Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Skies



Flying to Atlanta on business

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday Shoes - Honolulu

Taken at the Honolulu Zoo - who wears shoes like this to a zoo?



Liverpool

Darn really wish I could post some photos. Hope to rectify this when in Scotland and I have time to figure out the technical problems.
Had a great time visiting the Beatle Story Museum and then the Mystery Magical Tour where we took photos of George, John and Paul's houses.
Great food at the Pumphouse as well.
Off to Scotland, where I hope to catch up on our travels.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Toronto Thursday



I took this picture in subway station the other morning and it reminded me of this Youtube video taken on the Toronto subway.

Day 2 - London

Again photos have to wait...due to technical difficulties.

Sunday was bright and sunny! Grabbed the bus outside the hotel down to Trafalgar Square where we then walked to Westminster Pier and boarded the Thames River cruise to Tower of London.
Visited the Tower then to lunch at the Hung, Drawn and Quartered pub.
Time to visit the Tower Bridge and climb all those steps to the top! Lots of huffing and puffing.
Great walk along the Thames and then over to St. Pauls, as it was Sunday we couldn't climb to the top as planned. Service was taking place and it eas a female minister.
Long stroll back to hotel, with a pub stop at Leister Square. Then dinner around the corner from the hotel, Italian, interesting but certainly not very good.
Some internet time and we were off Monday to Windsor Castle, Stonehege and Bath!

Finally! An Update from the Rose and Thistle Tour

Will have to wait to post pictures, I overloaded the poor Netbook and DH is attempting to rescue it.

Great flight last Friday, quite uneventful. Landed on time at 9PM and within 20 minutes cleared customs and picked up luggage and on our way with our driver Kevin. Checked into hotel (our reservations were missing but they found us a room). Down into the pub with K and B for a proper pint by 11PM. Slipped out for fish and chips at 11:30.
Up early Saturday, full English breakfast (included) and then off to pick up our London Passes. Grabbed a cab and our cabbie got lost! Imagine not knowing where the British and London Tourist Office is???
Then it was on to the HOHO (Hop On Hop Off bus) to Kensigton Palace. The current display was very disappointing.
Before that we stopped off at Harrod's and then lunch at the Bunch of Grapes where B declared it the best club he had ever had.
After the Palace we stopped into the Goat Tavern across the street and then back on the HOHO back to the hotel.
We changed and headed out to Brick Lane to have dinner with J and V who happened to be over at the same time. Great Indian, will go back in 2 weeks when we have more time to wander and take photos.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thirsty Tuesday - Toronto

My office is located above a hotel. Lat year it was renovated and they added a Martini Bar. My Project 365 theme for last March was green so 1) needed to get a green picture, 2) needed to check out the bar.
Notice the needed?


Apple Martini Ingredients


30ml (or approx 1 oz) Vodka
30ml (or approx 1 oz) Sour Apple Schnapps
30ml (or approx 1 oz) apple juice
3 ice cubes
1 slice green apple

Apple Martini Directions

Into a cocktail shaker, pour the Vodka, Sour Apple Schnapps and apple juice.
Add a few ice cubes.
Shake well.
Strain and pour into a martini glass.
To finish, garnish the rim of the martini glass with the slice of green apple.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday's Shoes - Xian China

Gao's Courtyard is a traditional Chinese dwelling in the Muslim quarter of Xian. The former residence of GaoYuesong, is located at 144 of Beiyuanmen. The construction of the courtyard is quadrangle with wood and brickThe courtyard buildings have exhibitions of period furniture, paintings, pottery, porcelain, photos as well as demonstrations of folk art, including a shadow puppet play with traditional music.
These shoes were on display in a bedroom.

Friday, May 14, 2010

TGIF - Random Weddings

Shot in Chicago at the Millennium Park. It is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers.

A Gangster Wedding



A reflection of the wedding party and us in the middle

Reflection of skyline

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Liverpool Planning - 10 Best

From 10 Best





And I think we need to take a ferry tour.

Liverpool Planning - The Beatles

Magical Mystery Tour

Tours depart from the Gower Street Bus Stop at the Albert Dock on Liverpool’s historic waterfront.




Tours depart daily at 2.30pm.
Additional tours at 12 noon on Saturdays, Sundays and during school holidays.
A map showing your departure point is included with your ticket.



Tours last 1 hour 45 minutes and finish at Mathew Street where you can visit the world famous Cavern Club, see the Cavern Wall of Fame and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia in the Cavern Pub.
The Magical Mystery Tour is a must for anyone of any age who enjoys music - and it’s the perfect way to discover the city of The Beatles.

Step aboard the colourful bus for this 1 hour 45 minute tour visiting many of the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm. It lets you take a closer look at some of their childhood homes and places that inspired their most memorable songs like Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. Make sure you bring your camera to record the places you’ll want to remember on this magical tour.

You'll be kept entertained by one of our fully qualified Beatles Guides as you travel around the city and its suburbs to discover the truly remarkable story of the boys who were to become the world’s best known musicians.
The tour finishes at the legendary Cavern Club where you can present your ticket for an exclusive souvenir of your trip.
All tickets £14.95


There's also The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story is open 7 days a week - every day apart from 25/26th December. 9am to 7pm (last admission 5pm).

Your ticket includes the Beatles Story at the Albert Dock and also the Pier Head. Here you can visit our main exhibition, Going Solo rooms, Discovery Zone, Beatles themed Starbucks Coffeehouse, Fab4Store, Fab4D experience and world class special exhibitions held throughout the year.

Admission Prices:
Adult: £12.95

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Calling to and from UK

Dialing from Toronto to London
011 44 20 X
Number 011 is the international prefix used to dial somewhere outside of Canada.
44 is the international code used to dial to U.K..
20 is the local area or city code used to dial to London.
X is the local number you are calling.
To Edinburgh
011 44 131 X

To call Canada from the UK
00 1
Area code (416 or 905) and the phone number.

Happy Mother's Day

My sister, Mom and me at Belmont Park outside Montreal around 1960

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday Shoes - Rancho Mirage CA



Statue of a young reader outside the Rancho Mirage Library.  This was taken in 2008 on of our our many trips to Palm Springs.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Breakfast in Birmingham - Plans

Part of our plan is to have breakfast on a barge on the Gas Street Basin.
Floating Coffee Company has excellent reviews so it is on the list. It opens at 9:30 so is perfect for an early start to the day. They serve a full English breakfast and seem to have a couple of barges.

Perhaps after that we could Take the 'Ariel' waterbus for a 30 min round-trip of the canals around Brindley place. The waterbus (a little pink boat - hard to miss, it really is VERY pink) leaves twice hourly from near the bridge between Symphony Hall and Brindley Place, right outside one of the bars on the canal.

Recipes to Try - Italian



New items will be added to the top of the post.

Meatballs The Cottage Smallholder swears this are the best!

Italian sausage and spinach stuffed shells

Penne alla vodka

Sunday Skies - Toronto

A rainbow captured last summer.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Saturday Shoes - Wedding Shoes

Today would be my mother's birthday. So in honour of that day I am posting a picture of her on her wedding day. The two bridesmaids are her sisters. To my dad's immediate right is his brother.