Walking Along the Seine

One of my favourite parts of Paris was being near the Seine River. After a long, cold winter, the real purpose of the trip was not to visit the museums, eat the food, and drink the wine (okay that was part of it, too!!),  but to be outside and explore the city on foot.

Every day, and night, included a walk along the river.

spring afternoon by the seineNotre Dame at night



Sunset Silhouettes @ English Bay

English Bay in Vancouver is one of my favourite places. These shots are from a beautiful Friday evening in June where it seemed like everyone was just happy to be outside enjoying the longest day of the year, watching the sunset at English Bay.  I focused in on these two as I found his body language interesting.  A couple? Friends? First date?

perfect first evening of the summer

Summer solstice English Bay 2Summer Solstice English Bay 3Summer solstice English Bay 4

happy place

I didn’t plan to post anything today.  My plan was to be at the Roughriders pre-season game enjoying this beautiful evening, but I woke up at 6am with a terrible headache that has managed to last all day.  I toughed it out at work just in case I felt well enough to go the game (I still follow the rule that if you’re sick and miss school or work, that means you also have to cancel whatever other plans you had – maybe that’s old school). Plus I couldn’t miss work because I had to do a job interview to hire a new person in my unit and oh yeah, because of the contract dispute at the library, if we call in sick, we have to have a doctor’s note (and the thought of spending time at the walk-in clinic on a beautiful weekend is not appealing).  So, when I got home from work I was feeling a bit bummed out about missing out on some Friday night fun.

I made spaghetti with a quick tomato sauce (I didn’t even have a glass of wine, in case people who know me are wondering), had a nap, listened to a few Tragically Hip and Trixie Whitley songs (she’s great, look her up on iTunes) and I feel a bit more human now.  I’m sitting outside on my balcony, with a cup of tea, and my laptop, looking at pictures from a trip to Vancouver Island last June.  It’s not all bad.

These are my favourite pictures from that trip.  I love Vancouver Island, especially Pacific Rim National Park and the Tofino/Ucluelet area.  It’s beautiful. I’ve been there twice in the last three years and hope to go again. I’m a prairie girl who is used to wide open spaces, so the old growth forests are astounding to me and I love being near the ocean.  It’s a very mellow, laidback, peaceful place. I haven’t been there in July/August, the prime tourist season, so it might be different then.  I’d highly recommend a trip there if you have the opportunity.


This was my desktop picture on my computer at work for a very long time.


These are the cottages at Ocean Village Resort, just outside Tofino.  I loved it there.  The accommodations are rustic, but that’s part of the charm.  And compared to the fancy resorts in the area, it’s a very affordable place to stay.


A glass of wine and staring out at the ocean.


Within walking distance from Ocean Village is a cool little store that was stocked with so many tasty things for such a tiny space.  What more do you need for a feast than bread, cheese, fruit and wine? (The wine was bought on a wine tour in the Okanagan earlier in the trip).


This was taken from the outskirts of Tofino.  I think part of the reason I love Vancouver Island and the Pacific Coast so much is I grew up watching the Beachcombers on CBC so the scenery brings back childhood memories.