Memories from Thailand , 2014 ( part 2)

The story of our trip to Thailand continues. I hope you will enjoy the story as much as we enjoyed our trip . With all the photos I have taken I have very good memories of this trip even if it happened  more than 3 years ago.

We had a rental car and Fred was our driver. Did you know that Thailand is like England or Australia  ? What I mean is that they do not drive the same way we do in Canada. In Thailand people drive on the left side of the road. In Thailand, most people drive a scooter or a motorcycle. Here is a woman going to work on the fields.

On that day , we headed north until we reached a small village called Nawai. In the fields grow  many produces but don’t ask me what it is…

We walked up the mountain to enjoy the view.

By the side of the road, we saw some coffee beans  drying in the sun. As you know  they get the brown color after roasting.

The next day, we visited the Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang. Beautiful flowers everywhere .

We arrived in Thaton later that day and settled at the Old Tree’s house. The owner , a French man and his Thai wife , has a wonderful small resort for the tourists eager to spend time in Northern Thailand. We had our own bungalow.

The first night we had dinner in town at the Sunshine Cafe. Delicious food and very inexpensive. It was a simple restaurant. The lady here is working by herself .

I will tell you more about this trip another day.

Thanks for your visit .

Memories from Thailand, 2014 (Part 1)

Hello readers.

When I started this blog  3 years ago,  I wanted to share some fun time I experienced. Somehow I never shared this travel in Thailand I did with  my husband . It was February 2014 and  It was another exciting adventure for us . And a special one as it was also our  first trip to Asia.

As usual I will show you some photos and tell you a bit about this trip. Traveling from VANCOUVER  to Thailand with a connecting flight in Seoul was a long journey. At the  Seoul Incheon airport ,  we saw a parade of Royal family.

We arrived in Chiang Mai in the evening. Our friend Fred was waiting for us. We were going to spend the week with him as he lives there and know very well  the country.

After a good night of sleep, we were woken up with a bird song.  We spent the first day walking in the city, visiting beautiful temples . The weather was just perfect and of course much warmer than what we have in Vancouver in February ( and no rain).

We  went to the Sunday night market where I bought some pants as souvenirs. There were lots of products we did not know and it was fun to try to figure out what it was.

If you don’t want to walk you can always travel by tuk-tuk. They are inexpensive .

Some food we ate that day ;

Of course, we would see monks everywhere. They are easily recognizable with their orange clothing.

It was a full first day. We were happy to discover a new country and we were lucky to have Fred to answer our questions. The story will continues on my next post.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

A fun summer.

Hello readers !

I know summer is not over yet  but it feels like it. I will show you -with more photos than words- some activities I enjoyed this summer. And then I  will  take a break and wait to have  fun things for “show and tell”.  Writing my blog is not a job.  I  enjoy it but letting the computer having a rest is not a bad idea !

First, there were a few trips to Langley  to pick up berries: strawberries, raspberries and also blueberries. Which one are your favorite ? They are great in smoothies. I am please to support local farmers.

Spending summer in Vancouver is nice. You may want to pretend you are a tourist. Not so far from Vancouver, with only a short ferry ride, Bowen Island was waiting for us. We climbed  Mount Gardner to appreciate the view on the Sunshine Coast.

We walked around Killarney Lake.

and just in case you are lost or think you are , follow the signs.

Summer is a good time to have guests and go on  different outings.

Lynn Canyon suspension bridge is always fun to cross. On that day , we were quite early and I was able to capture Emilie  almost by herself on the bridge. When we came back there was more action (firefighters in training).

We like our beautiful green and mossy  forest.

Going downtown ( using the sea-bus).

Visiting Dr. Sun-Yat Sen garden.

Resting for a minute at English Bay.

Going up Grouse Mountain to check our fitness level.  The Grouse Grind is a very popular hike for locals and visitors. The Grouse Grind trail takes you up steep and rugged terrain from the North Vancouver plateau to the glorious Grouse Mountain peak. It is a near vertical 2.9km (1.8 mile) hike up the mountain, offering an intense workout with 2,830 stairs and an elevation gain of 2,800 feet.

When you reach the top, you can say hello to Grinder and Coola (the bears), enjoy the bird show, admire the view.  It is fun to take your time  up there and come down with the gondola only when you know you are ready to be back in the city.

Here is my friend Agathe  with a view of the city down below.

What else ? Oh well,  summer is also time to hike. This year we did a few new hikes . Kennedy Falls was  a good one. It gave us the chance to see the Big Cedar,  a 600+ year old red cedar, that is one a only few old-growth trees in Lynn Valley to have escaped being clear-cut. At 4 meters wide, it’s arguably the most spectacular tree you can find anywhere around Vancouver.

Here is the falls. It was a perfect spot to have our lunch.

A  smile on the trail… to make us smile of course!

