In Paris….around every corner…

…is something delightful to discover! The Stravinsky Fountain was on my list….and we happened on it accidentally after a wine tasting lunch while walking through the historical Beaubourg District.

Stravinsky Fountain 9Stravinsky Fountain 8Stravinsky Fountain 3Stravinsky Fountain 1Stravinsky Fountain 4Stravinsky Fountain 7

I love this mural by Jef Aerosol called Chuuutttt!

Stravinsky Fountain 5 and muralStravinsky Fountain 6Jef Aerosol mural 2Jef Aerosol Muralchuuutttt!

A few days into the trip, after lucking out and just coming upon the Fountain, the guidebook was left behind, and the list of carefully chosen restaurants and cafes (after much research on the internet and consulting guidebooks) was deleted from my phone.  There is so much to discover in Paris if you just open your eyes and look around. Plus you don’t need a guidebook to tell you where to eat!  Read the posted menu outside the restaurant and decide if it sounds appealing – the only advice I followed was choosing restaurants that were at least a few blocks away from a major tourist attraction as the food is generally better (and less expensive – you’re not paying the tourist prices). I read that advice in a guidebook, and it made sense to me.

Travel is meant to be fun and eye-opening.  You miss out on experiencing what a place is really like if you’re constantly consulting a guidebook or Google Maps on your phone to find directions to that “perfect” restaurant.

 

Paris in the Spring

Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn

After two weeks in Paris, it’s back to work and back to the real world.  Paris was everything I imagined it would be and more.  It sparked my imagination, and I wanted to check off the “study” box on my customs form on the return to Canada instead of “personal” because I really felt like I was just there to soak it up all up and study the Parisian way of life!

I’ll share more photos over the coming weeks, but for now, here’s a picture of the Paris skyline from the Towers of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Paris from Notre Dame Towers on a Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Night in Paris

It was a rainy first day in Paris, but the rain made for some pretty picture taking opportunities…this is at the end of the bridge (Pont Saint-Louis) which links the two islands in Paris – Ile Saint Louis and Ile de la Cite.

Just go!

Posts have been few and far between for a number of different reasons, but quietly in the background, a trip to Paris has been planned! It’s getting very close to lift off, and I hope to have many pictures to share in the weeks to come.

somewhere over Minnesota, March 2016

Everyone I’ve talked to about Paris seems to have a strong opinion. It’s beautiful! The food was amazing! Wine is cheap! Paris in the Spring! You’ll love it! People are rude! Dog poop is everywhere! I would never go back!  I’ve tried to take those opinions with a grain of salt because travel is very personal, What one person thinks is an amazing destination, is on another person’s “I would never go there!” list.  (Jamaica is on that list for me.) My only travel advice is if you want to go somewhere, just go!

I thought it would be fun to pick just one photo from each of the last few trips to capture what I liked the most about each one.

Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton Alberta, Summer 2017 (one of the best places to watch a sunset!)

 

Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay, March 2017

 

Island Lake Lodge, August 2016 for a classic Canadian wilderness scene.

Prince Albert National Park, June 2016 (another classic Canadian wilderness scene)

New Orleans, March 2016. This was a hard one because I pretty much love everything about New Orleans. But one of my favourite things was walking along Royal Street at night in the French Quarter to take pictures of the window displays. This was in the window of the Red Truck Gallery.

Jasper National Park, July 2015. I love talking animal pictures.

Watching surfers, Maui, March 2105

This is not far from home at all…near Regina, summer 2015

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC, June 2014

…and still one of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken…Great Bear Rainforest, June 2013

All of these pictures make me realize I’m very lucky to be able to travel and to see and experience many different places.

Regina Floral Conservatory

The best antidote for a cold winter’s day is a visit to the Regina Floral Conservatory.  Granted, Saturday was the first time I’ve ever been there, but for an hour it was easy to forget that it was the beginning of February and minus 20 outside! The air was warm and moist (great for prairie winter parched skin), and the bright colours are a feast for the eyes!

The Conservatory is maintained by volunteers, and there are different themes throughout the year.  The theme right now is A Glimpse of the Tropics.  It’s open every afternoon and there are lots of benches and seating areas to soak it all in.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

I have a new phone so wanted to try out the camera, what a perfect place to take photos in the winter!

RFC 1RFC 11RFC 2rfc 3RFCRFC 7RFC 8RFC 15rfc 16RFC 12RFC 13RFC 10

RFC 17