Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive art & music exhibit

I didn’t know what to expect from going to Imagine Van Gogh. The tickets aren’t cheap, but the experience was worthwhile. It’s worth a visit if you can catch the exhibit in its final days. Imagine Picasso is lining up to come to Vancouver soon, though. By the way, this was not a paid ad. I paid for the price of admission ūüėõ Continue reading Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive art & music exhibit

Mural Search – Mount Pleasant

After walking from the Olympic Village and snaking my way up to Broadway, I finally went south of Broadway. The Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) was my first stop.

This small art gallery had been done up in mostly graffiti style murals, but there was at least one First Nations themed piece and one that I can’t quite describe.

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Mural Search – South Main

The mural search took a huge detour for lunch. I found myself at the Starbucks at the very edge of the Olympic Village. All I had was my iPhone and the Starbucks app to pay for food and drink. At least I had something.

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I also decided to open up my Pokemon GO to see if anything was going on in the hood. That’s when I realized there was a blooming triple-lure spot. Couldn’t help but plunk myself in the Bird Plaza for about an hour to rest up my feet before setting out for more murals ūüėõ

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Mural Search – False Creek Flats

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South of the Main Street SkyTrain Station and Terminal Avenue, one can find a collection of the newest murals in Vancouver. If you don’t mind walking off the beaten path into the industrial False Creek Flats, you will be duly rewarded with artful surprises. Look for the Fontile Kitchen & Bath & Store and the Tim Horton’s. Those two business mark the southern corners of Station Street and Terminal Avenue. Head south until you find the giant red/peach mural on a warehouse wall on the west side of the street. Stand there and get to “Knot Yourself.”

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Station Street – North of Terminal Ave

The Vancouver Mural Festival had taken place on August 20. I didn’t have time to go out and take in all the murals that day. However, the Friday after I went in search of the murals on a hot and sunny¬†morning.

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I got off the SkyTrain at Main Street Station and went north thinking there might be some murals between the SkyTrain and the viaducts. At least that’s what the Vancouver Mural Festival map suggested to me.

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A Day in Versailles – in the Chateau

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July 1, 2015 (Wednesday) – This past Canada Day was spent in Paris. More specifically, we headed out to the famed Chateau de Versailles just outside of Paris. We got up early in the morning and grabbed a quick breakfast at the nearby Atelier Jules. Then we were off on the Metro and then onto a RER train to head out of town. It was already very warm and it would be sweltering record temperatures for the rest of the day.

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Louis, Louis!

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Rodin’s Parisian Garden

In the garden of the Rodin Museum behind The Thinker

June 30, 2015 (Tuesday) – Auguste Rodin was a famous French sculptor who is considered one of the progenitors of modern sculpture. The Rodin Museum was not high on my list of places to visit, but it was just too conveniently placed in between¬†the Musee d’Orsay and¬†Les Invalides, home of Napoleon’s tomb.¬†It was a destination along the way to another destination. Our Paris Museum Pass allowed us quick entry into the museum grounds. So why not?

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D’Orsay Morning

View of Montmartre and Tuileries Gardens from the Mus√©e d’Orsay

June 30, 2015 (Tuesday) – Our fifth day in Paris started with a visit to the Mus√©e d’Orsay. It was a 30 minute Metro ride on the green Line 12 from our Marcadet-Poissoniers. Even though we got to the Museum early, it was already a long line-up to get into the d’Orsay. We had our Paris Museum Pass that allowed us to go through a different line. However, that line was just as busy as the regular ticket line this morning.

The¬†Mus√©e d’Orsay was another high priority on my visit to Paris. One of my clients had talked about how much she loved the¬†Mus√©e d’Orsay over the Louvre Museum. I know that the¬†Mus√©e d’Orsay houses many of the great works of the great artists. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed.

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“Through The Cracks | Spider Man” – Making of a Mural (video)

A non-transit referendum related post to break things up for a bit. An awesome new mural has appeared in¬†an alley behind Columbia St between West 3rd and West 4th Avenues. Here’s a great time lapse to capture the creation of a very dynamic mural. Go to the mural and take¬†some awesome jumping sidekick selfies with it! Hm…I should take my own advice ūüėõ Continue reading “Through The Cracks | Spider Man” – Making of a Mural (video)