Sunday, August 29, 2010

Istanbul, Turkey

Out trip to Istanbul was something quite extraordinary. I had no idea what to expect. Istanbul was one of two cities labeled with the title 'City of Culture' this year. To enter this country, most nationals have to have a visa...and it's not free. It cost me 50 Euros for a sticker in my passport and five minutes of questioning at immigration. They were shocked that a Canadian would visit Istanbul and they carefully examined my passport photo. Even having another colleague see my photo. He noticed I had long hair...what an observation. And in my photo (which was taken in 2006) I had shorter hair and looked a bit younger. 10 points for spotting that. I made sure I got my stamp. Otherwise it could be a serious haggle (and even a crime) upon departure. We soon enter the taxi area and it is HOT and we are soon escorted into a taxi and the man who kindly pointed us to our taxi asked for money for his hard work. We soon arrive to our apartment and we are speechless. It is incredible. The flat is owned by an architect and her brother manages the rentals. She has an office on the main floor where we were invited for a coffee. She was very talented. You could tell she paid a lot of attention to detail; from the walls to the furniture. It was carefully thought out. But one thing that puzzled me was that the washroom in our flat had no walls. Well there was something...clear glass. How romantic to see your loved one taking a dump while you read a book on the luxurious bed with egyptian cotton sheets. Priceless. The picture here is the view from our flat. Absolutely beautiful. 

I took this photo because I had a friend who was completely obsessed with woman in boots. I guess we all have our fetishes.
Looking down from our flat. The terrace you see is the one belonging to the architect studio downstairs where we had our coffee. 
Another view from our apartment. 
The other side of our apartment. Traffic jam! Also the reason why I was late getting to the airport at the end of our trip.  My driver knew how to talk his way and convince the truck behind us to move. 

The historic tram. 

The city center...5 minutes from our flat. This street is lined up with embassies and consulates and of course tons of shops and cafes. 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Open 23 Hours a Day...

Hmm I wonder what they do in that 1 hour that they're closed. Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vancouver, BC

Canada Place. Love how blue the water is and the beautiful view. 
Stanley Park. I could do this walk everyday if I lived in Vancouver. So peaceful and completely surrounded by nature. 
Unfortunate death. 
The building where the angel jumps out in X-Men. 
Grouse Mountain. Taking the lazy way. Although we hiked up and earned ourselves a free ride down.  Not to mention the spectacular view. 

The view at night from my friends apartment in the centre. 
Vancouver by day. 
YVR. At the airport, ready to return to reality. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Every cup of coffee invites a new conversation, a new discussion. Taken at a cafe near Tibidabo. 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Geneva, Switzerland, June 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Air New Zealand Safety Video

Look closely...a neat approach to the same old boring, poorly produced in flight safety video. 

Sweden's Got Talent...a different kind of talent!

More of Festa de Gràcia...

An insurance company here in Barcelona by the sea...




Jamon





Sunday, August 15, 2010

La Festa Major de Gràcia

Today marks the official start of the one week long festival of food, beer, music and fun. It's a competition of the streets as they go head to head decorating using only recycled/rubbish products. A week long of events including concerts in the lovely district of Gràcia. 









Biking in the countryside of Catalunya

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lisbon

Since I didn't manage to get out of town this summer, going through photos of my trip to Portugal last summer. 



Did they forget to take down the Christmas lights? Laziness? or summer beauty?



I admire this couple taking in the moment...together.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What to do on a flight from New York to Berlin?

If you're an avid traveler or an travel enthusiast then you simply must check this out. It is hilarious and sadly true (for some). Enjoy!


Charlie Brooker's How to Report the News

Ever dreamt of being a news presenter? Check out this really funny video about how to present a news story. 

Rosie O'Donnell's last day on the View...

This is just priceless...Rosie and Elizabeth go head to head.


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