City of Light

Paris – city of light

Is Paris called the city of lights because it was the first city to use street lighting or because it was the center for enlightened thinking in the 18th century?

Monparnasse Tower

Montparnasse Tower

From these sunrise pictures it is clear that they do not waste power by leaving the lights on all night.

Sunrises over Paris

Sunrises over Paris

Sacre Coeur at dawn

Sacre Coeur at dawn

Sunrises on Paris

Sunrises on Paris

Spring Sunrise

Spring Sunrise

At night the streets are well lit to allow for safety while business continues late into the evening. Many businesses do not open up until 10:00 AM.

Montparnassse

Montparnassse

In some parts of the city, the night activity is different from the daytime activity.

Place Pigalle

Place Pigalle

At this corner we waited for the train to take us up to the top of the hill to visit Sacre Coeur Cathedral. All along the street shop keepers were doing business as usual.

Place Pigalle film shoot

Place Pigalle film shoot

In the daylight hours it is a scene for some advertising photos. The actor is sitting on the fountain in the pin stripe suit. The photographer is hanging from the street lamp. <city of light?> The young man below him is reflecting light to reduce the  shadows behind the actor. The scene is being photographed in front of the Paris By Night Cabaret, Folie’s Pigalle.

At night the business is cabaret and club diner shows.

Moulin Rouge dinner theatre

Moulin Rouge dinner theatre

Most internationally known of these is the Moulin Rouge.

 

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Moulin Rouge clip;   https://youtu.be/DmZAdsT0JDU

 

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Sacre Coeur of Paris

Sacre Coeur of Paris

The cathedral on the hill, Sacre Coeur, watches over the city of Paris.

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

And this is what can be seen.

View of Paris from Sacre Coeur

View of Paris from Sacre Coeur

View of Paris from Sacre Coeur

View of Paris from Sacre Coeur

 

View of Paris from Sacre Coeur

View of Paris from Sacre Coeur

This is what the city sees:

Sacre Coeur of Paris

Sacre Coeur of Paris

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Side Door into Sacre Coeur

Side Door into Sacre Coeur

Sorry, visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside.

Train ride up to Sacre Coeur.

Train ride up to Sacre Coeur.

Getting up to the top of the hill is part of the adventure. The last part can be done by train. On a sunny day the scenery is impressive.

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The cobble stone roads still serve well.

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Le Louvre

Glimpses of Le Louvre

I cannot give you a complete tour of the world famous museum of art but I offer up a glimpse of what you will find inside. Fortunately the internet has an extensive collection for you to explore.

Louvre Inverted pyramid lobby

Louvre Inverted pyramid lobby

Louvre waiting room

Louvre waiting room

There is a vast cavern below the streets where all of the tour busses park and drop of the visitors. Elevators lift the crowds up to the ticket office / lobby where groups assemble, buy refreshments, and visit washrooms before the tours begin.

Louvre

Louvre

The building itself is a work of art in addition to the masterpieces it contains.

ceiling decoration

ceiling decoration

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louvre gallery

louvre gallery

Fortunately photographs are allowed in many of the rooms as long as flash is not used.

one of many galleries

one of many galleries

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I am not a student of art so I cannot comment on the wonderful creations within the museum. My visit was guided so that our group could see the highlights in the afternoon scheduled for us. It is possible to spend a lifetime admiring all of the beauty captured in these buildings.

the waiting room

views from all angles

Some of the sculptures and paintings are well known and are well documented in other places. In this brief post I can only give a quick glimpse of such a vast collection, all of which is never all on display at the same time.

Mona Lisa in Louvre , Paris, France

Mona Lisa in Louvre , Paris, France

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Link to video of glass Pyramid: https://youtu.be/s7BtCTQ9zl0

 

 

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April in Paris

An Overview of Paris

Paris is a very interesting city. It’s central part is only 105 square kilometers and is home to 2.25 million people. That averages to 21,428 people per square kilometer.

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Of that space a lot is dedicated to official buildings churches and parks. The head count does not include the souls in the cemeteries.img_3118-1280x851

Cemetary

Montparnasse Cemetery

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The “high rise” apartment buildings are outside of the city center. There is an inner ring road enclosing Paris and three surrounding “departments” and an outer ring road enclosing four more departments. The eight are called the Île-de-France.

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Mont Parnaise Tower

Montparnasse Tower

The tallest tower, and unappreciated by the locals, is a modern 210m tower with panoramic views from roof terrace and 56th-floor observation deck.

