Sunrise high above Lake Michigan en route from London to Chicago, first leg of my trip
Sunrise high above Lake Michigan en route from London to Chicago, first leg of my trip
Leaving Chicago enroute to DC... passing by the Chicago skyline.
Leaving Chicago enroute to DC... passing by the Chicago skyline.
Love my window seats! I'm the guy who has to spin his baseball cap backwards to get his nose closer to the window. Flying over the Potomac River
Love my window seats! I'm the guy who has to spin his baseball cap backwards to get his nose closer to the window. Flying over the Potomac River
Major score. I booked my whole trip through hotwire. Wound up with a majorly swank hotel: the Omni Shoreham
Major score. I booked my whole trip through hotwire. Wound up with a majorly swank hotel: the Omni Shoreham
DC is famous for its subway system. All the subway stations look the same, and they all look awesome! Utilitarian architecture can look stunning
DC is famous for its subway system. All the subway stations look the same, and they all look awesome! Utilitarian architecture can look stunning
In front of the White House - it's cool checking out the various protestors. Unfortunately only two out this evening: this one advocating green energy
In front of the White House - it's cool checking out the various protestors. Unfortunately only two out this evening: this one advocating green energy
The White House
The White House
The White House. Didn't see the Obama family.
The White House. Didn't see the Obama family.
The National Mall and Washington Monument as seen from the W Hotel roof
The National Mall and Washington Monument as seen from the W Hotel roof
The beautiful fountains and structure of the World War II memorial
The beautiful fountains and structure of the World War II memorial
The famous reflecting pool... reflecting the nighttime view of the Capitol Building in the distance, the Washington Monument, and a full moon
The famous reflecting pool... reflecting the nighttime view of the Capitol Building in the distance, the Washington Monument, and a full moon
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
The Capitol Building. Did not have the time to go inside, nor did I arrange for a visitors pass
The Capitol Building. Did not have the time to go inside, nor did I arrange for a visitors pass
The incredible dome of the Capitol Building
The incredible dome of the Capitol Building
I'm pretty sure, no matter what your job, working in a building like that would make you feel spiffy
I'm pretty sure, no matter what your job, working in a building like that would make you feel spiffy
The rear of the Capitol Building. The two centre flags by the dome fly all the time. The two on the far ends fly only when the chamber is in session
The rear of the Capitol Building. The two centre flags by the dome fly all the time. The two on the far ends fly only when the chamber is in session
Rear shot of the immense dome of the Capitol Building. Wikipedia says it weighs 9 million lbs and is 287ft tall
Rear shot of the immense dome of the Capitol Building. Wikipedia says it weighs 9 million lbs and is 287ft tall
Incredible Fall sunset over the National Mall
Incredible Fall sunset over the National Mall
The Capitol Building
The Capitol Building
Sunset at the National Mall from the pool beside the Capitol Building. Thought it looked nifty in b&w
Sunset at the National Mall from the pool beside the Capitol Building. Thought it looked nifty in b&w
Back on the ground, the sun sets behind the Washington Monument
Back on the ground, the sun sets behind the Washington Monument
The South Lawn of the White House
The South Lawn of the White House
Slightly different exposure - silhouette of the Washington Monument with the flags lit up by sunlight
Slightly different exposure - silhouette of the Washington Monument with the flags lit up by sunlight
Looking across the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial
Looking across the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial
A final shot of Washington, D.C. before heading back after a whirlwind conference and tourist expedition
A final shot of Washington, D.C. before heading back after a whirlwind conference and tourist expedition
The structure of the Lincoln Memorial by day
The structure of the Lincoln Memorial by day
Though the design was quite controversial to many, it's a pretty moving memorial. 58,159 names are displayed on the granite walls
Though the design was quite controversial to many, it's a pretty moving memorial. 58,159 names are displayed on the granite walls
At Toronto's Union Station, ran into these "H1N1-infected zombies"
At Toronto's Union Station, ran into these "H1N1-infected zombies"
Devil's Night Knights Game with TechAlliance: I'm pimpin' it up and Jodi's keeping it angelic
Devil's Night Knights Game with TechAlliance: I'm pimpin' it up and Jodi's keeping it angelic
Pimpin' it up for the Devil's Night TechAlliance Knights Game
Pimpin' it up for the Devil's Night TechAlliance Knights Game
Devil's Night at the Museum took halloween to another level for me. Look at the robot costume!
Devil's Night at the Museum took halloween to another level for me. Look at the robot costume!
The November sun sets at my aunt & uncle's Georgian Bay cottage
The November sun sets at my aunt & uncle's Georgian Bay cottage
We watched $10,000 worth of fireworks go off in 6 minutes. Yeah, that's money!
We watched $10,000 worth of fireworks go off in 6 minutes. Yeah, that's money!
This photo turned out pretty neat. Fireworks at the Guy Fawkes party
This photo turned out pretty neat. Fireworks at the Guy Fawkes party
Jodi and I eagerly awaiting Matt Good at Centenial Hall
Jodi and I eagerly awaiting Matt Good at Centenial Hall
Matt takes one to the face. I think that means that Matt Good needs to start!
Matt takes one to the face. I think that means that Matt Good needs to start!
Matt Good concert at Centenial Hall, London Ontario
Matt Good concert at Centenial Hall, London Ontario
We had pretty awesome seats to see Matt Good at Centenial Hall
We had pretty awesome seats to see Matt Good at Centenial Hall
Through and through the Matt Good concert was Matt Great
Through and through the Matt Good concert was Matt Great
Spent a festive pre-Christmas weekend of urban exploration in Toronto. The incredible gingerbread hotel at the Fairmont Royal York.
