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Icefield Parkway road trip

The Canadian Rockies, with its daunting peaks, impressive glaciers, gushing rivers, aquamarine and turquoise lakes and towering pine trees, is a terrific region for scenic road trips. There are many routes to choose from but there’s one route that shouldn’t be missed: the Icefield Parkway that runs from Jasper to Banff!

Read the accompanying posts: ‘Fun & Thrills on the Athabasca Glacier‘ and ‘The Drive to Maligne Lake‘.

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The Icefield Parkway

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The rapids of the Athabasca Falls along the Icefield Parkway.

 

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Impressive mountain scenery along the Icefield Parkway.

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The Athabasca Glacier

 

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013 North America 1 Comment

The Grand Dame of Toronto

The Gooderham Building (or Flatiron Building) in Toronto is one of the city’s most loved icons. Many locals refer to it as the Grand Dame. This red-brick beauty was completed in 1892 and is located at the intersection of Front Street and Wellington Street, a short walk away from the famous St. Lawrence Market.

Read the accompanying post: “A Forest of Glass and Steel“.

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 North America 1 Comment

Colourful seafood at Luma

Luma is a fabulous restaurant located inside the TIFF Bell Lightbox complex in Toronto. I love seafood so this seafood platter got my mouth watering the second it arrived. After feasting my eyes on the delightful presentation, I gingerly lifted a slice of tuna into my mouth, followed by a scallop. The subtle flavours and mix of textures were simply gorgeous. I chose more scallops for my main course and they were absolutely outstanding… and colourful too!

Read the accompanying post: “Moments of Luxury in Toronto“.

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The colourful seafood platter

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The scallops as my main course.

 

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Friday, March 29th, 2013 North America No Comments

The curves of the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is one of the largest art galleries in North America, featuring more than 80,000 works of art from the 1st century to more contemporary pieces. The gallery has been renovated several times during its existence; the latest renovations were designed by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry (think Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao) who was born in Toronto. The artworks at the gallery, from Renaissance to Canadiana, were certainly impressive but the most striking features of the museum were, in my view, the gorgeous curves designed by Frank Gehry.

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The entrance of the AGO

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In the entrance hall, visitors are greeted by a stunning winding path.

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In the central hall, I gasped when I saw this stunning curly staircase!

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The upper gallery features an impressive curvy wall of glass and wood.

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The exterior (rear) of the gallery are adorned with more curly staircases!

If you’re in Toronto, the AGO is absolutely a must-visit, if only to admire its gorgeous curves!

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 North America 1 Comment

Colourful chairs at the Halifax Waterfront

The Halifax waterfront is a lovely place for a leisurely stroll. There’s a lot to learn about the history of Halifax at the Maritime Museum. You can also visit the Farmers Market and some of the gorgeous shops along the boardwalk such as Rum Runners and Nova Scotia Crystal. or you can sit in one of these colourful chairs and watch locals and tourists pass by.

Read the accompanying post: “A Stroll Along the Halifax Waterfront“.

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Friday, October 19th, 2012 North America No Comments

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