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London from The Eye

London from The Eye

Of my many trips to London, I’ve only been up on the London Eye once. This photograph was taken in March of 2007 and it remains a favourite of mine taken in the city of London. The haze around the city mixes with the colours of the sky so beautifully that it makes me pause every time I rediscover this picture. Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower surrounding the bell, as well as all of the Parliament buildings seem to stand out against the rest of the city, along with Westminister Bridge.

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Portland

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved the wilderness. Being surrounded by so many natural beauties living in the far west reaches of Canada, it`s not a surprise that I fell in love with the beauty of Portland, Oregon. In terms of landscape, there are many similarities between my hometown and Portland, except one major perk on the south side… Not as much rain! We do have more beaches in Vancouver, but what’s the use if it’s pouring out?

I’ve visited Portland 3 times, twice on tour for just a couple days and the most recent time, in January of 2011 with my boyfriend at the time. The previous time that I had visited the city, I had made a fabulous friend named Aje and with her enrollment in the “Metal Bowling” league, me and my boyfriend headed south to listen to some loud and rocking music while throwing giant balls down a lane. I assure you, we had a blast!

A couple, friends from back home, (Beckiy and Barry) joined forces with us and we hit the town in search of vintage. Double B are thrift store junkies to that maximum extent! We visited areas around the city with many thrift stores, random one-off shops and even a thrift store located on the corner of N. Williams Ave. and N. Failing St., inside a large, decommissioned double-decker bus from the UK!  (http://www.lodekka.com/) Beckiy and Barry seemed to quickly forge a friendship with the owner, Erin Sutherland, and we were chatting away about vintage for a good hour or two. Throughout their journey to Portland, Beckiy and Barry had visited quite a few thrift shops in Washington state and the 3 of them even exchanged a few clothes. After all the fun, I took a photograph of Beckiy in front of her new favourite place in Portland!

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You can find Beckiy and all things vintage at http://www.trunkofdresses.com

One of my favourite trips around the city that the four of us made, though, would have to be our visit to Pittock Mansion. It’s a gorgeous look-out point with coin-operated binoculars, butthviewthat I was interested in was created by the morning fog. The endless trees, rolling down the side of the hill created an ambiance that seems very serene to me. Here’s to nature, may you enjoy it no matter the city you’re in!

The wilderness behind Pittock Mansion early in the day in the beginning of January in 2011.

My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!

What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:

–       Aboard Transportation

–       Bodies of Water

–      Vehicles

VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)

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Edinburgh

My favourite part of Scotland definitely had to be the stunning landscape. From the steep hills in the city streets to the mountainous climbs in the more rural ares of the city. As the Scottish capital, it is well known around the world for the four-week-long festival held in August annually, during which time the city’s inhabitants double in numbers.

I happened to visit after the hoards of people had moved on, but still you could see signs and advertisements all over the place for various shows held during the time of the festival. Something else you are sure to find in the city, no matter the time of year, are beautiful buildings. First and foremost, Edinburgh Castle. There has been a royal castle on that site since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century and the old world quality of the location makes for stunning visuals.

Edinburgh, the view from Edinburgh Castle.

Today, I choose another a visual from Edinburgh Castle, a view of the city towards the water. Thanks for following, friends!

My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!

What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:

–       Aboard Transportation

–       Bodies of Water

–      Vehicles

VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)

(PS: Sorry three posts were done at once… I noticed today that my previous two (that were scheduled incorrectly :/) hadn’t been uploaded, so enjoy all three!

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Galway

Once I realized I had yet to post about Galway, Ireland, I was shocked at myself! I almost used a photograph from Galway for my “Bridges in Fish-eye” week at the beginning of March, but I had too many photos and excluded it.

There have only been a few places that I’ve been where I pretty much immediately wanted to drop everything and move there. London (England) and Portland (Oregon) were the two main ones, until I laid eyes on Galway, Ireland. It’s almost as if I have a favourite cities according to the population, as London is roughly 7.8 million (2010), Portland is over half a million (2010), and Galway is around 76,000 (2011).  In the case of Galway, pretty much as soon as I arrived, I was warned I would want to stay. As far as I can remember, I don’t think I met a single person who was born in Galway. I met people from Dublin, Northern Ireland, other parts of The Republic of Ireland, England, USA, Canada… All over the place! Galway is the ultimate melting pot, but from what I gathered, arts seemed to have something to do with it!

As with other parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland that I visited, street art is very common. Many stores and restaurants had grand murals on the side of their buildings. Galway is also known for is festivals. From film, to music, to oysters, and art, there’s something for everyone, depending on the time of year.

Another west coast city, I think it’s the draw of the west for me, no matter the continent! Walking from where I was staying (with some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life!), I chose to take the promenade into two to walk along to ocean. Not quite a sandy beach, but somehow the jagged rocks seemed to contrast the water and the sky beautifully.

As with most places I go, I ended up finding some live music in a pub in Galway. Traditional Celtic as can be, the musicians sat in a circle at their own table, Guinness in front of them, wailing away with more passion than you dare expect in a pub. A few patrons here and there were standing and watching them, myself included. With an Irish cider in hand, I snapped a few photos, but in all honestly, the pictures were far from my focus. Here’s a picture of their table, although you can barely see how many were actually playing! I would guess anywhere from 8-12 people, depending on the song. Until tomorrow!

Live music in Galway, in a pub called Taaffes in August of 2011.

My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!

What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:

–       Aboard Transportation

–       Bodies of Water

–      Vehicles

VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)

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