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Sacre Coeur

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Sacré-Cœur Basilica like the Eiffel tower and the Montparnasse tower are landmarks on the skyline of the city.

http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/

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setting sun lights the tower.

setting sun lights the tower

April and May 2016 weather was cooler than normal so the spring flowers lasted a little longer. These pictures were taken the first few days of May.

April in Paris

April in Paris

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Flying Around Kenora

Flying Around Kenora

If you look up, there is always something flying around Kenora. It could be a duck or goose or bald eagle. It could be a helicopter or an airplane fitted with pontoons for landing on the water.

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More than 300 bald eagle nests can be seen around the lake. This is a sign that the effort to eliminate DDT weed killer in the environment has allowed the egg shells to harden properly for the chicks to survive.

Orange Ambulance

Orange Ambulance

The Orange Ambulance service is busy year round transporting anyone needing medical assistance to the regional hospital.

float plane

float plane

Being careful to clear the power lines.

Behind the main street stores

Behind the main street stores

Many of the flights begin and end at the dock just behind the main street. Can you imagine having to fly into town for groceries? Many of the flights will take a fishing party out to a remote lake to catch the “big ones”.  For the bigger parties they have bigger planes.

The bigger one

The bigger one

These people came down to the dock to look at the planes and take some pictures. Now they are interested in the cruise boat I am taking their picture from.

Interesting

Interesting

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Watching the planes land is always fun.

ready for touchdown

ready for touchdown

Did I mention the ducks?

almost down

almost down

Lower.

Wait for it.

Wait for it.

Almost.

down and done

down and done

Now we have to get over to the dock. We flew by it when we were landing. It is back the other way.

One last video clip:  –  link to YouTube video:  –   https://youtu.be/2LYuG1DfDR0

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Kenora landmarks

Kenora Landmarks

Like all communities, Kenora has a few unique landmarks, and a mixture of old and new architecture. The red building is the old post office. The modern white building at the water’s edge is a tourist information center. Above it are the church and water  tower.

Kenora's old and new

Kenora’s old and new

If you talk to anyone who has driven through the town, they will most likely tell you about the big fish.

Husky the Muskie

Husky the Muskie

In one of the narrow channels between islands is a warning of the dangers caused by the strong currents. This is called Devil’s Gap.

Devil's Gap

Devil’s Gap

One of the best ways to enjoy the feel of life in this vacation land is to take a leisurely boat tour.

Grace Ann II

Grace Ann II

For some residents, this is not a vacation destination, but a full time, year round home.

Year round homes on the water

Year round homes on the water

The scenery is always changing.

Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods

There are all kinds of activities to challenge and hone your skills.

Sailing on Lake of the Woods

Sailing on Lake of the Woods

This hotel is one of the landmarks to guide boats back to town and to the Safeway grocery store on the left. One tourist guide likes to joke about this being the only “safe way” to get your groceries from your boat.

A landmark hotel

A landmark hotel

Here is the view from the water of that quiet park I included in my post a few days earlier.

Norman beach

Norman beach

 

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Water, bridges and rails

Water, Bridges and Rails

At this end of the bridge  the Five Roses Flour Mill once stood. It was a good location because of the abundant water power and its proximity to the wheat fields of the prairies in the west.
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The water flowed under the bridge and off to the right where the water wheel was. It was an old mill and the power from the wheel was connected to the various machines by very long canvas belts which turned the wooden pulley on each machine.

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The recreation station

The sunset pictures from the previous post were taken from the corner of the parking lot in the upper left.

When the mill was in operation, CPR trains brought boxcars of grain to the mill and took the packaged flour away to Winnipeg in the west and off to Terminals on the great lakes and on to the cities in the east.  There was a train station to the left of the lower picture.

The trains still use this track but there is no stop near by. There is no passenger traffic on these rails, only freight.

There is no station

There is no station

to and from the west

to and from the big sky in the west

to and from the east

to and from the east

In the winter the lake freezes and boats are replaced by snow mobiles. It is pretty cold playing hockey outdoors, and those who want to throw rocks in the winter, want a more controlled ice surface. The building below replaces two separate buildings that used to sit side by side. The left entrance is for those interested in the game of curling. The right doors are for the hockey and figure skating fans.

Community ice center

Community ice center

pedestrian bridge

pedestrian bridge

This unique bridge was built to allow people to park at the arena to the left and cross to the baseball diamond on the right. Unfortunately the insects know when the baseball games are on and love to feast on the players and spectators. That puts a new meaning on hitting a fly.

a unique bridge

a unique bridge

Bridge over untroubled water

Bridge over untroubled water

 

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North Shore – Lake of the Woods

As planned, I arrived before sunset and went for a walk to explore the town.

