Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Happy Halloween for the ones who celebrate...this Optic store at Robson@Grandville street always have fantastic windows...will post more often some of their "unusual optic style"...this is definitely a corner that makes you stop for a second look.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Its sad enough to see the volume of homeless people on the streets of Vancouver, now even more disturbing is to know the rainy season is coming...but that fact does not really seams to disturb them as much as I could think, they walk around smily after all ( Good for them!) many as we know with shooping cars, looking for what this end of season is offering...
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The Sylvia was designed as an apartment building by Mr. W.P. White, a Seattle architect. It was built in 1912 by Booker, Campbell and Whipple Construction Company for a Mr. Goldstein, who had a daughter named Sylvia. During the Depression the Sylvia Court Apartments fell on hard times, and in 1936 the building was converted into an apartment hotel. With the advent of World War II, many of the suites were converted to rooms, in order to provide accommodation for the merchant-marine crews.
After the war the number of permanent residents in the hotel gradually decreased, until by the sixties the Sylvia had become a completely transient full-service hotel. In 1954 it opened the first cocktail bar in Vancouver. Until 1958 the Sylvia Hotel was the tallest building in the West End. A well known landmark, its brick and terra-cotta extension softened by the Virginia creeper that now completely covers the Gilford Street side of the hotel.
In 1975 the Sylvia was designated by the City of Vancouver as a heritage building, thereby ensuring its survival for many years to come.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This morning I received the best surprise ever!! an Award, the BFF award FROM A FELLOW BLOGGER, one I truly admired, Selim from IZMIR daily photo.
I had no idea this prize existed until now... I AM VERY HAPPY, FLATTERED AND HONOURED... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Now it is my turn to give the award to five fellow bloggers according to following rules:
1. Only five people are allowed
2. Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog
3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award
Well, I would like to present the same award, although it's really very hard to select only five:
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We find this all over Downtown...yes not only the sad picture of the feets on the ground, you can find this pistoresque handmade mosaics.
Title:On the Scene
Located at the southeast corner of Robson and Burrard Streets.
A stroll through Vancouver’s vibrant shopping district on a sunny summer afternoon is an experience not to be missed by tourists and residents alike. This mosaic displays three friends taking in the scene and enjoying the pleasant ambience that permeates the downtown core. From Robson Street to the Granville Strip, dining, shopping and sightseeing are a cultural experience that mosaic artist Liz Calvin has adeptly captured in this tile. Utilizing subtle colours and filtering them with oranges and reds in bright tones, this mosaic conveys the feel of Vancouver’s happy easy-going nature that appeals to all.
In celebration of its 15th anniversary in 2005, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) launched a public art project aimed at beautifying downtown streetscapes. The project involved a collaborative process between DVBIA members and a team of artists to create 12 original tile mosaics, each measuring nine square feet and permanently installed in city sidewalks throughout the DVBIA’s 90 block area.
Phase two of the Mosaic Art Tiles Project creates six more tiles to add to the collection.
As they did in 2005, accomplished local mosaic artists Liz Calvin and Bruce Walther have spearheaded the design and production of the mosaics.
The piece-by-piece creation of the mosaics took place during the seven weeks of the Cultural Olympiad 2008. Artisans worked in Sinclair Centre where Vancouverites and visitors could watch the designs come to life, ask questions and interact with the artists. Members of the public were also invited to help design two of the mosaics.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Situated just off the seawall beside the Brockton Oval cricket pitch are eight totem poles. Each has a story that breathes life into it. Each is connected to the land on which it stands in more than just a physical sense.
