Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
The days are getting longer, snow is melting fast, and yes, this is the time of year when walking anywhere is a bit like an obstacle course, dodging slushy snow and puddles, and not walking too close to the street so you don’t get drenched by a passing car. Yet, spring is my favourite time of year!
It’s about -25 today so it’s a great day to share some pics from the Glimpse of the Tropics display at the Regina Floral Conservatory. It’s one of the hidden gems in Regina, and on Sunday afternoon it was full of people escaping another cold January day. I highly encourage a visit if you’re experiencing the winter blahs – you’re welcome to bring in a coffee, take off your coat, sit on a bench, and forget for awhile that you’re on the prairies in January!
I’ve lived in Saskatchewan my whole life (which means I’ve endured a lot of cold winters) and I’ve never heard of rime ice. The pictures below are examples of it and I’m pretty sure most of us thought it was hoar frost (which is way more fun to say than rime ice). Anyway, rime ice results from freezing fog, and hoar frost occurs in the absence of fog…technicalities aside, it was quite pretty.
After about a week of foggy days, it was so nice to see the sun…
It’s been an eventful year, and the other day, I was lamenting the fact that I haven’t taken that many photos this year compared to other years. But, then one of my Paris pictures popped up on my screensaver, and I remembered I WAS THERE in the Spring! And, I took a lot of pictures! Posts are likely to remain sporadic for the next while as I continue with work and pursue Life Coach training on the side, but it’s important to me to also at least dabble on the creative side.
Paris was all about spending as much time near, and on, the Seine, as possible, and the pictures I took reflected that. When you visit any new city, especially one like Paris, it’s impossible to see and do everything, so you pick and choose the things you think you’ll enjoy the most, and living in land-locked Saskatchewan, that meant being near the water.
River Seine from two of the high vantage points in Paris…up the 422 stairs of the Notre Dame Towers, and the Eiffel Tower.
Views of Paris from the Seine on three different tours…tour boat, Batobus (the boat bus), and an evening cruise.
From the Pont des Arts Bridge (thought I’d read that all the locks had been removed but there were still quite a few all along the bridge).
My favourite family vacation almost came to a tragic end at the Enchanted Forest, near Revelstoke, British Columbia. My mom, dad, brother (with a box of comics between us in the backseat) and I had just finished walking through the Enchanted Forest and piled into our two door blue Dodge Aspen, pulling our Boler trailer, when I became hysterical at the sight of a spider inside the car (I was five or six at the time) which caused my dad to almost veer across the road, and plunge down a cliff, which surely would have lead to our demise. This is how I remember the scene, and it’s a story I’ve repeated for many years. We also visited Bedrock City, a Flintstones theme park, and Old MacDonald’s Farm in Kelowna, and camped near Okanagan Lake where I hoped to spot the legendary lake monster, Ogopogo.
Alas, the two theme parks no longer exist, but the Enchanted Forest still beckons weary travellers on the Trans Canada Highway to stop and walk through an old growth forest full of delightful fairy tale characters. This summer, I wanted to see if it was as magical as I remembered.
Here’s how the Enchanted Forest started..
And some of the scenes you’ll see…
Oh, and as we pulled out of the parking lot, I made sure to note just how far down that cliff was…..there was no cliff.
I had no idea there were so many pelicans in Wascana Park…
The pictures above were taken a couple of weeks ago, so then I had to go into my photo library and have a look at the other pelican pictures I’ve taken, mostly near the Albert Street Bridge. The last two are my favourite, a happy coincidence of good timing and just the right light.
That’s the advice I took to heart in Paris. The Louvre is intimidating – it’s the biggest and most visited museum in the world, so not only is there so much to see (over 35 000 works of art), you are often jockeying for a prime position to view a piece of art. My advice to both beat the line-ups and to navigate through the crowds is to book a skip the line tour. I booked an Express Tour through Viator, and with our guide, our group breezed through the line, and we were provided with a good overview of the collection. By no means did we see it all (that would take months!), but it was a solid introduction.
And, honestly, mostly I took pictures of the ceilings! Amazing!