Spent a festive pre-Christmas weekend of urban exploration in Toronto. The incredible gingerbread hotel at the Fairmont Royal York.
Snow in the woods is really Christmasy, but so are the incredible decorations in an urban setting. Lights at Brookfield Place
Snow in the woods is really Christmasy, but so are the incredible decorations in an urban setting. Lights at Brookfield Place
Award for most magical use of icicle lights: Christmas lights at Brookfield Place, Toronto
Award for most magical use of icicle lights: Christmas lights at Brookfield Place, Toronto
Spent the weekend with my great friend Kelly, visiting from Calgary
Spent the weekend with my great friend Kelly, visiting from Calgary
When the Bay Queen Street does Christmas, even the mice have a cozy holiday. Except that their beds are highly flammable!
When the Bay Queen Street does Christmas, even the mice have a cozy holiday. Except that their beds are highly flammable!
The rink at Nathan Phillips Square gets refinished by the zamboni
The rink at Nathan Phillips Square gets refinished by the zamboni
Toronto City Hall
Toronto City Hall
Kelly and I get along well, I think
Kelly and I get along well, I think
Matt's neighbourhood: the annex. It doesn't get dark at night by Honest Ed's
Matt's neighbourhood: the annex. It doesn't get dark at night by Honest Ed's
Kelly and I went to see Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square. Skating rink all lit up at night
Kelly and I went to see Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square. Skating rink all lit up at night
Fireworks at Toronto City Hall
Fireworks at Toronto City Hall
After we froze watching the fireworks, Kelly and I got some street meat. I don't think she could look more excited
After we froze watching the fireworks, Kelly and I got some street meat. I don't think she could look more excited
Walking to the AGO, the awesome OCAD building up on stilts with the CN tower behind
Walking to the AGO, the awesome OCAD building up on stilts with the CN tower behind
Excited to see the new architecture of Frank Gehry's AGO transformation
Excited to see the new architecture of Frank Gehry's AGO transformation
Kelly and I went to see the King Tut exhibit at the AGO and were not impressed at all with it
Kelly and I went to see the King Tut exhibit at the AGO and were not impressed at all with it
The dramatic new gallery space at the front of the AGO with lots and lots of wood
The dramatic new gallery space at the front of the AGO with lots and lots of wood
Kelly was beyond happy to rest for a bit on the benches
Kelly was beyond happy to rest for a bit on the benches
A crazy-artistic shot to start off the photoset of the craziest New Year's adventure I've had: trip with my friend Tate to Paris, France!
A crazy-artistic shot to start off the photoset of the craziest New Year's adventure I've had: trip with my friend Tate to Paris, France!
where is Andrew now? part 2: the adventures continue. This express walkway really booted it!
where is Andrew now? part 2: the adventures continue. This express walkway really booted it!
Waiting for our flight to Paris, the scenery at Pearson helped me warm up my photo skills again
Waiting for our flight to Paris, the scenery at Pearson helped me warm up my photo skills again
I totally dig the architecture and art at Toronto Pearson
I totally dig the architecture and art at Toronto Pearson
Architecture at Toronto Pearson
Architecture at Toronto Pearson
Leaving Charles de Gaulle airport, one of the amazing retired concorde is on display
Leaving Charles de Gaulle airport, one of the amazing retired concorde is on display
My great friends and the best hosts in the world: Nathalie, JB, Karolina and Marta
My great friends and the best hosts in the world: Nathalie, JB, Karolina and Marta
After a great night's sleep, I excitedly ventured from Marta's house in the nearby village of Conflans-Ste-Honourine into downtown Paris
After a great night's sleep, I excitedly ventured from Marta's house in the nearby village of Conflans-Ste-Honourine into downtown Paris
But we failed to meet successfully. I did, however, meet the two girls joining us from Holland: Mara and Tamara.
But we failed to meet successfully. I did, however, meet the two girls joining us from Holland: Mara and Tamara.
I love these VERY Parisian metro signs. I was planning to meet Matt and his brother's sister-in-law Bella...
I love these VERY Parisian metro signs. I was planning to meet Matt and his brother's sister-in-law Bella...
Now, Space Mountain was definitely exciting
Now, Space Mountain was definitely exciting
More Disneyland scenery
More Disneyland scenery
Still more Disneyland scenery
Still more Disneyland scenery
I'm sounding critical in my captions I realize. It was actually pretty neat. Looking down Main Street towards the Castle
I'm sounding critical in my captions I realize. It was actually pretty neat. Looking down Main Street towards the Castle
Returning from Disneyland; I needed to see some REAL European scenery again. First stop: the beautiful Palais Garnier, Paris' opera
Returning from Disneyland; I needed to see some REAL European scenery again. First stop: the beautiful Palais Garnier, Paris' opera
The big difference of this trip versus visiting Paris in spring 2008 is the sun sets early in winter! So I got to see the City of Lights shining more!
The big difference of this trip versus visiting Paris in spring 2008 is the sun sets early in winter! So I got to see the City of Lights shining more!
