Thursday, August 31, 2017

British Columbia and San Francisco / Missing Camera

ATM Machine - Vancouver  2017

Luggage Carousel (SFO) - San Francisco  2017

Two iPhone panorama shots.

Top: Hali at an ATM machine, Mike holding the iPhone while his Canon G5X dangles around his neck. Alas, that's one of the last glimpses we'll have of the Canon, which went missing - somehow - in the departures lounge of the Vancouver airport. (!!!???) Although it wasn't always the most reliable camera, Mike used it quite extensively in several locations, from Utah to Japan to Yosemite.

Bottom: A luggage carousel at San Francisco's SFO airport. The funny thing is, Mike didn't realize the Canon was missing until he arrived home and looked in his daypack. No camera.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Vancouver Miscellaneous Food Post

Torn Bread and Tallow Butter (AnnaLena) - Vancouver  2017

Chen's - Vancouver  2017

Top: Torn bread and tallow butter at AnnaLena. Trendy, but good.

Next: Chen's Shanghai Restaurant in Richmond. Had their soup dumplings (XLB), very good, but could spurt if the diner isn't careful. Also, smoked chicken, which we kept as leftovers for lunch at the departures terminal at the airport.

Below: Soft serve ice cream in Gastown, a touristy Vancouver section along the waterfront.

Soft Serve Ice Cream - Vancouver  2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Clam Chowder at Boulevard

Boulevard Logo - Vancouver  2017

Clam Chowder (Boulevard) - Vancouver  2017

Clam chowder at Boulevard. Probably the highlight of the food tour we took in Vancouver. We would have liked to come back later for a regular meal, but couldn't manage it.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday Crow Blogging

Alley, Crow - Vancouver  2017

As I walked around Vancouver I became particularly intrigued by its alleyways, which seemed to me to be of much more photographic interest than the glass-covered highrises. So I took a number of alleyway photos; however and alas, very few of them are of any particular value.

Alley - Vancouver  2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Vancouver Flowers

Flowers - Vancouver  2017

Flowers - Vancouver  2017

Some private landscaping in the photos above. Below, watering flower baskets in a public square.

Watering Flowers - Vancouver  2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Thierry - Vancouver  2017

Macarons - Vancouver  2017

Famous pastry shop in Vancouver, known for their macarons, which were OK, I guess.

But we much prefered their croissants, purchased there and taken to the nearest Starbucks to have with drip coffee. No problem finding a Starbucks, as there seems to be one every half-block.

For some reason I never got a photo of the croissants. Ate them too fast most likely.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Vancouver Sightems - 2

High-Rise Housing - Vancouver  2017

Cranes - Vancouver  2017

I was impressed by the amount of multi-story housing structures in and about Vancouver, somewhat resembling Japan. If these kind of buildings were proposed in the Bay Area, the consternation would be considerable.

Nice view of the cranes once the cruise ship blocking the view had departed.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Vancouver Sightems - 1

Van Gogh & Jeff Koons Louis Vuitton Window - Vancouver  2017

Is It Nothing To Yov - Vancouver  2017

iPhone and Canon G5X.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Pirate Outing - Vancouver  2017

Pirate Store - Vancouver  2017

Seen on Granville Island. Lots of food items in the marketplace there, reminding me of Seattle.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Burrard Street Bridge

Burrard Street Bridge - Vancouver  2017

Burrard Street Bridge, Self-Portrait - Vancouver  2017

Major Vancouver street. The water taxi to Granville Island goes underneath the bridge.

So, yes, we went to Granville Island. Hali has more stamina than Mike for that sort of thing.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Black Squirrel Blogging

Black Squirrel - Vancouver  2017

Well, it turns out that they're not that uncommon. Seen in the Kitsilano area (known as "Kits.")

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stanley Park

Forest (Stanley Park) - Vancouver  2017

Hiking (Stanley Park) - Vancouver  2017

We walked from our downtown hotel to the famous, and very large, Stanley Park. Our route went up the Pipeline Road, then past Beaver Lake, then looped back. Hali's Fitbit readout was off the charts.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cruise Ships

Cruise Ship - Vancouver  2017

Island Princess - Vancouver  2017

Whoa. Those things are really big and impressive, especially when pulling out in the afternoon.

Friday, August 18, 2017


Japadog Exterior - Vancouver  2017

Japadog Counter - Vancouver  2017

A Vancouver must-have. Yelp reviewers really like it, but, you know, Yelp reviewers. Our take: OK to try it once, but no need to have it again.

Japadogs - Vancouver  2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tall Buildings

Reflections - Vancouver  2017

Sun Flare - Vancouver  2017

Lots of tall, glass-covered buildings in Vancouver, reflecting the buildings opposite them, and bouncing sun flares down onto the street. I took a great many reflection shots, too many.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vancouver Chinatown

New Sun Ah Hotel - Vancouver  2017

Steamed Buns - Vancouver  2017

Our first food jaunt in Vancouver . . . walking to Chinatown and sampling various buns and such. All good.

Conversation - Vancouver  2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Vancouver / Smoke

Boats, Skyline - Vancouver  2017

Trees, Smoke - Vancouver  2017

Forest fires in British Columbia, impaired visibility in Vancouver.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Dog Blogging

Dog #1 - Vancouver  2017

Dog #2 - Vancouver  2017

Vancouver. Great spot for a retriever!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Vancouver Airport

Airport Customs Area, Arrivals - Vancouver  2017

Airport Corridor, Departures - Vancouver  2017

Hali and Mike spent a few days last month in Vancouver. The Vancouver airport's arrival area (top photo) is quite cool, with Northwest-themed dioramas and such . . . the departure area (bottom photo), not so much. Both are iPhone photos.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

April in Portugal

April in Portugal - San Anselmo  2017

A 1958 album. Once I heard the actual melody, of course I remembered it. Not my favorite.

Friday, August 11, 2017

San Francisco Residential Sightems

Doorway - San Francisco  2017

Arch Entryway - San Francisco  2017

Taken while I was making a quick run to the local hardware store. Photos taken using a Canon G5X.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

San Francisco Dining - 3

Sandwich Counter - San Francisco  2017

Nice photo! Taken with an iPhone 7 Plus. Submarine Center in the West Portal neighborhood.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

San Francisco Dining - 2

Pots (Cocotte) - San Francisco  2017

Wine Glasses (Cocotte) - San Francisco  2017

At Cocotte, on Hyde Street. Cable cars kept rumbling by . . . very cool, although I wasn't able to get a shot.

Food there was good, but the main event for me was my finding a parking spot not that far away. Whoa!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

San Francisco Dining - 1

Hot Sauce and Panko - San Francisco  2017

Bob's Donuts - San Francisco  2017

Trying to figure out how to sample the fare at Hot Sauce and Panko . . . no seating, so would have to take out.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Swallow Blogging

Violet Green Swallow - Fairfax  2017

Perching on a nearby tree. He considerately waited there while I went into the house and procured the Olympus 75-300mm lens.