Festive Friday

Yikes! I’m a couple of days late for my Festive Friday post. This week has been a bit of a blur, so I do apologise.

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Spinning Chandelier

Vancouver is home to a new public piece of art work, this time in the form of a massive chandelier hanging under Granville Street Bridge.

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Contemporary Art Perplexes Me

Offsite is the Vancouver Art Gallery’s cleverly named offsite public exhibition space, featuring temporary installations of contemporary works. Featured artists are said to, “consider the site-specific potential of art within the public realm and respond to the changing social and cultural conditions of our contemporary world.”.

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Festive Friday

I thought it might be fun to share festive holiday shots every Friday this month. In my first installment, I’ll share some of the things that James and I spotted while out for a walk through downtown Vancouver last night.

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Lumière At English Bay

Lumière is an annual event here in Vancouver that is said to be inspired by light and artistic expression. A few minutes walk from our apartment, at English Bay, is the current home to one of this year’s 4 public installations. Recently, on my way home from work one evening, I decided to check it out.

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Definitely Dali

If you’re strolling around Downtown Vancouver any time soon, you may come across Salvador Dali’s, “Space Venus”. I’d have said you’d find yourself face-to-face with the sculpture but, well, this Venus is clearly headless. Her neck is adorned with a typical Dali “melting” clock, made most famous perhaps by his 1931 painting, “The Persistence of […]

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We Remember

Just a quick photo from Victory Square where crowds gathered for the 95th Annual Remembrance Day ceremony here in Vancouver.

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A Life Update

The last time I checked in, James and I were in the grips of a nasty virus that seemed to have permanently moved in with us. I’m happy to report that we’re both feeling a lot better. We’re still not 100% recovered, but we’ll take what we can get.

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Pitt River Regional Greenway

Our house has been hit by the nasty cold making its way around these parts. My department at work hasn’t been fully staffed in weeks as we each take turns with sick days. Just when you start to feel better, symptoms return and knock you back down.

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Derby Reach Regional Park

My parents have their trailer down at the Derby Reach campground, which sits on the Fraser River. They invited James and me to come stay with them for a night, and we jumped at the chance.

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Iona Beach Regional Park

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 […]

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Barnston Island

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. […]

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Faubourg

The weather forecast for this weekend was dismal. So when the rains tapered off yesterday and there was a tiny hint of sunshine, I threw on my coat, grabbed my wallet and headed out the door. I had no idea where I’d end up. I just needed to get out of the house.

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MOV | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and the HR Macmillan Space Centre (known by locals simply as The Planetarium) share a building in Vanier Park on False Creek.

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I See Dead.. Animals

I used to be quite squeamish about taxidermy. I once knew someone who’s parents had stuffed pheasants on a ledge above the main staircase of their house.

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Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver

Back in the 1950s, Vancouver was home to more neon than Las Vegas. We had a staggering 19,000 neon signs .. 1 for every 18 people at the time!

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Pitt River Regional Greenway

Vancouver is bursting with Spring-ness and I couldn’t be happier. It’s my favourite time of year. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than heading outside for a walk in the sunshine?

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French Moderns

I recently visited the Vancouver Art Gallery, to check out their current exhibition. French Moderns, Monet to Matisse, highlights the pivotal role Paris played in modern art from 1850 to 1950.

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