Visiting over the holidays I also got to see holiday lights; like the amazing lights of the Galeries Lafayette; Paris' most famous department store
Visiting over the holidays I also got to see holiday lights; like the amazing lights of the Galeries Lafayette; Paris' most famous department store
Second morning in Paris: hoping for a successful rendez-vous with Matt, at the Christmas tree in front of Notre Dame
Second morning in Paris: hoping for a successful rendez-vous with Matt, at the Christmas tree in front of Notre Dame
One of Paris' most famous sites: Notre Dame; as beautiful as on my last visit
One of Paris' most famous sites: Notre Dame; as beautiful as on my last visit
The iconic bell towers of Notre Dame
The iconic bell towers of Notre Dame
Detail of the statues and masonry of Notre Dame
Detail of the statues and masonry of Notre Dame
It was neat comparing Paris in Winter to Paris in spring from my last visit. Gloomy weather; but more Christmas decorations
It was neat comparing Paris in Winter to Paris in spring from my last visit. Gloomy weather; but more Christmas decorations
Shortly after meeting Matt, the Mara and Tamara joined and we were off for a Parisian day
Shortly after meeting Matt, the Mara and Tamara joined and we were off for a Parisian day
Side view of Notre Dame, showing one of the famous rose windows and flying buttresses
Side view of Notre Dame, showing one of the famous rose windows and flying buttresses
Picturesque cafes dotted every picturesque street corner. You had to investigate the prices though; they gouge tourists
Picturesque cafes dotted every picturesque street corner. You had to investigate the prices though; they gouge tourists
Our traditional French breakfast arrived
Our traditional French breakfast arrived
Matt and I inadvertently dressed the same. Oops!
Matt and I inadvertently dressed the same. Oops!
Sacre Coeur benefits from a perch at one of the highest points above Paris. Makes it look more impressive
Sacre Coeur benefits from a perch at one of the highest points above Paris. Makes it look more impressive
Looking up at the famous domes of Sacre Coeur
Looking up at the famous domes of Sacre Coeur
Looking out at the Parisian cityscape. The colourful factory-like building dead center is Centre Pompidou modern art museum
Looking out at the Parisian cityscape. The colourful factory-like building dead center is Centre Pompidou modern art museum
Walking up the steps to Sacre Coeur
Walking up the steps to Sacre Coeur
The Parisian cityscape from Sacre Coeur
The Parisian cityscape from Sacre Coeur
Silence all around as Bella, Mara, Matt and Tamara sink into their fallafels from the Jewish Quarter
Silence all around as Bella, Mara, Matt and Tamara sink into their fallafels from the Jewish Quarter
One of the many Ponts along the Seine
One of the many Ponts along the Seine
La Seine
La Seine
Hotel De Ville (Paris City Hall)
Hotel De Ville (Paris City Hall)
The Obelisk of Luxor stands in the center of Place de la Concorde. Egypt has been asking France to give the Obelisk back.
The Obelisk of Luxor stands in the center of Place de la Concorde. Egypt has been asking France to give the Obelisk back.
Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs Elysees. They set up a giant ferris wheel for the holidays in the middle of the traffic circle
Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs Elysees. They set up a giant ferris wheel for the holidays in the middle of the traffic circle
Walking down the Champs Elysees. Yes we walked on the sidewalk; the traffic islands help with these dangerous-looking photos
Walking down the Champs Elysees. Yes we walked on the sidewalk; the traffic islands help with these dangerous-looking photos
Champs Elysees looking back toward the Arc de Triomphe
Champs Elysees looking back toward the Arc de Triomphe
This bar was quite literal in advertising a good time
This bar was quite literal in advertising a good time
Mara and I couldn't believe that three bottles of coke could possibly cost 24 euro!
Mara and I couldn't believe that three bottles of coke could possibly cost 24 euro!
I'm not sure drinking in public is legal in Paris, but everyone was doing it. Quality boxed wine!
I'm not sure drinking in public is legal in Paris, but everyone was doing it. Quality boxed wine!
Unfortunately, they didn't have fireworks this New Year's at the Eiffel Tower.
Unfortunately, they didn't have fireworks this New Year's at the Eiffel Tower.
Ringing in 2010 at the Eiffel Tower
Ringing in 2010 at the Eiffel Tower
Ringing in 2010 at the Eiffel Tower with amazing light effects but no fireworks
Ringing in 2010 at the Eiffel Tower with amazing light effects but no fireworks
Gotta say, flying to Paris for the trip with Matt was a pretty exciting way to spend New Years
Gotta say, flying to Paris for the trip with Matt was a pretty exciting way to spend New Years
Thanks Mara, that's the best endorsement of my kissing skills I've ever had!
Thanks Mara, that's the best endorsement of my kissing skills I've ever had!
Ringing in 2010 at the Eiffel Tower
Ringing in 2010 at the Eiffel Tower
Police in heavy armour by the Eiffel Tower
Police in heavy armour by the Eiffel Tower
Matt and I took a stop to see the Louvre at night... hardly anyone around in the middle of the night
Matt and I took a stop to see the Louvre at night... hardly anyone around in the middle of the night
The Louvre is beautiful lit up at night
The Louvre is beautiful lit up at night
Looking at the Louvre at night
Looking at the Louvre at night
In sum, it was a really interesting and very calm place to visit among the bustle of Paris
In sum, it was a really interesting and very calm place to visit among the bustle of Paris
Didn't end up meeting with the others; so had a relaxing time exploring the cemetery.
Didn't end up meeting with the others; so had a relaxing time exploring the cemetery.
