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Y2D200 and a Good Friday

Yesterday we saw a couple of eagle’s nests on our tour of Vancouver, but was a little mystified as to why they would set up residence in a city. Apparently it so they can sit on the light posts and pose for tourists when the sun comes out, as it did today (Friday). This was no ordinary posing either – this bird was there for at least half an hour, turning this way and that, showing off his (or her) best side. Though I had great difficulty in making my drawings look like an eagle, and not the lovechild of a parrot and an owl.
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All in all, Vancouver in the rain is charming enough, but when the sun comes out it is quite lovely – what a good Friday for touristing. But be warned,  I could very easily live here….

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Y2D199 and from up high

Today was spent touring Vancouver in a mini sight-seeing bus. We had a small group so managed to spend a little longer at all the stops. There were totem poles, lighthouses, bridges, observation decks and lots of rain. Not really many sketching opportunities though lots of photography (I was playing with the pin-hole setting on my camera), so this view is from my hotel room on the 9th floor.

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Y2D198 and new galleries

Now I’m in Vancouver for a few days, there are a whole host of (public and commercial) galleries to explore. This afternoon I went to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see the Lawren Harris exhibition and the Bill Reid Gallery just down the road for a bit of First Nation inspiration. Not so much drawing in my newest sketchbook today as dissecting the artworks on display. Tomorrow I fully intend to abuse the galleries on Granville Island, I just hope the weather dries up.

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Y2D197 and looking back

This is my last full day on The Canadian. It has been especially picturesque as we went through the Rocky Mountains, and very exciting when we saw both a coyote and a bear (but not at the same time). It is a day that is also tinged with sadness as I said goodbye to new friends in Edmonton and then in Jasper. So now, it is time time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view from the rear window of the bullet carriage as we coast our way into Vancouver.

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So this will now bring me up-to-date. I’m currently in my very posh Sheraton hotel room, but have plans to visit the Art Gallery this afternoon as it is just down the street.

Y2D196 and farm fresh

We crossed the border into Manitoba and then Saskatchewan. Both are relatively flat and full of farms growing various grain crops, but always with a few trees on the side. It was a much better day weather-wise, being rather sunny, though I was not getting out at Winnipeg – -7C is by far too cold for me. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we stop at Edmonton then Jasper.

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I don’t often do a spread in my sketchbook, but the land is so immense, you need all the space you can get.

Y2D195 and lonely hearts

The weather was not the best today (Sunday), but when you’re on a train it does not matter. It is still rather surprising how much snow is still around, and we have seen several lakes and rivers still froze over. This was a picturesque little white church, sitting all alone  by a frozen lake with the town a long skate away.
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Y2D194 and running about

I only had today in Toronto for sightseeing, and whilst I left the hotel early-ish, it didn’t seem like nearly enough time. I clambered aboard the “hop on, hop off” bus for a tour of the city, with gorgeous Thomas providing the commentary, and planned on visiting just two galleries. First stop was the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), where I saw the temporary exhibition (Henry Moore and Francis Bacon), sketched in the permanent Henry Moore plaster cast gallery, then lusted after the paintings in the 19th/20th Century Canadian art rooms. I liked this section immensely; there are so many beautiful, expressive paintings here. However, I only gave myself two hours in the AGO, which was not nearly long enough, as I wanted to allow time for the second gallery. As it turned out, the second one (Museum of Inuit Art or MIA) is rather compact, so I could have allowed another hour. Who knew? Still, now I have something else to go back for. This is a quick sketch of a couple of sculptural pieces from MIA.

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After the gallery, I walked around the harbour front and then back to the hotel to read my book and drink whisky in the Library Bar. The Canadian train, left Toronto at 22:00, so after a little welcome cocktail party, I am now tucked up in my bed typing this out for when I next get access to the internet.

Y2D193 and epic

Hey, I’m back in the blogosphere so here is me catching up on the past five days’ worth of posts….

Today (Friday) I flew from Tennessee to Toronto on two small regional flights. It was fun though we were delayed on the first one as there was too much traffic at Charlotte airport. Luckily my flight out of Charlotte was from the same terminal and so there was no running about like headless chooks. On arrival at Toronto there was more waiting to be picked up by my town car and be delivered to the very swanky Fairmont Royal York hotel. I was feeling more a little fragile by the time I arrived at the hotel but it was nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a warm bath and delicious dinner in their bar/restaurant, named Epic. This is the view from my table across the bar to the foyer and the large grandfatherly clock that is in the centre.

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