“Ekinaka” – Shopping complexes at Japanese train stations

My Flipboard feed turned up an article on ekinaka at nippon.com. It was not a new idea me because I’ve seen such ekinaka first-hand on my visits to Japan. However, the term is new to me. Ekinaka literally means “inside the station.”

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D’Orsay Morning

View of Montmartre and Tuileries Gardens from the Musée d’Orsay

June 30, 2015 (Tuesday) – Our fifth day in Paris started with a visit to the Musée 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 Musée d’Orsay was another high priority on my visit to Paris. One of my clients had talked about how much she loved the Musée d’Orsay over the Louvre Museum. I know that the Musée 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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Tai Po Railway Museum

As a transit traveller, I inevitably find myself drawn to all things transportation. The Tai Po Railway Museum is a small, but perfectly affordable destination. Nothing is more affordable than free!

The Tai Po Railway Museum is actually the renovated station area of the Old Tai Po Railway Station. The station was built in 1913 and was converted to a museum in 1985 after the new Tai Po Market railway station was open. Although built in the 20th Century, the old station was built with Chinese architecture and ornamentation. Even the Chinese is meant to be read in the old, traditional right-to-left style.

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SkyTrain Station Upgrades

If you travel along the Expo Line in Metro Vancouver, you may have noticed some major station upgrades underway.  The most obvious upgrade at this moment is happening at Main Street Station.  However, big changes are also afoot at Metrotown Station. Main Street Station has been under renovation for the past few months. The whole east end of the station has been cut off under … Continue reading SkyTrain Station Upgrades

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 5 | Waterfront Station/CPR Building

Our Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West made a slight detour from Hastings Street to take a peek at Waterfront Station. We walked along the elevated walkway above Granville Street in the direction of the Vancouver Sun/Province building.  We could see Waterfront Station and the old Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) building down on Cordova Street.  However, this CPR building is not even … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 5 | Waterfront Station/CPR Building

A short ride on Opening Day

August 17, 2009 – opening day for the Canada Line.  Unfortunately for me, it was on Monday.  Fortunately for TransLink, they planned it on a Monday.  The line ups were crazy even for a Monday.  Imagine if they did the fare free day on the weekend.  I don’t remember the Millennium Line’s fare-free day being so busy. I couldn’t get off work until 5pm.  My … Continue reading A short ride on Opening Day

The very late Oakridge Station open house post

Haha…I am over a month behind on my post here.  I’ve been sitting on tons of photos.  The summer gives a lot of opportunity to take pictures, but it’s a pain to sort, organize, and post-process them.  Plus, the recent heat wave didn’t help because I did not want to sit in front of my computer trying to work through a blog post. It wasn’t … Continue reading The very late Oakridge Station open house post

Miss 604 gets Canada Line preview

Canada Line Tour » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca Bollwitt. The “Queen” of Vancouver blogging got a special last Friday and got to ride the Canada Line from end to end.  She has some great photos on her page and her Flickr. Also, the nicest part is the video.  Great quality as you watch the train roll into the station and watch the train … Continue reading Miss 604 gets Canada Line preview

The high cost of ‘free’ parking

The high cost of ‘free’ parking >> Vancouver Sun, July 7, 2009. A very important article in the back of the Vancouver Sun’s Tuesday edition.  Usually you find important transport information on Friday’s when nobody is reading, but this one is a guest opinion-editorial from the looks of it. Municipal regulations requiring urban developments to provide on-site parking seem innocuous and receive little attention in … Continue reading The high cost of ‘free’ parking