Sunday, 20 July 2014

Feast on Foot in Historic Winnipeg

food tour
This past week I took in Afternoon Delight, one of the walking food tours offered by The Exchange BIZ in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The tour began with our guide providing information on the area.

The tour takes place in Winnipeg's Exchange District, one of 16 neighbourhoods across Canada to be designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. The area received its designation because of its significance in the history of Canada in opening up the west and because it contains 140 heritage buildings. In Winnipeg's boom time from the 1880s to 1920, when it was known as "Gateway to the West", this area was the city's centre for the grain trade, finance, and manufacturing.

Winnipeg has more restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada. There are 40 restaurants in The Exchange District's 20 block area. The tour took us to 5 of these, with our guide providing history about the area and the buildings along the way.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Vancouver Public Art

Captain George Vancouver Statue
Bronze statue of Captain George Vancouver
by artist Charles Marega,
installed in 1936 on north side of Vancouver City Hall

You can find public art throughout the city of Vancouver, British Columbia - at civic buildings, in parks and public spaces, on street corners, in transit shelters, on walls and fences, in community gardens, and places of business. The city has a strong Public Art Program that views public art as a integral component of anything the city builds. It works with artists, communities, and private developers. The program supports permanent and temporary installations, providing an ever-changing landscape of public art. 

During my visits to Vancouver over the last few years, I've seen a small but fascinating sample of Vancouver's public art, a combination of Public Art Program installations and other initiatives.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wandering Through Gastown


Gastown the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a popular tourist spot. Victorian buildings along cobblestone streets house shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, offices, and apartments.

Gastown was born in 1867 when "Gassy Jack" Deighton arrived at the lumber mill, the only non-native settlement in the area. He'd brought a barrel of whiskey and told the mill workers he'd give them a drink if they built him a saloon. The saloon was up and running within a day.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Travel Then and Now

travel then now

While sorting through old boxes, I discovered postcards friends had sent me years ago. That find made me think about all the ways travel has changed in the last thirty to forty years.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Scottsdale On and Off The Trolley

Scottsdale trolley map

A fun way to explore Scottsdale, Arizona, sometimes called "The West's Most Western Town", is to spend a day hopping on and off the free Downtown Trolley. Trolleys run every 15 minutes daily from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Thursdays service is extended to 9:00 pm. Downtown Scottsdale has plenty of free parking. You can park your car and explore via the trolley and your feet.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

To Add To A Verb

 The road to hell is paved with adverbs. Stephen King

If you see an adverb, kill it. Mark Twain

Writing advice usually includes instructions to remove or replace adverbs. If so, why do adverbs exist at all? Do they have a place in good writing? Is adverb phobia justified?

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Chocolatour Book Tour: Exploring the Many Flavours of Chocolate

(Cover photograph by Mike Adam)
Today's post is a stop on a virtual book tour for Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate. Each day on a virtual book tour, a different blogger posts an article about the book and/or the author. I met author Doreen Pendgracs through online blogging communities and discovered we lived within 50 miles of each other. I am excited to be the seventh stop on her eight day virtual book tour.

In Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate, Doreen introduces readers to chocolatiers, chocolate makers, cocoa growers, and insiders at chocolate events and attractions around the world. Volume One features the best of Europe and the UK. The book's A-Z Guide for Chocolate Lovers provides introductions to noteworthy chocolate companies across the globe. Doreen is currently researching Volume Two, which will feature the best of the Americas and the Caribbean.

Doreen is immersed in the world of fine chocolate and has been a key note speaker at chocolate festivals and events. In this stop on the book tour, I interview Doreen about chocolate events.