Old Quebec

When I was a little kid, we had to drive long distances to visit relatives.  I used to wish there was a fast forward button so we could just get there.  On this rainy, dreary April Sunday afternoon, I would use that fast forward button to go to Quebec City, specifically Old Quebec. I loved everything about it when I was there in 2010.  Every meal was delicious, the coffee was the best I’ve ever drank, and I loved the architecture. I can’t decide if I’d go there in summer or in winter for the annual Quebec Winter Carnival. I think that would be a pretty time to visit, too.

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City Square Plaza

Regina’s City Square Plaza is a controversial space for a lot of different reasons – for me the three biggest are that it was massively over budget, cars and pedestrians share the space which in my opinion is a recipe for disaster, and the architectural features are ugly.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually think the plaza is a good idea, I just have issues with the execution.

There are now food trucks on the plaza, salsa dancing lessons on Thursday nights, noon hour entertainment, and of course, the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings now has a tonne of space (plus the Night Market once  a month on Thursdays was an awesome idea) – so the optimist in me hopes that in time it will evolve into an even better space.  And, in the right light, it does look sort of nice… I took these with my iPhone on Tuesday night at about 6pm.

looking West on the Plaza

looking West on the Plaza

looking West on the Plaza

looking West on the Plaza – slighty different from the first pic

looking West on the Plaza at Cornwall Street

looking East on the Plaza at Cornwall Street

City Square Plaza  at Cornwall Street

I still think the architectural features are ugly :)

I still think the architectural features are ugly 🙂

checking out the Plaza from Victoria Park

view from Victoria Park

the Leg. on a Saturday Afternoon

I took these pictures of the Legislative Building with my iPhone on Saturday after work. I haven’t taken a lot of pics this winter, but now that the days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer, I’m starting to come out of hibernation! It’s been a long winter, with a LOT of snow. I think I may need to invest in rubber boots this year and hope for a slow thaw, because there is going to be a lot of water when it starts to melt. Maybe there will be some interesting picture taking opportunities!

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rooftops

I went out on my balcony this morning (it was only about -6 outside, so not too bad!) and got this shot.  I’m quite happy with the way it turned out and how the brick on the First Baptist Church (foreground) and Knox-Metropolitan United Church looks on a grey Sunday morning. That’s Regina’s City Hall in the background.

rooftops

It made me think of the song “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters so I looked up the lyrics and really liked them, here’s an excerpt:

When I come home feelin’ tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let’s go up on the roof (up on the roof)

morning walk

It’s another beautiful Saturday in Regina – the sun is shining and the air is crisp – quite appropriate for the first day of Fall.  The temperature fell below zero overnight so I wanted to get a few flower pictures this morning before it’s too late, and I also took a few more pictures around my neighbourhood.

Side of the Tangerine/Blush/Nature’s Best building

Another shot of my favourite building and the back of Crave, one of my favourite restaurants in Regina.

Central Park

Avord Tower

garden mum

Neighbourhood Walk Part 2

My favourite building in Regina

Land Titles Building (home of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame)

Knox Metropolitan United Church

The Balfour (condos/apartments)

front entrance of the Hotel Saskatchewan

Central Park

All of these sights are in my neighbourhood.  I’ve lived in Regina for a long time now, and I’ve never really thought of it as a pretty city. (I think I may have said this in a post a few months ago, too!)   I appreciate many of the things the city has to offer, but since I’ve started to get into photography a bit more, it’s given me the chance to see the city in a different way.  There actually are a lot of interesting places in Regina.  (Now if it only it were a bit closer to the ocean!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neighbourhood walk

It’s a beautiful day here so I decided to take my camera with me when I walked to the Canada Post outlet at Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up a parcel this morning.  I’m a fast walker, but today I decided to amble along and really  look around as I walked.  I enjoyed my morning amble so much that I dropped off my package at home and went out again.  (Amble is my new favourite word!).

These are some of the sights in my neighbourhood.

Blessed Sacrament and back of the SaskPower building

side entrance of the Hotel Saskatchewan

downtown rooftops

fall colours

love the colour – not sure what kind of flower it is

More pictures will follow tomorrow in this series…