In 2001 an interpretive centre was established by constructing a separate structure housing working areas, lots of signage, a gift shop for related items and a refreshment outlet. The totem poles themselves were treated to un upgrade in the landscaping around them. More signage was put in place to deal with the stories related to each of them individually.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I have probably already post about the Lions gate bridge, but I not only like this bridge so much I also wanted to bring some colors back into todays greys...YES it was pooring down and felt like deeply into the winter blues...bbrrrr
now lets cross to the summer side...I was almost on my stomach when I took this photo, I could smell the pavement and the seawulls last food, I dont have a real wide angle lens so had to do my best between getting into the bushes and as lower as possible...yeah Imagine how funny I must have looked...exactly! I think it was worth it..what do you think?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Elek Imredy's Girl in Wet Suit sculpture was unveiled on a rock off Stanley Park on June 9, 1972. (She’s often misidentified as a mermaid. Check her feet. She’s got a couple.) According to Peggy Imredy, the artist's widow, the Girl “represents Vancouver's dependence on the sea and the necessity to use the sea for the benefit of all.”
The woman who posed for the work was Debra Harrington of Vancouver, whose father Clyde was a professional photographer.
There’s a nice story about its unveiling. Tom Butler, a former public relations professional (now retired and living in PEI), tells us: “The project was conceived by the late Vancouver lawyer Doug McK. Brown, who hired me to stick-handle the event. After the obligatory speeches, when the denouement arrived, Brown announced that, since the Girl belonged henceforth to everyone who used the park, it would be inappropriate for himself or any of the politicians present to do the unveiling. Rather, the honor should go to the first citizen who strolled into view along the seawall. The assemblage waited for 10 minutes in the rain, while the Sea Cadet Band from Discovery tootled its entire repertoire. Finally, two girls came along arm-in-arm and were startled when Brown told them the honor was to be theirs. The girls together pulled a string on shore that reached out to the canvas covering the Girl—and the historic unveiling was accomplished.”
Tom still has in his files the names of those girls, who, he writes, “quite accidentally strolled into Vancouver history.” They were Sharon Lockhart, and neighbour and Killarney High School classmate Mary McGowan, both 15, and both Navy League Wrenettes.
Elek Imredy, the sculptor, was born in Pest, Hungary April 13, 1912. He came to Vancouver in 1957 after the 1956 Hungarian uprising. His sculptures are exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe, and include a life-size statue of prime minister Louis St. Laurent in the Supreme Court in Ottawa. He created the bust of archivist Major J.S. Matthews at the City of Vancouver Archives, a sculpture of Judge Matthew Begbie (Begbie Square) and Lady of Justice at the Vancouver Law Courts. See The Sculpture of Elek Imredy by Terry Noble.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Today was a sunny warm autumn day, every single soul was out and about....even the devil riding a hog... lucky I could quickly catch this one while he was probably smiling underneath the mask while doing the devil's horn sign!!! Cool bikes felas!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This fountain close to the Waterfront station downtown is very attractive, great spot for photos as you can see here...and if you are hungry, a food court is right there behind...now 1..2..3 smile!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
This Morning, I went to the Vancuver General Hospital with my friend Scott. He was there for a finger surgery (Broken back in March Mountain Biking) I was really surprise of the nice and renewed building...OH no I though here I go again had no Camera, but off course had my Phone ....save my blog again.
Here some facts of the Hospital it self.
When it opened in 1886, Vancouver Hospital was just a nine-bed tent used to treat injured railway workers. Vancouver Hospital is composed of four sites: Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and George Pearson Centre. Now VHHSC is one of North America's leading health care centres with 1,900 beds. And treats nearly 116,000 patients each year.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I must apologize for the delay, have been running around busy but yesterday the Weather conditions were way to nice not to stop for a minute and shoot the Harbour Tower with my Phone. I wish I had my Camera with me, its a nice contrast of colors eh...for sure will be back and re-take it!!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Now it is more than official, so I thought it will be a good idea to bring some funny summer moments back...I think it is going to be hard to find this kind of situations in Winter time...mm What do you think???...
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Well Lines is the theme of the month, and I am not sure if because I did not register on time; I should not post line themes...mm
This is a view from Vancouver Downtown Skyline from Jericho Beach Park.
There are many ways to get there, for me is a nice and relax 30 minutes bike ride from downtonw, the view totally worth it. Plus the park itself is a beauty.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Grandville Street always something is going on there, with those amazing old theathers and night life, this area should be more often my target...for today's theme ( I was late to register ) Lines here goes this one anyway...