A nod to Paris, People, Places and Bling

I am sure that Theodora can regal us with better stories of historic Paris hotels.   Although outside of my hotel budget, this short history reminded me of her wonderful blog about the city of lights.  https://peopleplacesandbling.com/
From The Globe and Mail: Paris, I love you: A long-time Canadian regular checks into the revamped Ritz – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/paris-i-love-you-a-long-time-canadian-regular-checks-into-the-revampedritz/article32127230/?utm_source=Shared+Article+Sent+to+User&utm_medium=E-mail:+Newsletters+/+E-Blasts+/+etc.&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

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A trip back to Paris

Inspired by a posting from

Have not been posting for a long time but the recent post by Theadora Brack reminded me of my last trip to the City of Lights.  Her blog posting had many fun pictures and interesting story as always.

A Pom-pom Romp Through Old Parigi

But her last picture in that post reminded me of a picture I took close to Montmartre, very close to that stunning church …or more precisely Basilica of Sacre-Coeur.

Anyway thought I would pay homage to her posting with this picture I took …


Check out her posting and then compare THE PROOF IS IN THE PUFFING  picture with that below.  She could be long lost twin with the lady in my picture.






Desolation Sound

Ancient people sliding into secret fishing grounds. Old world sailing ships lost at sea. Pirate hideouts hiding plundered treasures. 

Just the name opens the imagination to the the whispers of such long forgotten tales.

Located up the BC coast from Vancouver, the islands, bays and fjords in and around Desolation Bay can be accessed from on high via float plane.  I am sure that the views would be spectacular for those so inclined.       

But the only way to really connect to those ancient ghosts is on the water.

 Considered by some to be one of the 1000 (100?) places to visit before passing on to the next world. 

Its siren call has lured me since we moved to the island. Now thanks to great neighbours, and now great friends,  we are about to reduce the bucket list by one.

The Sun stretched out golden arms to sooth the restless ocean waves as we arrived at our departure point south of Desolation Sound. 

Tomorrow we start our journey to the natural wonders that await.  Stay tuned


Till day is done – Rice fields

Sleepy sun rolls over, still time to snooze Moon moves Pai Gow tiles more time to loose

Surrounding dark holds shadows at bay   From too short sleep I greet new day Greedy Chop Stick clings to rice            Stomach growls as I kick the mice  Waste not time to eat, no time to tarry          Leaning on hoe, basket heaved to carry   

 As I trudge up hill yawning sun reflects        The stalks of rice that overnight have slept  Awakening now deeply drink waters sweet Stretching high while roots dig deep  

 Bending low, work has no end in sight.        Day turtle slow while rabbit fast the night

All too soon my body will forever rest       While soaring soul to heaven blessed