Brilliant skylines in Boystown

Skype chats and gmail, FaceTime – Facebook they’re keeping me connected with the people I love the most and then with some others who I probably would have forgotten years ago. Hyper-digi-connectivity is one thing face to face time with a friend you haven’t seen in over a year is another. The two of us,…

It’s a capital city all right

Fall has come and gone. The coloured leaves of September have long been blanketed in snow. I remember that only a few short months ago I was embracing the wild winds and wavy shores of Lake Superior swimming way too late in the season in the greatest Lake I’ve ever known. I forget the days…

St. Lawrence Market

The St. Lawrence Market is one of Canada’s oldest public markets and in 2012 it earned world recognition when National Geographic gave it top spot in a list of the world’s 10 best food markets. I’m totally inspired by this list by the way. Of the ten markets named in the article, the St. Lawrence Market…

These city streets

The first sight I see is the CN tower standing 550 meters higher than the ramp I am walking down at the waterfront. I can’t smell anything just yet, but I can feel the urban heat warming up my step and I slightly skip a beat as my feet carry me down the ramp, over the…

Liveable cities

Yesterday evening I attended a community meeting hosted by the Sault mayor and our local community college. The guest speaker was Gil Penalosa who is the voice and driving force behind a Toronto based not-for profit called 8-80 cities. The organization’s philosophy is simple, if you can create a city that is safe and attractive…

Remedy for the Winter Blues

The snow started falling last night and it hasn’t stopped. It has pretty much been non-stop northern winter weather ever since I arrived in the Sault this December, but you won’t find me crying the blues. Whatever the season, wherever I am, whomever I’m with and regardless of my budget I like to make the…

Collections and Curious

Growing up I remember my mother having a collection of wooden cheese boxes and silver spoons. This made souvenir buying particularly easy. On my first trips away from home, when souvenir shops were still a novelty, I got excited about buying her a silver spoon with the crest of Cambridge or another with the Fleur…

Favourite spots to stop

One of the best but also the most challenging things about returning to a place you know so well is choosing which of your favourite eateries, stores and neighbourhoods you’re going to visit. I had this dilemma on my most recent trip to beautiful British Columbia. My first stop in Vancouver was of course Granville…

Market Cool

If you ever had a doubt that going to the market was uncool this little photo montage of my best friend’s twins in Antigua, Guatemala would prove you wrong. These two cool cats bring style and attitude to the market hall. It’s been a few years since I was last in Guatemala, but I a…

Back to the Neighbourfood

Mom and I checked out the Neighbourfood Market this past Sunday. I was surprised to see that the set up was different from last month. There were no tables inside the warehouse, but instead all the food vendors were standing under their small tents in the heavy heat. Cooking in 34 degrees couldn’t have been…

What can you buy with one euro in the Hague?

Forget saving your pocket change for the laundry mat, it is much more enjoyable to spend a handful of euro coins at the market in The Hague. The reason I say coins is because just about everything the produce vendors sell comes in a bowl which is priced at one euro. A pocketful of  small…

Neighbourfood Market Amsterdam

On one of the very few days that we actually had some sunshine and warm weather here in the Netherlands I had to tell my friends that I would have to pass on a bike ride to the seaside. Luckily my prior plans — a day at the Neighbourfood Market in Amsterdam did not disappoint. Now I can…