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.

Canada 150 – Island Lake Lodge

Throughout this month, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, I’m going to share photos of some of the places I’ve visited in my beautiful country.

You’ll find Island Lake Lodge up, up, up a long, winding road on the outskirts of Fernie, British Columbia.  Beautiful scenery, delicious food, hiking trails for every level of fitness and adventure – it’s a place I’d love to visit again.

2010 – National Geographic Traveler Magazine – Stay List.  “One of the most Unique and Authentic places to stay in Canada”

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Can’t get anymore Canadian than this view

chipmunk with an awesome view

view from Tamarack Lodge

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rail trail

 

 

walking in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful city.  It also made me mad, sometimes!  (Mad, might be too strong a word).  But, the great thing about travel is it makes you adapt.  You can’t think things are going to be like they are at home.  That’s the point of travel – to see and experience different things. Case in point, in Puerto Vallarta, the pedestrian never has the right away and drivers never use their signal lights. You learn this fast. You never know if you should actually step off the curb to cross the street, because the person who may actually appear to be going through the intersection, is actually going to turn right. So, you wait, or run (more  like that nervous traveler fast walk across the street, clutching bag to hip). Everyone drives and talks on their phone (even the bus drivers barreling down the cobblestone streets). Once you get about two or three blocks off the main tourist streets, the sidewalks are extremely uneven.  For someone like me, who likes to gawk at things and take pictures, and is also a little clumsy, this is a precarious situation.  But, you learn to adapt. And it actually becomes part of the charm.

Here are some pictures from a walk through one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Puerto Vallarta:

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a Tuesday sunset

When the temperature is -40 degrees celsius are there nice sunsets?

I realized during the last couple of weeks when it’s been so cold I haven’t paid attention to what it looked like outside. Like everyone else, I’ve  just been scurrying from Point A to Point B as fast as possible (without slipping on icy streets and sidewalks) to avoid frostbite on my nose and cheeks.

Finally, though, we are out of the deep freeze. It was above freezing today – I think the high was +3 and we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset!  I bet many people were outside with their cameras pointed at the sky tonight.

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take me back to New Orleans

I imagine Halloween in New Orleans is pretty amazing with all the ghost stories, mystery, voodoo, and colourful, colorful characters.  New Orleans was amazing when I was there in March – so alive and loud, so much music and food, a little smelly down some streets, a little creepy, but so intriguing, and so unforgettable.  Everywhere you go there is something interesting to see, particularly, at night, when you see things in a whole different way. As you’ll see,  I took a lot of pictures of Royal Street in the French Quarter at night. I will go back someday.

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Cornstalk Hotel on Royal Street, built in 1816.  Like many other buildings in the French Quarter, it’s reported to be haunted.

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St. Louis Cathedral at night. Make sure to check out the last picture in this post…it’s the backside of the church.

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During the day, Jackson Square is full of artists selling their work, buskers, fortune tellers, performance artists, magicians, and of course, tourists.  It’s pretty deserted once the sun goes down.

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My friend here spotted me zooming in and taking his picture from a block away while waiting outside a restaurant – and let me know I wasn’t his friend.

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Red Truck Gallery window on Royal Street, I took a picture of this sculpture called Steadfast by Tom Haney pretty much every time I walked by.  If money was no object, I would have bought it.

 

All of the following pictures are storefronts on Royal Street…

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I really enjoyed walking through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art…

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Back of St. Louis Cathedral…it’s quite a sight in person.

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