The sun sets early in the winter in France. You can see the Eiffel Tower from Pere Lachaise cemetery
The sun sets early in the winter in France. You can see the Eiffel Tower from Pere Lachaise cemetery
The quiet paths, trees and towering monuments at Pere Lachaise cemetery
The quiet paths, trees and towering monuments at Pere Lachaise cemetery
A band playing traditional french music in the metro station
A band playing traditional french music in the metro station
Notre Dame and the Christmas tree lit up at night
Notre Dame and the Christmas tree lit up at night
Detail of Notre Dame at night
Detail of Notre Dame at night
Arrived in Brussels at about 5pm; already night! The train station wasn't located in a very touristy area; so I wandered around looking for sights
Arrived in Brussels at about 5pm; already night! The train station wasn't located in a very touristy area; so I wandered around looking for sights
Team Rowers Pull Harder - my rowing teammate Vida and I - head downtown to join the Great Urban Race
Team Rowers Pull Harder - my rowing teammate Vida and I - head downtown to join the Great Urban Race
Vida and I - Team Rowers Pull Harder - at the starting line for the Great Urban Race
Vida and I - Team Rowers Pull Harder - at the starting line for the Great Urban Race
Another challenge: get a handshake from a random dog. For a friendly guy like me, not a challenge at all!
Another challenge: get a handshake from a random dog. For a friendly guy like me, not a challenge at all!
In the Distillery District, making friends with a snake
In the Distillery District, making friends with a snake
Finally, my random wandering compass led me to the main tourist site - the amazingly beautiful Grand Place. The main city square
Finally, my random wandering compass led me to the main tourist site - the amazingly beautiful Grand Place. The main city square
Partway through the race, Vida injured herself quite badly. Her fierce determination allowed us to finish - and she's still smiling! What an adventure
Partway through the race, Vida injured herself quite badly. Her fierce determination allowed us to finish - and she's still smiling! What an adventure
When I finished my pint, it had started snowing in Brussels; making Grand Place look truly magical
When I finished my pint, it had started snowing in Brussels; making Grand Place look truly magical
A quick look at Flanders, Belgium. Would have been something to see the war cemeteries
A quick look at Flanders, Belgium. Would have been something to see the war cemeteries
Caught at a Toronto contruction site
Caught at a Toronto contruction site
Gladstone is located in a very art-culture-urban end of downtown Toronto. I watched the restoration over the years
Gladstone is located in a very art-culture-urban end of downtown Toronto. I watched the restoration over the years
Part of my urban exploring weekend was visiting Toronto's restored Gladstone Hotel, a hub of West Queen West
Part of my urban exploring weekend was visiting Toronto's restored Gladstone Hotel, a hub of West Queen West
The CTV/MuchMusic/CP24 building with the CN Tower behind. Love the news truck
The CTV/MuchMusic/CP24 building with the CN Tower behind. Love the news truck
Lots of skaters at Nathan Phillips Square
Lots of skaters at Nathan Phillips Square
The staircase wraps around the elevator
The staircase wraps around the elevator
Impressed how Christina's vision is that it's not just a hotel/restaurant: it's a business but a cultural hub
Impressed how Christina's vision is that it's not just a hotel/restaurant: it's a business but a cultural hub
I learned about her family's restoration of this awesome building; and how she positions the hotel as a social incubater for the arts/culture scene
I learned about her family's restoration of this awesome building; and how she positions the hotel as a social incubater for the arts/culture scene
Through my friend Johnny, I connected with the Gladstone's owner Christina Zeidler to chat with her over lunch
Through my friend Johnny, I connected with the Gladstone's owner Christina Zeidler to chat with her over lunch
Next visit to Toronto I'll have to explore the ROM's new Bat Cave. Cool!
Next visit to Toronto I'll have to explore the ROM's new Bat Cave. Cool!
Barely survived... pooped after competing in the Ontario Indoor Rowing Championships
Barely survived... pooped after competing in the Ontario Indoor Rowing Championships
Amazing mosaic wall in one of the science buildings at University of Toronto
Amazing mosaic wall in one of the science buildings at University of Toronto
One of the gems of Old East - the architecturally and culturally beautiful Aeolian Hall Performing Arts Centre
One of the gems of Old East - the architecturally and culturally beautiful Aeolian Hall Performing Arts Centre
This photo shows the amazing contrast between bright colour and desolation in Old East London
This photo shows the amazing contrast between bright colour and desolation in Old East London
A famous landmark at the Western Fairgrounds - the old steam engine 86
A famous landmark at the Western Fairgrounds - the old steam engine 86
The restored steam engine 86 in Old East London
The restored steam engine 86 in Old East London
Vines growing against the beautiful windows of the Western Fair's Confederation Building
Vines growing against the beautiful windows of the Western Fair's Confederation Building
More bright colours popping out throughout the photo walk. Western Fair had the brightest yellow paint
More bright colours popping out throughout the photo walk. Western Fair had the brightest yellow paint
London's famous tree stump artist did a beautiful sculpture at the Western Fairgrounds
London's famous tree stump artist did a beautiful sculpture at the Western Fairgrounds
The Western Fair has one of the grooviest signs around
The Western Fair has one of the grooviest signs around
Against a cloudy sky, the two trees in the Western Fair parking lot contribute to the desolate mood of parts of Old East
Against a cloudy sky, the two trees in the Western Fair parking lot contribute to the desolate mood of parts of Old East
Among parts that look desolate, more colour pops in Old East. Maybe the colour pops even more?
