Monet at Giverny

I won't pretend to be knowledgeable about art. I mean, I can tell the difference between impressionism, cubism and surrealism. But if you were to start discussing post-impressionism in great detail or ask for my opinion on baroque, I'd probably look for a polite excuse to escape before my eyes dried up and fell at... Continue Reading →

The Oregon Garden, Part 2

Yesterday I shared photos of some of the plants and flowers I saw at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. They were cool and kind of subdued. Today we'll look at the brighter photos that I took. I hope you enjoy them. Which is your favourite? I can't decide but I think it's a tie between... Continue Reading →

The Oregon Garden

We visited the Oregon Garden earlier this week for a wander through the enormous grounds (80 acres!). I've split my photos into 2 groups, and today we'll start with the first.. it's more muted than tomorrow's group, but the plants and flowers are nowhere less beautiful. I'm not sure what the above pod is, but... Continue Reading →

Pre-Holiday Madness

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this here yet, but I'm gearing up for holidays. James and I are headed for a relaxing week in Oregon, and then I immediately fly out for a solo trip to Paris the day after we return. There's so much to do before we leave for Oregon, and I'm... Continue Reading →

Roses and The Petite Cannon

Walking further into the grounds of the Palais Royale, you'll find yourself surrounded by gorgeous roses. Or you will if you're lucky like I was, and unintentionally time your visit with their bloom season. And if you look closely, you'll notice a small cannon installed on one of the lawns between the rows of rose... Continue Reading →

Flowers of Chantilly

I'll get to the actual chateau in future posts, but at the time of writing this post the weather here in Vancouver is pretty bleak: grey, cool, scattered showers and not very Summer-y at all. So I decided I needed a pop of colour. Plus, if keep posting about delicious French food, I'll go broke... Continue Reading →

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Continuing on with our visit to the Bellagio Hotel, today we're stopping in at the conservatory to check out the current seasonal display: Japanese Spring Of course, you can't have Spring in Japan without cherry blossoms. One of two red-crowned cranes, symbolising luck, longevity, and fidelity. The Bellagio employs an horticulture staff of 120 to... Continue Reading →

Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory stands out like a weird space ship in a clearing atop Queen Elizabeth Park. Dip inside and you'll find yourself surrounded by lush vegetation and tropical birds. I love how they display air plants in pretty shells. This top one looks like a jelly fish to me. I highly recommend Bloedel Conservatory for... Continue Reading →

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