A calm clear evening on the lake

A calm clear evening on the lake

 

At one time there was a Five Roses Flour Mill on the far shore at the left above the red and green navigation buoys. Now only the three story business office remains. My next post will show you some pictures taken from that end of the bridge.

Sunset July 14 at 9:15 PM

Sunset July 14 at 9:15 PM

The sun sets later in the summer north of the 49th parallel.  Summer is short but the longer days help make up for it.

A small park between the lake and the highway

A small park between the lake and the highway

The next morning, I found this lovely park. It is near the point where the Lake of The Woods empties into the Winnipeg River. The water in the lake flows north from the US border, around 14,522 islands, before leaving on its way to Hudson Bay. *

Sailing by the park

Not Sailing by the park

Moving closer to the water, you will see a few of the islands. Each one has a name, but maybe a different name to different people. If you live or own a summer home on one of the islands, you will need a boat to go just about anywhere.

A quiet beach for a picnic

A quiet beach for a picnic

Family, Boats and Water; how great is that?

Family, Boats and Water; how great is that?

If you live or play here in the winter, you might be able to use something like this. This one is a museum piece but was used to carry people and supplies to the logging and mining sites around the lake.

A snow bus

A snow bus

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*   Facts about Lake of the Woods:

http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/10-facts-about-lake-of-the-woods
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Summer in South Central Canada

Summer in Canada is a great time to be outside. There are opportunities to get close to nature.

Boating on Lake of the Woods

Boating on Lake of the Woods

Boating is a great way to unwind from the busy week in the city. It always seems cooler on the water, but the sun reflecting off of the water can quickly burn unprotected skin. Fishing can be relaxing while waiting for the fish to bite, and water skiing or wakeboarding can be a fun way to get a good workout.

This summer I flew from Toronto to Winnipeg to visit some of my cousins.  Winnipeg is the capital of the Province of Manitoba, and is near the center of the great country of Canada.

Canada

Canada

For the weekend I rented a car and drove from Winnipeg to the Lake of The Woods which is back in Ontario. It is only about 35 miles from the Ontario / Manitoba border and is on the Canada / USA border. The USA border actually juts up into the lake at an unusual angle called the Northwest Angle.

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Lake of the Woods is a two hour drive from Winnipeg

I carefully planned to reach the motel before dusk. Although the route is the major Trans Canada Highway, it is only one lane each way and deer wander across the road in the evening hours.

Yield to the deer on the roadside.

Yield to the deer on the roadside.

The deer wander through the towns, sampling the food growing in gardens and flower pots. They like the tender new growth of young trees as well.

Deer are thriving on residential gardens.

Deer are thriving on residential gardens.

 

 

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Tai O

Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O is an old fishing village in the “New Territories” of Hong Kong. It is actually a small island connected to the west of Lantau Island by two small bridges. In addition to fishing, it used to produce salt from the sea water. With declining revenue from fishing, the main source of income now is tourism. It helps to be near the feet of the Big Buddha statue. (especially when his head is in the clouds to the right)

Tai O fishing village

Tai O fishing village

 

The small boats are the way to the big boat, work place.

The small boats are the way to the big boat, work place.

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Gateway to the sea

Gateway to the sea.

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fishing and the sea are the way of life

fishing and the sea are the way of life.

 

At least two boats are required for a Dragon Boat Race.

At least two boats are required for a Dragon Boat Race.

Here is one of the locals checking out a boat. Obviously an avid fisherman.

A decision to sit on the boat

A decision to sit on the boat

 

At the end of the dock, one more step.

At the end of the dock, one more step.

 

Success, how's that.

Success, how’s that.

Behind the waterfront property is a street of vendors and an interesting temple; actually two temples. The door on the left leads to the Kwan Tai Temple to honour the god of war and righteousness. The door on the right leads to the smaller Tin Hau Temple where prayers are made for a healthy and safe life.

A tale of two Temples

A tale of two Temples

The left was originally built during the Ming Dynasty 1488-1505. Prayers here are for the protection from evil. The right temple is more recent, built about 1722, in the time of the Qing Dynasty. The bamboo roof has to be replaced frequently, about every 20 years.

restored roof

restored roof

 

Tin Hau roof restored

Kwan Tai roof restored

Below is a satellite view of the village. Can you see the one bridge on the left? The other is off of the top center.

Satellite view of the village

Satellite view of the village

Please join me on a 3 minute boat ride to see the waterfront properties. I have a video saved on youTube for you. Click on this link: https://youtu.be/w_jjJaW2es4

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