I’m All Yours Sunshine

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I’m all Yours Sunshine

It’s so hot in the Philippines now and everytime i feel the summer heat some memories keep flashing again.  Let me recall some of them:

After the alleys and the cobbled streets, we decided to walk in the park and indulge in the typical summer quebec city landscape.

The view of the sunbathers, some half naked, others fully dressed,  not  in the beach, but on a park full of greens.

Oh, what we usually ignore and take for granted in a tropical country is truly anticipated with excitement and enthusiasm in a country endowed with four beautiful seasons.

How i wish i could remember the last time i invitingly said “I’m All Yours Sunshine.”

 

 

 

 

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The Bridge with a View

ottawatours  Ottawa is endowed with so many beautiful panoramic views, let me show you the Parliament Building as captured by my lens from a different perspective….one was taken at the Alexandra bridge and the other was at the  fountain area outside the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
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Steel Nature

thetresscalgaryHeading to Calgary Tower, i happened to pass by in Stephen Avenue Mall, just beside Bankers Hall.  I saw this towering steel art installation themed “TREES,”  You can see  white steel trunks supporting slotted overhead canopies at a such a towering height, a great art installation not miss by  my camera and my wandering eyes! 🙂

 

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People Art Installation

people100Within the  Canadian Museum of Civilization ground in Ottawa, one can’t help but notice tall white figures resembling a human form from a far. Only when you walked towards it, you’ll notice that it’s actually figures of people created by Montreal artist Louis Archambault.for Montreal’s Expo ’67, He named it “People”.   You can pose on his several depictions like emblem of the Sun, depiction of a Pregnant Woman, Three Children, Family, Poet , Philosopher and others. . A cool sculpture that shouldn’t be miss  especially if you’re strolling in that serene park besides the ottawa river. – by JoelF

Me standing on "the "Philosopher" depiction of louis
Me standing on “the “Philosopher” depiction of louis
Louis Archambault's "People"
Louis Archambault’s “People”
"Three Children" depiction of Louis Archambault
“Three Children” depiction of Louis Archambault
Several depictions : The Sun. Philosopher, Poet, Three Children, Pregnant Woman, Family, etc.
Several depictions : The Sun. Philosopher, Poet, Three Children, Pregnant Woman, Family, etc.

Explore The Roar

niagarafallsA few years way back while touring the Grand Canyon in Arizona, I overheard a stranger standing next to me on a cliff that Niagara Falls is just like the Grand Canyon, only a waterfalls version….so I promised myself that next time I’m in Canada, Niagara Falls should be in my top list. Here I am, finally seeing her majesty in her splendid purity! lol.

Well, only  a few hours from downtown toronto, you can  reach the town of niagara either by taking  a public bus straight to niagara or  via rail (train) or avail of the package tours being offered in your hotel. I decide to go there all the way commuting through the bus. When the lady on the bus terminal asked where i’ll be going, i told her i’ll go to niagara falls, then she asked me “would you like to go straight to niagara or dropby in st. catherine?” i asked her what’s in saint catherine? She told me, you can look around there  while wait for a bus heading to niagara, if you’ve got the time but if you take that route, you’ll be taking 3 bus rides starting here before you reach the niagara center while if you take the niagara ticket, it’s only one straight bus ride and you save a little for one ride.  Hmm, several bus rides before i see the falls, that must be exciting! I bought the ticket to St. Catherine and told her, i’ll just buy the ticket to niagara when i reached st. catherine. hehehe.

I arrived in St. Catherine past 2 pm. Have a walk around the neighborhood, ate late lunch and an hour after decide to go back to the terminal to buy a ticket and wait  for the bus. Finally i arrived in the small town of niagara. It breathe a mini vegas air.  Colorful billboards that advertise products, several hotels and restaurants and so many casinos! I was tempted to stroll around but was advised by a local, who i happened to chat with inside the bus that if i want to see the falls, i might as well go straight to it, buy a ticket and enjoy the experience before strolling in the center as the Maid of the Mist is open only until 5 pm during weekdays, she said “you can always stroll the center after that, it’s still kicking even on night time ,but the boat ride is only until 5.”  I thanked her for that so i walked straight to find the ticket booth, fall in line and alas see Niagara Falls.

niagara5It’s such an overwhelming experience, you get wet (literally), even with your raincoat on and see a rainbow in the end. Memorable!  During the trip, i had my photos taken on the top viewing deck as well as below the deck,  I roam around before we reach the eye of the falls. Enjoyable, you wouldn’t want to leave the boat , too bad i still have to stroll the center. hehehe. niagar8Oh, don’t ask me where and how i spent the night in this town, that will be good for another blog! hahaha. –     By JoelF

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see that rainbow..
see that rainbow..

