Baleal, Portugal

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Happy Canada Day, eh!

July 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’re celebrating our 145th birthday… built on peace, order and good government. We’re not a flashy bunch. But we know what we have is special. And that’s what we celebrate today.

So happy birthday to all my fellow Canucks!

Happy Canada Day!

Roaming: Barcelona Revisited

June 23, 2012 § 12 Comments

Ciutat Vella

Carrer de Ferran

Ibericus – a butcher shop

Cone of Meat (or at least that’s what I called it)

Authentic Paella

Plaça Réal

You know that point when you realize you’re going on a trip SOON but it’s really, actually, not soon enough? Yes… that’s me these days. Lots to do and no energy to do it because my brain has taken an early leave of absence – without permission!

In anticipation of my travels… I thought I’d look back on my trip to Barcelona earlier this year – one more time – and whet my appetite, relive some memories and help get me through the next few weeks before my vacation!

Snapshots of some of my favourite things:

  • Barcelona architecture – all around – it was beautiful!
  • Carrer de Ferran – I walked this street between La Rambla and the El Born District a ‘million times’ and loved it each time.
  • Ibericus – this boutique butcher shop was located in a shopping mall! The Spanish take their cured meats very seriously and the ‘Cone Of Meat’ was something I’ll never forget.
  • Paella – I loved the presentation of this dish as much as the dish itself!
  • Plaça Réal – one of the many squares with arched colonnades – great for sitting outdoors and people watching.

Wanting: Anything

June 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

Everyone knows accessories make the outfit.

These are Michael Sodeau’s Anything desk accessories. I especially love the scissors. You?

Andy, My Mini Cooper…

June 14, 2012 § 7 Comments

Six years of zipping around in my Mini Cooper (I named him Anderson Cooper) is coming to an end. It’s time for a change. Sniff…

I’ll miss the little voice in my head that squeals ‘oh, you’re so cute’ as I approached you each and every time. I’ll miss your seatbelt warning bop, your oval-shaped side and rear view mirrors (again, oh so cute). I’ll miss the changeable interior ‘mood lighting’ (which, admittedly, I changed according to my own mood ALMOST each and every time). I’ll miss parallel parking in teeny, tiny spaces and being the envy of all other normal sized vehicle drivers. I’ll miss our road trips to Montreal and New York and all points in between. Most of all, I’ll miss how everyone else gushes over you and wants to know what you’re like to drive when they see me pull up (I actually loved that!).

Yes… you are a sporty, attractive, little go-carting, wonder machine!

But imagine driving a go-cart everyday for six years!? Yup. It’s time…

Farewell, my dear Andy. May your roads be smoothly paved wherever your new owner takes you!

***UPDATE: I just realized that I’m really going to miss zipping around in my underground garage pretending to be in the movie The Italian Job. Sigh…

Jubilation, Stardust and Banksy

June 6, 2012 § 2 Comments

Is there anything more British than Her Royal Highness, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and street artist Banksy? Combined? I think not.

We ARE amused. :)

Wanting: Vintage Bike

June 6, 2012 § 11 Comments

How sweet is this ride? So sweet it brings this song to my mind…

I want to ride my bicycle.

I want to ride my bike.

I want to ride my bicycle.

I want to ride it where I like.

Bicycle from Brooklyn Cruiser. Lyrics by Freddie Mercury of QueenBicycle Race.

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