Among parts that look desolate, more colour pops in Old East. Maybe the colour pops even more?
More bright red - a sprinkler connection on an Old East building
More bright red - a sprinkler connection on an Old East building
A very cool find... an old, unused forklift beside a building in Old East
A very cool find... an old, unused forklift beside a building in Old East
Clouds reflect in the Aeolian Hall's windows
Clouds reflect in the Aeolian Hall's windows
Old and new - the modern street sign with the old Rectory Street marker in the wall of Aeolian Hall
Old and new - the modern street sign with the old Rectory Street marker in the wall of Aeolian Hall
Beauty was found inside the back alley too, though. Like this rotting Chevy.
Beauty was found inside the back alley too, though. Like this rotting Chevy.
Detail of an apartment in the back alley. Amazing windows and brickwork
Detail of an apartment in the back alley. Amazing windows and brickwork
Looking east down Dundas Street through Old East London
Looking east down Dundas Street through Old East London
Playing with a mural at the end of our photo walk
Playing with a mural at the end of our photo walk
My Spring Sprint team and I at the finish line after our 5km run. We raised $1135!
My Spring Sprint team and I at the finish line after our 5km run. We raised $1135!
My first row on the water for 2010. Pure bliss
My first row on the water for 2010. Pure bliss
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Early summer - perfect weather to visit Montreal
Early summer - perfect weather to visit Montreal
Montreal's main shopping street: Rue Ste-Catherine
Montreal's main shopping street: Rue Ste-Catherine
Montreal's metro glides along on tires instead of rails
Montreal's metro glides along on tires instead of rails
Ile Sainte Helene was the site of Expo 67, one of Montreal's most famous events
Ile Sainte Helene was the site of Expo 67, one of Montreal's most famous events
Park Jean Drapeau on Ile Sainte Helene offers a stunning view of the Montreal skyline
Park Jean Drapeau on Ile Sainte Helene offers a stunning view of the Montreal skyline
Park Jean Drapeau on Ile Sainte Helene offers a stunning view of the Montreal skyline
Park Jean Drapeau on Ile Sainte Helene offers a stunning view of the Montreal skyline
The Montreal skyline across the Saint Lawrence from Ile Sainte Helene
The Montreal skyline across the Saint Lawrence from Ile Sainte Helene
At Park Jean Drapeau on Ile Sainte Helene in the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal
At Park Jean Drapeau on Ile Sainte Helene in the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal
The Montreal skyline across the Saint Lawrence from Ile Sainte Helene
The Montreal skyline across the Saint Lawrence from Ile Sainte Helene
From Ile Sainte Helene, looking at Jacques Cartier Bridge
From Ile Sainte Helene, looking at Jacques Cartier Bridge
Jacques Cartier Bridge
Jacques Cartier Bridge
The Montreal Biosphere
The Montreal Biosphere
Detail of the geodesic dome structure of the Montreal Biosphere
Detail of the geodesic dome structure of the Montreal Biosphere
Detail of the geodesic dome structure of the Montreal Biosphere
Detail of the geodesic dome structure of the Montreal Biosphere
Summer in the city: Boulevard Saint Laurent (Montreal's "main street") closed for a summer festival
Summer in the city: Boulevard Saint Laurent (Montreal's "main street") closed for a summer festival
Really cool public art "bubbling" above Rue Sainte-Catherine in Montreal's Gay Village
Really cool public art "bubbling" above Rue Sainte-Catherine in Montreal's Gay Village
Can't believe how huge Osheaga is. How awesome to spend a hot summer day at a music fest
Can't believe how huge Osheaga is. How awesome to spend a hot summer day at a music fest
I can verify, the Montreal smoked meat sandwiches from Schwartz's are awesome
I can verify, the Montreal smoked meat sandwiches from Schwartz's are awesome
Montreal's trendy Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood
Montreal's trendy Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood
Famous montreal bagals at St. Viateur: boiled so they're soft on the inside, wood-fire toasted so they're crispy outside
Famous montreal bagals at St. Viateur: boiled so they're soft on the inside, wood-fire toasted so they're crispy outside
Downtown Montreal from Mount Royal
Downtown Montreal from Mount Royal
Very fit people enjoying the view from Mount Royal
Very fit people enjoying the view from Mount Royal
The view of Montreal from the Mount Royal belevedere takes your breath away
The view of Montreal from the Mount Royal belevedere takes your breath away
From Mount Royal looking out towards Olympic Stadium
From Mount Royal looking out towards Olympic Stadium
Hey it's me!
Hey it's me!
