for now, I had to get up early to be at Frankfurt International and catch my Plane at 9:10 to Amsterdam. There I had almost 2 hours to find my next gate and continue to Toronto. Another 7 hours in Toronto and I had the last flight for the day to Fredericton. So far so good.

Frankfurt International
Frankfurt International

Look – there is my plane and it will be a nice sunny day. Everything looks fine – but…
The nice lady behind the Lufthansa counter announced a 1-hour delay. No need to panic – still had about 50 minutes in Amsterdam to change planes. After a while, she added another 30 minutes. And after a while, she called my name. I walked over to the counter and she put me in another plane that left a bit later and went straight to Toronto. Why not??

Booking changed
My new flight in the afternoon

I got a new ticket and went outside the airport to go to the REWE supermarket for some food and beers. Started the walk to security and the gate at 12:30. You never know!

Tunnel
Crossing the runway. I like the tunnel in Chicago O’Hare the best!
Airport View
On the way to my gate
Boing 747
My new plane – a good old big-nosed 747. It is still the best-looking commercial airplane out there.
Boarding
Boarding – everybody run!!

The Flight to Canada

There was a time when I booked with Lufthansa or other European carriers to fly to Asia. But that time is long gone. The “Oil Country” airlines are so much better if you look at the legroom in the plane and the entertainment. If I fly to the West I have to get Airlines from Europe, the US, or Canada to get there. So let’s see what we get today.

Airplane Seats
I hate 3-4-3 seating configurations!
Airplane Seat
Well – there is some space if you do not move!
Airplane entertainmanet screen
This is the smallest screen I had in a really long time!
Airplane lunch
Vegetarian lunch! If you take out 3 more leaves from the salad it would really look empty!
Airplane door with ashtray
Its 2019 and they still have ashtrays??
Airplane Snack
Breakfast snack

Toronto Airport

There was really nothing I remember from that airport apart from things that you do not have to remember….

Air Canada express Plane
Not my plane
Air Canada plane
Finally my plane
Airplane Seat
Not to much space

The plane was almost empty. I had the last seat at the back. But the nice flight attendant noticed that I can not even walk in this small aircraft. So she gave me a biz class seat in the front. Thank you!!

Toronto from the sky at night
Toronto from above

Arriving at Fredericton

Kathleen is what you would call on AirBnB a super host. She picked me up at the airport, had a nice room ready, left the heater on in the pool, and made sure I was feeling at home from the very first second. I felt like a VIP in a 5-star hotel the whole time.
The house is a bit outside of Fredericton – in Suburbia. Had to chill a bit in the morning before heading to town.

House with pool
View from the pool
House
View from the street

Fredericton

Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick. It’s known for its Historic Garrison District, an 18th-century British army base. That is what Wikipedia tells you. Since Kathleen worked I had time to explore Fredericton on my first day. Here are some pictures so you know how it looks – how the pretty parts look…

Walked down the hill since I was not aware of the shortcut over the highway. Plus back home it would never cross my mind to cross a highway. The first stop was the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Forest Hill Cemetery

Head Stone
In Memory of Soa. Wife of John Allen. Died Jan. 22. 1875. Aged 29 Years. Their son. John Quinton Allen. Aged 10. mons.
Head Stone
Donald Hill Son of James S. & Mary T. Neill. Died Sept. 21. 1904. Aged 23 Years
Head Stone
Hon. John A. Beckwith. M.L.C. Died Nov. 23, 1880. Aged 80 Y’rs. Also his beloved wife Maria Ann. Died Mar. 4. 1885. Aged 79 Years.

Along the Waterfront

If you walk along the river towards the center of Fredericton you pass a few beautiful houses. Most of them were built in the 18hundreds. If there would not be a road between them and the water it would be almost too perfect. One of them is a Bed & Breakfast – if you look to visit one day – stay there!

Wood House
No 236 Rue Waterloo
Brennan's Bed & Breakfast
Brennan’s Bed & Breakfast
Houses Rue Waterloo
No 132 and 126. Notice the stone building.
No 58 Rue Waterloo
No 58 Rue Waterloo
Old wood house
No 44 and 38
Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge
Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge
Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge
Best use for an abandoned railway bridge

Downtown Fredericton

Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral. It opened the doors in 1853. The restored Anglican church features Gothic Revival architecture and a 198-ft. spire.
War Memorial
Second World War – almost all names are from the UK with a few French names
War Memorial
3 died over in Korea
War Memorial
First world war – it’s called the Great War over here
Old wood house
Another nice old house
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
After the Province Hall was destroyed by fire in 1880 the new building was constructed
Stairway
One of the Stairways
The Camber
This is where the members meet. A nice setting.
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
The Boss Chair
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
You can attend a session – registration on the website!
Chandelier deluxe
Chandelier deluxe
Royal New Brunswick Regt
One of the original buildings of the Royal New Brunswick Regiment
Fredericton Courthouse
Fredericton Courthouse
Fredericton City Hall
Fredericton City Hall
Power Line
The North American style
Billboard Post
To many messages
Wilmot United Church
Wilmot United Church
Tomb Stone
In Memory of Alex Mc. Gausland. Died 12th Dec 1868 in the 67th year of his age. Also his wife Margery. Died 8th Sep, 1836 Aged 27 Years and Mary. Their Dau. died 10th Dec 1831. Aged 1 Years
Memorial Stone
To the memory of the United Empire Loyalists who settled in this region following the American revolution.
Compelled to leave their homes in the thirteen colonies for their loyalty to the crown they founded the Providence of New Brunswick in 1784 to secure British institutions for themselves and their posterity
Many of these loyalists lie buried here
Spem Reduxit
St Paul's United Church
St Paul’s United Church
Memorial for a Tree
Memorial for a Tree
Kids warming up for a race
Warmup for the race

Kathleen trains some kids a few times a week in the afternoon. Walked up to the field and watched them. Later we drove back home again and it was time for dinner. Great first day in Fredericton!

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