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.

everybody is not special

More Royal Street window shopping at night….this caught my eye in the window at the Antieau Gallery, it’s from the Monsters and Misfortune Collection and the artist is Chris Roberts-Antieau.

Everybody is not special

Royal Street window shopping at night

My favourite street in the Quarter, especially for window shopping at night.  This is part one (I took a lot of pictures on Royal Street).

Royal Street windowRoyal street window 2Royal street wigsRoyal Street masks 2Royal Street MasksRoyal Street Masks 1

Walking in the French Quarter

Two things about walking in the French Quarter – drivers in New Orleans are crazy and so are cyclists. Pedestrians don’t have the right of way when crossing at an intersection and if you’re crossing a one way street make sure to look the other way so you don’t get hit by a cyclist (who is often carrying an instrument on their back).  Once you understand those two things, you will have a great time exploring the French Quarter.  If you arrive in New Orleans with a car and plan to visit the French Quarter and the Marigny (particularly, Frenchmen Street) you won’t need it,  just park it and walk everywhere.  One of my favourite parts of the trip was just walking and admiring the different types of buildings…

Walking the French Quarter 4

double shotgun house (so-called because if a gun went off and the front and back doors were open, the shot would go straight through the house) 

Walking the French Quarter 2

Creole cottages

Walking the French Quarter 1

Creole townhouses

Walking the French Quarter

edge of French Quarter, approaching the Arts District

Walking the French Quarter 3

 

Craig Tracy Gallery

Art Gallery on Royal Street (my favourite street in the Quarter)

Antoine's

Antoine’s is the oldest family run restaurant in the United States (picture taken from the balcony at the Royal House restaurant where the balcony is at such a slope that they don’t allow glassware outside and I held onto my plastic cup the whole time.)