The twin spires of Notre-Dame Basilica
The twin spires of Notre-Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame Basilica
A clock tower on a building facing Place d'Armes
A clock tower on a building facing Place d'Armes
Intriciate window of Notre-Dame Basilica
Intriciate window of Notre-Dame Basilica
Beautiful historic buildings in Old Montreal
Beautiful historic buildings in Old Montreal
Arched widows in Old Montreal
Arched widows in Old Montreal
Old Montreal
Old Montreal
Row upon row of arched windows in Old Montreal
Row upon row of arched windows in Old Montreal
Window boxes in Old Montreal
Window boxes in Old Montreal
An old fire escape in Old Montreal
An old fire escape in Old Montreal
Around the Old Port of Montreal
Around the Old Port of Montreal
Around the Old Port of Montreal
Around the Old Port of Montreal
Habitat 67, residences built for Expo 67
Habitat 67, residences built for Expo 67
La Ronde amusement park on the right under Jacques Cartier Bridge. neat tower on the left
La Ronde amusement park on the right under Jacques Cartier Bridge. neat tower on the left
At the Old Port, the beautiul building of the Bonsecours Market
At the Old Port, the beautiul building of the Bonsecours Market
A really neat old warehouse in the Old Port of Montreal
A really neat old warehouse in the Old Port of Montreal
Dramatic shift from old to new: the symbol of Montreal's 1970s ambition gone haywire: the Olympic Stadium
Dramatic shift from old to new: the symbol of Montreal's 1970s ambition gone haywire: the Olympic Stadium
Though it's in kind of rough shape today and has had many structural problems - the sense of futuristic ambition of the design is still there
Though it's in kind of rough shape today and has had many structural problems - the sense of futuristic ambition of the design is still there
As soon as you see the Olympic Statdium, you can't help but feel a sense of awe. It's out of this world - but totally insane too
As soon as you see the Olympic Statdium, you can't help but feel a sense of awe. It's out of this world - but totally insane too
The tower and Olympic Stadium
The tower and Olympic Stadium
An overview from the tower of the Olympic Park grounds
An overview from the tower of the Olympic Park grounds
Looking down at the Montreal Biodome - neat building for sure
Looking down at the Montreal Biodome - neat building for sure
Part of the Olympic Stadium complex, a very nice aquatic centre
Part of the Olympic Stadium complex, a very nice aquatic centre
Competing in the men's single event at the Henley Regatta
Competing in the men's single event at the Henley Regatta
We partnered up with my good friend Dan Clarke (beside me) and his teammate Greg to solve the challenge clues quickly
We partnered up with my good friend Dan Clarke (beside me) and his teammate Greg to solve the challenge clues quickly
Spiffy art installation in the Westin lobby
Spiffy art installation in the Westin lobby
Just a normal day at work... And I now have hard hat hair the rest of the day
Just a normal day at work... And I now have hard hat hair the rest of the day
Flight Suit Up! Maverick from Top Gun in the style of Barney from How I Met Your Mother
Flight Suit Up! Maverick from Top Gun in the style of Barney from How I Met Your Mother
After a long day at work, about to leave the bustle for the serenity on The Canadian enroute to Vancouver
After a long day at work, about to leave the bustle for the serenity on The Canadian enroute to Vancouver
Entrance to trains: leaving from beautiful Toronto Union Station on The Canadian across Canada
Entrance to trains: leaving from beautiful Toronto Union Station on The Canadian across Canada
The Canadian kicks up lots of snow as it flies through the Northern Ontario forests
The Canadian kicks up lots of snow as it flies through the Northern Ontario forests
Winter in Northern Ontario
Winter in Northern Ontario
Pausing on one of the switches to let a CN freight train go by.
Pausing on one of the switches to let a CN freight train go by.
It's cold in Northern Ontario! Ice crystals form around the windows of the Dome Car
It's cold in Northern Ontario! Ice crystals form around the windows of the Dome Car
All aboard the great Canadian Journey
All aboard the great Canadian Journey
The Park Car at the back of the train
The Park Car at the back of the train
The famous bullet-shaped Park Car at the back of The Canadian
The famous bullet-shaped Park Car at the back of The Canadian
The small town of Hornepayne in Northern Ontario. Burrr
The small town of Hornepayne in Northern Ontario. Burrr
The Canadian stopped in Hornepayne, Ontario - with an abandoned railway building beside
The Canadian stopped in Hornepayne, Ontario - with an abandoned railway building beside
The majestic Canadian
The majestic Canadian
Brian, one of the service attendants, keeps us on time during our stop in Hornepayne
Brian, one of the service attendants, keeps us on time during our stop in Hornepayne
Listening to music and reading in the dome car
Listening to music and reading in the dome car
A special moment on the transcontinental journey: the Westbound and Eastbound Canadians meet. Hello!
A special moment on the transcontinental journey: the Westbound and Eastbound Canadians meet. Hello!
The Canadian passes The Canadian
The Canadian passes The Canadian
The sun sets in Northern Ontario
The sun sets in Northern Ontario
And watch the sun rise over the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers
And watch the sun rise over the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers
The sun rises over the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in Winnipeg
The sun rises over the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in Winnipeg
When the train arrives in the early morning, rush right away to the River Forks Tower...!
When the train arrives in the early morning, rush right away to the River Forks Tower...!
Hockey players on the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg
Hockey players on the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg
The Exhange District today is home to art, restaurants, boutiques and neat murals like this one
The Exhange District today is home to art, restaurants, boutiques and neat murals like this one
The Millennium Centre is not from the year 2000
The Millennium Centre is not from the year 2000
The Manitoba Legislature
The Manitoba Legislature
A statue to Louis Riel stands in front of the legislature. He was a founder of Manitoba and fought for Metis and Francophone rights. He was hanged for his rebellion; but has become a folk hero
A statue to Louis Riel stands in front of the legislature. He was a founder of Manitoba and fought for Metis and Francophone rights. He was hanged for his rebellion; but has become a folk hero
A market vendor sets up for the day
A market vendor sets up for the day
During my visit, Winnipeg was setting up for the Voyageur festival: promoting Francophone and Manitoban culture and history
During my visit, Winnipeg was setting up for the Voyageur festival: promoting Francophone and Manitoban culture and history
Erin's favorite Winnipeg bookstore and cafe: Mondragon. Also serves green eggs and ham (look at the graffiti art)
Erin's favorite Winnipeg bookstore and cafe: Mondragon. Also serves green eggs and ham (look at the graffiti art)
Towering skyscrapers and beautiful historic buildings at Portage and Main
Towering skyscrapers and beautiful historic buildings at Portage and Main
The impressive entrance of the Manitoba Legislature
The impressive entrance of the Manitoba Legislature
Cars parked at the Manitoba Legislature... Almost all parking lots have plugs for block heaters
Cars parked at the Manitoba Legislature... Almost all parking lots have plugs for block heaters
Cliche as it may look: this was a typical sight around the Forks in Winnipeg: hockey players heading to the river to play
Cliche as it may look: this was a typical sight around the Forks in Winnipeg: hockey players heading to the river to play
Also from the Forks tower we saw a zamboni heading down to the river to clear the hockey rink
Also from the Forks tower we saw a zamboni heading down to the river to clear the hockey rink
The sun rises over the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. You can see hockey rinks groomed on the river!