 

 

heading to the "eye"
heading to the “eye”
almost there
almost there

 

falls and rainbow
falls and rainbow

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Receiving my "Maid of the Mist" raincoat.
Receiving my “Maid of the Mist” raincoat.
maid of the mist boat tour
maid of the mist boat tour
niagara town
niagara town

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the climax. lol. haha
niagara casino …the climax. lol. haha

Raindrops on Our Hair

After a few hours of traveling by bus from Toronto, we arrived in Montreal at exactly 10:45 pm with rains on our heads.  My friend said what a way of welcoming us….shower of blessings, couldn’t agree more.

Although i’ve been to Canada several times since i always drop by in Canada everytime i visit the United States,  this is actually my first time in Montreal.

Flying all the way from Vancouver to Toronto, my friend Lovely convinced me that once i’m in Toronto, it would be a big mistake if i don’t visit  Montreal, and she was right……rain showers must have been a sign of what’s in store for us, endless shower of fun!

hotel y dela montreal
hotel y dela montreal

We arrived on the bus terminal and start walking to the hotel amidst the pouring rain and a slight confusion, thanks to Lovely and her wit we were able to take the right direction.

While Olive was saying “My luggage is all wet,” “mine too ” said Lovely ,i talked back and told them :  how in the world can you girls buy a waterproof mascara and yet you can’t buy a waterproof bag? ….it was just a joke ,i know nobody would wish to rain  when one travels and i know their bags are waterproof of some sort.

After checking in the hotel, we decided to eat on a local pizzeria a few steps away from the hotel. as i am really starving….who wouldn’t ?  two girls as traveling buddies who are always strictly on diet.

Well, that remains to be seen and somehow in the middle of our sojourn ,i know both of them will break their Moses Commandment and that is “Thou shall not eat when one is not really famish!”  lol….

It is  still raining in the morning.. but no rain , not even a storm will prevent me from roaming in montreal. I didn’t travel this far just to stay in the hotel.  Just like Mary Poppins (oh Olive and Lovely reallly have an ala Mary Poppins photo…wait and see..hehehe), we rode a train and off we go to what the locals call “The Old Montreal.”  I love the subway in montreal, every station has its own character.

The first thing we did was visit the cathedral, lots of  pictorials outside and in the cathedral …..stolen shots they say since one was not allowed to take pictures inside the church,as what the old lady was telling us. I obliged but  the two girls did not. We went inside several shops , bought souvenirs, had lunch, visited museums  and off we go for another train ride to watch a puppy pageant and another train ride to see stade and biodome.

We practically almost scout the whole area from downtown to  old montreal to every train stops.  We would start the day at 6 am and practically return to the hotel by  past midnight, non stop, we only pause for breakfast, lunch and dinner because as my two friends said  they are “tired and famished”  lol,. the door

Sculptural glass work by Dale Chihuly infront of Musee Des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (The Montreal Musuem of Fine Arts)
Sculptural glass work by Dale Chihuly infront of Musee Des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (The Montreal Musuem of Fine Arts)

.Lovely is so right,  good thing i drop by in Montreal. otherwise i wouldn’t  really witness the greatest show on earth : Cindeoldmontrealrella and her wet shoes and The Runaway Girl.. a glimpse of the tempest and the lioness when they are struck not by lightning but by Famish.

How i wish i could tell.  Well, a trip is not an adventure unless you have little secrets. 178 🙂  – By Joel F.    

 

 

 

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plaza de montreal
plaza de montreal
metal art
metal art
Musee D'art Contemporain de Montreal
Musee D’art Contemporain de Montreal
asking fo the best diet tips...hehehe
asking for the best diet tips…
Biodome de Montreal
Biodome de Montreal
Ateliers de Creation -Galerie Les Visiteurs a'l' oeuvre
Ateliers de Creation -Galerie Les Visiteurs a’l’ oeuvre
 montreal's subway  stattions
montreal’s subway stations
naughty in montreal
naughty in montreal
Notre Dame Basilica -Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica -Montreal
Breaking the Moses Commandment....lol
Breaking the Moses Commandment….lol
lucien L'allier subway station
lucien L’allier subway station

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art installation in one of the subway stations
art installation in one of the subway stations
eating french ..french resto that serves yummy french cuisine
eating french ..french resto that serves yummy french cuisine
night time in montreal
night time in montreal

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mary poppins in red
mary poppins in red
pita
pita
global dog pageant
global dog pageant
montreal pizzeria
montreal pizzeria
my first montreal meal (not french but mediterranean,,hehe)
my first ever montreal meal (not french but mediterranean,,hehe)