I  thank you for reading or leaving a comment. I will be back later with new adventures  and photographs to share with  you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa . The largest city in Sonoma County. We went to the  Visitor Bureau  to try to figure out what was interesting . It was then  mid-afternoon , it was sunny and we did not want to be indoors.   If it had been raining maybe we would had gone to the museum.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum  is dedicated to the works of Charles  M. Schulz,  creator of the Peanuts  comic strip. The museum opened on August 17, 2002.  Mr. Schulz lived   and worked  in Santa Rosa for 3 decades.

Maybe you  know the characters of the comic strip ?

The famous Charlie Brown and  Snoopy.  Charlie Brown is characterized as a person who frequently suffers, and as a result is usually nervous and lacks self-confidence. He shows both pessimistic and optimistic attitudes: on some days, he is reluctant to go out because his day might just be spoiled, but on others, he hopes for the best and tries as much as he can to accomplish things. Snoopy has become one of the most recognizable and iconic characters in the comic strip. The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs.

Lucy van Pelt  is the older sister of Linus and Rerun. Lucy is characterized as a crabby, bossy and opinionated girl who bullies other characters in the strip, particularly Linus and Charlie Brown.

Woodstock never speaks normal words.The only non-avian character who can understand Woodstock’s speech is Snoopy.

It was fun to walk in the city not very far from the visitor bureau and see  the characters  If we go back to Santa Rosa, we will visit the museum…

It is always interesting to discover new things as you travel.  And everywhere on this planet  there are many things to learn and to enjoy !

Thanks for reading.

Sonoma Valley

On a foggy March morning, we got ready to explore Sonoma Valley. First , we walked a bit in the town of Sonoma ( we had been there in 2014) but it was nice to see it again.  A beautiful park  with spring blossoms in the Italian garden.

Sometimes,  we  stop to capture the landscape…

There were no leaves yet on the grapevines…

So many wineries in this area of California … more than  425 and 70 varieties of wine grapes.

Some of the wineries have nice buildings and it gives me opportunity to take photos like I always do.  Here is Chateau St.Jean

Ledson Castle is an architectural showpiece nested among 20 acres of estate vineyards.

We were not really trying to go for tasting  the wine  but we certainly enjoyed very much spending time  and exploring . Spring time is probably a lot more quiet  than if we were visiting in fall when the grapes are ready to be picked.

We also  visited Santa Rosa but I will not say more about this city on this post. It will be for next week. Thank you so much for your visit and comment.

 

 

Point Reyes National Seashore

On our road trip in California, we stayed in Petaluma. We enjoyed very much  this area. We spent a full day in Point Reyes National Seashore.  From the parking lot  (where the bus drops the tourists – to avoid too much cars on the road of the park) we walked a few minutes and then descended 300 narrow steps to get as close as possible to the lighthouse.

Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent. Weeks of fog, especially during the summer months, frequently reduce visibility to hundreds of feet. The Point Reyes Headlands, which jut 10 miles out to sea, pose a threat to each ship entering or leaving San Francisco Bay. The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse warned mariners of danger for more than a hundred years. It was  built in 1870 and  retired from service in 1975 when the U.S. Coast Guard installed an automated light.

In March it is time to try to see migrating whales when they go back to Alaska. The docents were trying to count how many were passing by. We saw some actions in the water but couldn’t really see  the mammals.  The best I could do was to take a pic of the toy gray whale on the table.

Point Reyes National Seashore  is a protected haven for tule elks. This one noticed that I wanted his picture !

In another area of the park, we could see some elephant seals. There were a few , mostly pups and juveniles  not ready to leave the beach yet.  They were quietly napping!

We saw lots of beautiful flowers. California Poppy, Golden Aster, Checkerbloom Douglas Iris…

On our way back toward Petaluma, we stopped to Inverness.  I took some pics of  the iconic  Point  Reyes Shipwreck perched on a sand bar off the shoreline of Tomales Bay. This is a small fishing boat  that had become a popular attraction for photographers.

One  day was almost not enough to enjoy it to the fullest  but that was all the time we had as the next day, we were going to see some wineries . That will be  the topic of my next post. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed the story and the photos.

 

 

Zabriskie Point and Mosaic Canyon. (DVNP)

Zabriskie Point, the golden badlands. Deathly silent and still . Result of often violent action of water and earthquake.  Another amazing area of this splendid park. Enjoy the photos I brought back.

Time for another hike… in Golden Canyon.

I have great memories of this day.  Blue sky  and fantastic landscapes to capture. We still had some time the next morning to explore Mosaic  Canyon, a showcase of geologic features. Out and back hike within polished marble narrow filled with unique color pattern. Many times I felt the need to touch the soft walls of the canyon. It was early in the morning and just perfect weather.

Goodbye  Death Valley.   A very unique  and special place it is.

Thank you for visit and comments. Always very appreciated.