The sun rises over the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. You can see hockey rinks groomed on the river!
The Canadian stops at the beautiful Union Station in Winnipeg: designed by  Warren and Wetmore from New York who built Grand Central Terminal
The Canadian stops at the beautiful Union Station in Winnipeg: designed by Warren and Wetmore from New York who built Grand Central Terminal
Parting ways with my lovely Winnipeg tour guide Erin. One joy of a cross-country journey is that it connects friends
Parting ways with my lovely Winnipeg tour guide Erin. One joy of a cross-country journey is that it connects friends
Everyone sits together and gets to know each other over the spectacular meals on The Canadian
Everyone sits together and gets to know each other over the spectacular meals on The Canadian
Fabien, a crew member on The Canadian, plays for us during dessert
Fabien, a crew member on The Canadian, plays for us during dessert
New friendships form easily on The Canadian: socializing in the Bullet Lounge
New friendships form easily on The Canadian: socializing in the Bullet Lounge
Good morning! One of the most peaceful and relaxing days on The Canadian is passing through the Saskatchewan prairies
Good morning! One of the most peaceful and relaxing days on The Canadian is passing through the Saskatchewan prairies
The flat, empty prairie landscape in the winter is hyptnotizing
The flat, empty prairie landscape in the winter is hyptnotizing
Endless fields of snow and blue sky in the prairies
Endless fields of snow and blue sky in the prairies
Stainless steel train, blue sky, white snow. The rail signal lines aren't used anymore, but it's cheaper to just leave them in place
Stainless steel train, blue sky, white snow. The rail signal lines aren't used anymore, but it's cheaper to just leave them in place
The sun starts to set in the Saskatchewan prairies
The sun starts to set in the Saskatchewan prairies
Winter scene in the prairies. That vehicle isn't going anywhere fast
Winter scene in the prairies. That vehicle isn't going anywhere fast
The Canadian passes under a bridge
The Canadian passes under a bridge
Crossing a prairie river
Crossing a prairie river
The sun starts to set in the Saskatchewan prairies
The sun starts to set in the Saskatchewan prairies
Arriving at Saskatoon station for a late-night, 20min stop
Arriving at Saskatoon station for a late-night, 20min stop
The key lesson from Anna's Saskatoon trivia game: it's easy to draw Saskatchewan
The key lesson from Anna's Saskatoon trivia game: it's easy to draw Saskatchewan
Arriving in the very early morning to Edmonton
Arriving in the very early morning to Edmonton
In the distance, downtown Edmonton looks very cold!
In the distance, downtown Edmonton looks very cold!
Pierre, a VIA crew member, clears the snow that has piled up in the doorway
Pierre, a VIA crew member, clears the snow that has piled up in the doorway
The prairies continue in Alberta
The prairies continue in Alberta
An amazing and rare sight: a sundog! The rainbow to the right of the sun is caused by light reflecting through ice crystals in the atmosphere. That's how cold it is!
An amazing and rare sight: a sundog! The rainbow to the right of the sun is caused by light reflecting through ice crystals in the atmosphere. That's how cold it is!
A really interesting photo: the stark winter makes Alberta's largest coal mine and power plant look very dramatic
A really interesting photo: the stark winter makes Alberta's largest coal mine and power plant look very dramatic
An Alberta ranch. The prairies are starting to give way to more hilly terrain
An Alberta ranch. The prairies are starting to give way to more hilly terrain
Oil wells dot the Alberta landscape
Oil wells dot the Alberta landscape
Nearing the Alberta Rockies, the prairies start giving way to tall forests
Nearing the Alberta Rockies, the prairies start giving way to tall forests
The Canadian plunges deep into the Alberta forests
The Canadian plunges deep into the Alberta forests
And how's this for a photo to whet your appetite for the sights to come: here come the Rockies!
And how's this for a photo to whet your appetite for the sights to come: here come the Rockies!
The journey on The Canadian continues: excitement builds as we enter the Rockies in Alberta
The journey on The Canadian continues: excitement builds as we enter the Rockies in Alberta
The Canadian soars through the valleys, trees and peaks of the Rocky Mountains
The Canadian soars through the valleys, trees and peaks of the Rocky Mountains
The Canadian carves a narrow path through the Rockies
The Canadian carves a narrow path through the Rockies
Jagged peaks - the completely impressive Rockies
Jagged peaks - the completely impressive Rockies
Literally passing through the Rockies - The Canadian goes though a mountain tunnel
Literally passing through the Rockies - The Canadian goes though a mountain tunnel
It's quite dramatic to watch as the train glides along very narrow passages through the mountains
It's quite dramatic to watch as the train glides along very narrow passages through the mountains
The Canadian passing by a mountain river near Jasper
The Canadian passing by a mountain river near Jasper
Entering Jasper National Park, long-horned mountain sheep beside the train
Entering Jasper National Park, long-horned mountain sheep beside the train
The afternoon sun lights up the Rocky Mountains
The afternoon sun lights up the Rocky Mountains
It is ultimate winter relaxation to cozy up with a book by the roaring fire at Jasper Park Lodge
It is ultimate winter relaxation to cozy up with a book by the roaring fire at Jasper Park Lodge
The winter scene from Jasper Park Lodge: skaters on Lac Beauvert with the mountains in the distance
The winter scene from Jasper Park Lodge: skaters on Lac Beauvert with the mountains in the distance
I got up after a terrific sleep at the Jasper Park Lodge to watch the sun rise over the mountains
I got up after a terrific sleep at the Jasper Park Lodge to watch the sun rise over the mountains
Spent my second day in Jasper on a very unique tour: the Maligne Canyon ice walk - looking here from Maligne River towards the mountains of Jasper
Spent my second day in Jasper on a very unique tour: the Maligne Canyon ice walk - looking here from Maligne River towards the mountains of Jasper
The Maligne Canyon ice walk
The Maligne Canyon ice walk
The towering ice walls along Maligne Canyon
The towering ice walls along Maligne Canyon
Ice towers overhead in Maligne Canyon
Ice towers overhead in Maligne Canyon
Walking back out of the Maligne Canyon along the frozen river with the towering walls of ice
Walking back out of the Maligne Canyon along the frozen river with the towering walls of ice
The beautiful Jasper Firehall with the mountains behind
The beautiful Jasper Firehall with the mountains behind
After a perfect winter retreat in Jasper - the excitement builds as The Canadian plunges into the depths of the Rockies towards B.C.
After a perfect winter retreat in Jasper - the excitement builds as The Canadian plunges into the depths of the Rockies towards B.C.
Perfect skies and clouds as we pass through The Rockies
Perfect skies and clouds as we pass through The Rockies
It was exhilerating as The Canadian clipped along through the trees and mountains
It was exhilerating as The Canadian clipped along through the trees and mountains
Towering pines dwarf The Canadian as we cut a narrow pass through the Rocky Mountains
Towering pines dwarf The Canadian as we cut a narrow pass through the Rocky Mountains
Incredibly steep and jagged faces of the Rocky Mountains
Incredibly steep and jagged faces of the Rocky Mountains
One of the most exciting parts of the journey on The Canadian - passing by Mount Robson. Covered by clouds but still amazing
One of the most exciting parts of the journey on The Canadian - passing by Mount Robson. Covered by clouds but still amazing
Mount Robson is the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains and the most "prominent" - greatest top to bottom distance
Mount Robson is the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains and the most "prominent" - greatest top to bottom distance
The sun and clouds against Mount Robson create a very dramatic view
The sun and clouds against Mount Robson create a very dramatic view
The valley below Mount Robson
The valley below Mount Robson
Just before Mount Robson passes beyond our view, the peak barely escapes cloud cover
Just before Mount Robson passes beyond our view, the peak barely escapes cloud cover
Absolutely breathtaking to watch The Canadian glide along through the forests and mountains as the sun starts to set
Absolutely breathtaking to watch The Canadian glide along through the forests and mountains as the sun starts to set
The sun sets beyond the Rocky Mountains
The sun sets beyond the Rocky Mountains
As night falls, The Canadian continues onward totward Vancouver
As night falls, The Canadian continues onward totward Vancouver
Final morning on The Canadian - the sun rises over the Fraser River in British Columbia enroute to Vancouver
Final morning on The Canadian - the sun rises over the Fraser River in British Columbia enroute to Vancouver
The Canadian approaches Vancouver: passing under the Port Mann Bridge that connects Coquitlam to Surrey across the Fraser River. A replacement bridge is being built
The Canadian approaches Vancouver: passing under the Port Mann Bridge that connects Coquitlam to Surrey across the Fraser River. A replacement bridge is being built
The Canadian crosses the Fraser River
The Canadian crosses the Fraser River
The Skybridge carries the Vancouver SkyTrain across the Fraser River
The Skybridge carries the Vancouver SkyTrain across the Fraser River
The Canadian approaches Vancouver - 5 days of urban exploration about to begin
The Canadian approaches Vancouver - 5 days of urban exploration about to begin
Parting shots of VIA Rail's The Canadian - my home for the last week as I connected more closely with Canada
Parting shots of VIA Rail's The Canadian - my home for the last week as I connected more closely with Canada
The grand Pacific Central Station in Vancouver
The grand Pacific Central Station in Vancouver
The beautifully-restored Pacific Central Station - where I departed The Canadian to begin eploring Vancouver
The beautifully-restored Pacific Central Station - where I departed The Canadian to begin eploring Vancouver
Pacific Central Station. Warning - the next set of photos I'll post will make you want to move out West... stay tuned!
Pacific Central Station. Warning - the next set of photos I'll post will make you want to move out West... stay tuned!
One of my most favourite pieces of architecture - the colosseum-inspired Vancouver Public Library
One of my most favourite pieces of architecture - the colosseum-inspired Vancouver Public Library