Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bikes and Sights: City Of Belleville

Where do I even start with Belleville, Ontario; a small city of less than 50,000 that is about 45 minutes away from our home? We biked there twice last summer and still talk about it. There are over 17 kilometres (10 miles) of multi-use trails within the area that are maintained year round.

On our first visit we cycled along the Riverside Park Trail and couldn’t believe how amazing it is. It was almost impossible to choose which photos to share out of the dozens I took, but here are a few:


The trails go on and on, and run along the water.





There are interesting things to stop and photograph.

Lovely gazebos and pergolas are seen along the way.

This is Belleville City hall, which was built in 1873.

This beautiful flowerbed can be seen when you drive by Belleville on Highway 401. Every year.

We found where it's located and rode over for a closer look. It's  not only gorgeous, it's massive!

A mama duck keeping close watch on her little bundle of energy. This was the cutest sighting of the day!


Our entire visit was spent in the downtown area, which is a little run down in some sections.


Old buildings make very interesting photos. 



This place has seen better days. It looks like fire damage.


But most of all, it was the gorgeous views that won us over.



Oh, those views...




We were in awe of this area; so much so that we didn’t leave until it got dark. And we returned later that month to try another trail, so more photos are coming up.

This is surely one of the most incredible biking adventures we had in 2014.

Two exhausted - but very happy - cyclists.

Thanks for coming along on this journey. Have a lovely day, everyone!

34 comments:

  1. Hi Martha!! Wow this looks like an incredible day! I love the picture of the mama and baby duck :)

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    1. It was a great day. It's always fun to discover new places to explore.

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  2. Love the bridge shots and the city hall. Looks like a fabulous place to bike!

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  3. Love the city hall. Thanks for sharing some summer.

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    1. We could all use a little summer this time of year. Spring seems to far away!

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  4. Very nice. My only memory of Belleville is from around 1983 when I blew a cylinder there in my dad's old VW camper-van passing through on our way up to Algonquin Provincial park. I only remember a garage in a strip mall, before my friend and I limped home to Pennsylvania on 3 cylinders. Obviously that trip didn't do the place justice.

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    1. Definitely not a memory that will be a place on the map in a good way!

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  5. Belleville, Ontario.......now on our 'visit list'.....along with Kingston, of course!
    What a nice little city with beautiful vistas.
    Nice job, Martha! That last shot made me smile.

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    1. It's a fun place to visit, Jim, especially if you like photography and being near water. Hmmm...sounds a little like you :)

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  6. Those bikes trails really are a national treasure. The quiet river meandering along. I can smell the scents and see the animals scurrying around......I have heard about Belleville and maybe someday can experience it just in your fashion.

    Your last picture seems to be like putting icing on the cake, quite lovely!!
    Ron

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    1. These cycling adventures were the highlight of 2014. I'm looking forward to many more this year. And once we discovered we could take selfies, we took some in every location we visited! Lots of fun.

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  7. Wow girl, I love the place, it is lovely and old building, run down, I'd move in, but i can't anymore, I can't be away from my grand-daughter but still I get to enjoy all the wonderful photos of your bike travels giving me hints of where one day I could be IF I lived close to you and the most wonderful man in the world I would go with you...you're such a wonderful woman you deserve the wonderful man and everything good, winter will be gone like every season so fast, and you'll be out again, but i meant it doing macro photography can open an entire world for you, dig around, look with new eyes you'll be amazed how gorgeous the photos are...use your macro...a new world until winter is over

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    1. You bet, Lorraine. There are so many beautiful things surrounding us all the time. We just need to look, so we can 'see'. I've been working on an entire new photography theme at home and having lots of fun with it. It's a great way to be creative, but it's also a way for me to practice lighting, mainly indoor artificial lighting. That is something I do not have enough experience with and I'd like to. In any case, photography is a very interesting and relaxing hobby.

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  8. You can't go wrong with a path along a river. Lots of great things to see! I loved the mama and baby duck.

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    1. Most definitely, Linda! A path along a body of water is always visually interesting. And relaxing, too!

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  9. it looks pretty there. I used to live between Akron and Cleveland, but never made it down there. I think I went to Wooster once.

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    1. Ontario is a great place for things like this. Lots of water around. I think that's what I love most about this province.

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  10. Gosh, Martha, after seeing all the wonderful photos of your biking adventures to that lovely city, I can;t wait for spring to go biking with my hubby, he already has some great places picked out for us :)
    Loved all these fantastic shots!

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    1. I can't wait either, Margie. Biking has become a love of ours and I look forward to this year's adventures!

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  11. Seeing the mother duck reminds me of thinking how strong the maternal bond is. Caring mothers often are critical for a species survival in the world.

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    1. You got that right, Adam! Mamas play such an important role!

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  12. I enjoyed this so much, especially the Mama Duck with Baby and the Happy Cyclists! Have a great day, Martha!

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    1. That mama duck was adorable. She just followed that little baby (a very energetic one) around everywhere.

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  13. Oh green grass and warm temps with sunshine I cant wait ! Yes Belleville is a nice area . Ontario has lots of lovely towns Villages and country side to walk , Hike or bike through ! Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. You got it, Country Gal. Ontario is filled with such great places. And like you, I can't wait till spring returns and the weather is warm again!

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    1. Thanks, Wonder Woman. I hope you're much better today.

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  15. Thanks for spending all day and getting the photos.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Red! These photos will give us hope that spring will return!

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  16. Belleville has a cemetery with a stone that has images of the hand-finger spellings instead of words. I tried to find it when I was there but don't think I did. I remember looking for it though.

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    1. Next time we're in Belleville, I'll keep a look out for that. I really enjoy visiting cemeteries. I find them relaxing and very interesting!

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  17. Belleville is an appropriately named city, isn't it? Love that Canadian flag flowerbed.

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    1. It sure is appropriate. And that Canadian flag flowerbed is amazing! It's there every single year. We finally went to see it up close. Love it.

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