On the upper level of Le Tréport, we noticed these stairs. They looked out of place, surrounded by a stunning vista but seemingly going nowhere. It turns out that they were once part of Hotel Trianon, a grand hotel turned WW1 British Military Hospital. Later, during WW11 the German forces bombed the site. All that…… Continue reading Hotel Trianon
Check out my full post about this impressive monument, showcasing contributions made by French citizens throughout history. Bonne journée! Marla I’ve accumulated a large (admittedly random) collection of photos of my feet taken during my travels. I thought it might be fun to occasionally share them here on MOTM and link each photo to a…… Continue reading My Feet At ..
It was September 16th of the year 1868, and a long hot Summer day in the gold rush town of Barkerville. According to the story passed from one generation to the next, that afternoon saw a man make an unwanted move on a woman at the back of Adler and Berry’s New Fashion Saloon. A…… Continue reading Fire!
Because the old Gold Rush town of Barkerville was so remote, its residents struggled to keep correspondence up with loved ones back home. Initially letters were sent with friends traveling between Victoria and nearby Quesnel. It wasn’t very reliable, and I imagine it didn’t help with feelings of homesickness. It wasn’t until several years later,…… Continue reading Barkerville Post Office
Dr. Wyatt, great-grandson of James Watt (he patented the steam engine) moved to Barkerville with his wife in 1882 where they set up house. Dr. Watt was a surgeon at the Royal Cariboo Hospital and also ran a private practice in an office attached to his house. Imagine being injured and needing this man to…… Continue reading Dr. Hugh Watt
Not unlike modern times, the buildings and properties of Barkerville were regularly bought and sold taking on different forms. The history of a single building can often make you dizzy with its twists and turns. A prime example of this would be the Nicol Hotel Museum. What was once a dry goods store owned by…… Continue reading Nicol Hotel Museum
Because Barkerville is so remote (even today the nearest city is over an hour’s drive away), much of the necessary supplies were produced onsite. A real community was built by craftsmen looking for a way to create a living for themselves while providing the products and services the citizens would need for their daily lives.…… Continue reading John Bibby’s Tin Shop
At its peak during the mid 1860’s, the town of Barkerville was home to approximately 5000 people. Much of its population was in town temporarily, hoping to get rich quick before leaving with pockets full of gold. This created the need for rooming houses, where miners could rest their achy bodies at the end each…… Continue reading A Place to Lay Your Head
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! But at some point, the powers that be decided that they were ugly and ruining the look of the city. A law was passed and only…… Continue reading Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver