My favourite art museum in Paris, hands down, is l'Orangerie. Located next to Place de la Concorde in Jardin Tuileries, l'Orangerie is conveniently located. It's manageable in size and perfect for those wanting to get their art fix without sacrificing too much time. Plus, most importantly, it's the home to the purpose-built rooms highlighting Claude … Continue reading Monet at l’Orangerie
I remembered this morning that WordPress has polls, and I thought this would be a fun way to use one on my blog. Over the next week, I invite you to have your say and help choose the type of blog post I write next.This poll is now closed to votes.Thank you to everyone who … Continue reading Have your say!
Luxembourg Gardens is dotted with interesting statues, and here are several that I came upon during my most recent trip to Paris. Let's start with this statue of Velléda contemplating the house of Eudore by Hippolyte Maindron. Velléda, if I've got the story correct, was a druid who fell in love with her enemy. The … Continue reading Statues of Luxembourg Gardens
Another long weekend, and another short camping trip across the border. This time we headed to Larrabee State Park in Washington, just past Bellingham. Larrabee is Washington's first state park (dating back to 1915), and boasts views of Samish Bay and the nearby San Juan Islands. It's beautiful with lots to offer, and is popular … Continue reading Larrabee State Park
After enjoying a glass of sweet mint tea at Le Grande Mosquée, it was time to head over to the Panthéon. Originally built as a church to honour St. Genevieve, Roman Catholic patron saint of Paris, the building is now home to the remains of many distinguished French citizens. Once past the friendly staff at … Continue reading Panthéon
Just north of the Vancouver International Airport, at the mouth of the Fraser River, is Iona Beach Regional Park. Popular with walkers and cyclists, it's a lovely place to spend some time in the sunshine. The area is dotted with logs that have been washed ashore over time. At the end of the trail you'll … Continue reading Iona Beach Regional Park
File this under WTH Did I Just See? Just like this. There I was minding my own business, looking out over the Seine when this coasted by. A boat with an aerobics class going on? In a city where I've only ever seen an handful of joggers, and certainly not a group shaking hot pink … Continue reading Aerobics Cruise?
Confession time. I can only remember having crepes twice in my life. I know, I know. This is beyond shameful. My first time was over 10 years ago in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. It wasn't intentional either. Basically, when I was hungry for lunch after a busy morning of sightseeing I learned the hard way that small town … Continue reading Culture Crêpes
The only way to visit this tiny island is to take the free ferry, which consists of a small barge that is pushed across Parson's Channel. The ride takes 5 minutes and, once you arrive, you take the perimeter road by bike or foot. We brought our bikes, and started off along the country road. … Continue reading Barnston Island
While looking through my countless photos from past trips to Paris, I've found that I've covered several of the "must do" day trips from the city - Versailles, Fontainebleau, Chantilly, Giverny, Reims. I've also visited Normandy, which appears on many online lists - though I personally feel that it's too far to go to and … Continue reading Suggestion Time!