Place de la Republique and the Canal Saint-Martin

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July 2, 2015 (Thursday) – I had no idea what or where the Place de la Republique was before I visited Paris. My only exposure to the name was through a beautiful and melancholic French song that is named after this iconic square. Beatrice Martin, or Coeur de Pirate, is the one who got me interested in this square at the crossroads of the 3rd, 10th, and 11th Arrondissements.

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Vancouver-Victoria Passenger Ferry – Will it work this time?

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image from Vancity Buzz

A Vancouver to Victoria passenger ferry is not a new idea. It’s been tried before in the past in various forms. Will it succeed this time? The new ferry is aimed at tourists and not so much at the local market. Maybe that will be the key to attracting riders.

Here’s a look at some past Vancouver to Vancouver Island passenger ferries.

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Miniature Wonderland on Google Maps

Das Miniatur Wunderland, or Miniature Wonderland, in Hamburg, Germany is now on Google Maps. It’s also featured on a neat YouTube video above.

I love places like this. The closest thing to me would be Victoria’s Miniature World, which amazingly I’ve never visited. There was also the Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, which I missed when I visited Osoyoos because it closes on statutory holidays.

However, Miniature Wonderland has now made its proverbial mark on the map with Google Street View directly at miniature street level. One of the views you can find is of this tiny central German town.

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The Covered «Galeries» of Paris

July 2, 2016 (Thursday) – One of my personal interests in Paris was to explore the covered shopping galeries, or passages couverts, of Paris. Because we had a lot of other things planned for our one week trip, I ended up seeing only one of these famed galeries. If I ever go back, then exploring more of these galeries would definitely be on my list.

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The New Little Mountain

The New Little Mountain project has been on my blogging backburner for at least a couple of months. There’s a lot of changes afoot in the neighbourhood at East 37th Avenue and Ontario Street.

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Little Mountain homes boarded up (July 2009)

Originally, the whole plot of land was social housing. It was the first social housing project of its kind. I personally know of a couple of people who grew up in what they affectionately called  “The Projects.”

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Adam Ruins Everything, including Cars

 

I had been meaning to share these Adam Ruins Everything clips, but only got around to it now. Cars and car dealerships have changed the North American landscape. We don’t question the environment we live in, but it doesn’t have to function this way necessarily. Adam may ruin everything, but he definitely gives us food for thought.

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Transport Politic’s New Transit for 2016

Yonah Freemark has been starting off the New Year with a look at New Transit across North America since 2009. Here’s the 2016 edition. Metro Vancouver’s Evergreen Line would have made this map for 2016. However, the tunneling problems involving sinkholes on roads in and around Clarke Road has delayed the complete of the Evergreen SkyTrain Line until early 2017. For an extremely thorough look … Continue reading Transport Politic’s New Transit for 2016

Marché Bastille, Places des Vosges and Le Marais

July 2, 2015 (Thursday) – This Thursday was our last full day in Paris. There were no planned visits to monuments or sights today. Today was foot-based exploration starting with a weekly market at Bastille.

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Bastille monument

Bastille is most famous for it giant copper monument in the middle of a roundabout. It’s the site of the old prison in French Revolution times. Today, though, we were visiting the Marché Bastille set up here on Thursdays and Sundays.

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