Monday, September 27, 2010

Is It Really Bad...

Is it really bad that I kinda can't stand the thought of taking another single photo of an 'architectural marvel' or 'historical monument' or 'priceless sculpture'? So much so that I just end up doing this whenever the camera comes out in that direction?

Does that make me a naughty, disinterested designer? Would my old interior architecture lecturers hang their heads in dismay?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oh Woops... Catch Up

Oh geez, everything's going by so fast!

It's involved a bit of this...

Some of this...

And then lots of this!

Mmmmm gelato.... soooo goooooood.....

Home in ten days! Exciting!
Then it's back to the real world, the design world, and maybe some serious blogging... or maybe not. We'll see.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Red Door Gallery

I found a little store on Victoria Street in Edinburgh, that made my heart go 'weeeeeeee!'. It's called The Red Door Gallery and it is filled to the brim with all sorts of lovely homewares, artwork and other design nick nacks and goodies. See their blog here!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I Heart Edinburgh

Well the city that has stolen my heart so far would have to be Edinburgh. I couldn't get enough of the friendly little city, it's gorgous old buildings, quirky alleys and secret passageways, and some really good pubs!

We met up with some high school friends for three days of fun in Scotland before heading to Dublin. Here are a couple of highlights, including a road trip into the countryside, a comedy night, a big night on the turps, and a walking tour...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New York, New York

I am writing this on a full stomach of scrumptious Pad Thai, after a full on four days of New York fever.

We have squeezed in as many things as we could possibly squeeze, like walking the Brooklyn Bridge at 3 in the morning, standing atop the Rockerfeller Centre, enjoying live jazz at the Fat Cat basement bar in Manhattan, learning to play shuffle-board, strolling central park, relaxing at Coney Island, marvelling at Times Square, doing laundry like the locals in Brooklyn, riding in the yellow taxis, navigating the subways and so much more.

I'm pooped, but no rest for the wicked! Let's see what Europe has to offer...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Los Angeles

Today we flew into Los Angeles, and decided to be tourists and hire a car to cruise the touristy spots.
We headed straight for Hollywood, then through Beverley Hills, and finished the day at Santa Monica pier.

It's not really my kind of city - it's grungy, it's dirty, it's run down and smoggy, but it is certainly an eye-opener!

Driving down Rodeo Drive, we rubbed bumpers with the latest Porsche, Mercedes and Audis, and you can see consumerism is alive and well in these parts considering the Versace, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany stores are still doing business! The 'beautiful people' are beautiful, the 'plastic people' look awfully plastic, and then there are all the cliched characters at the other end of the spectrum too, but you can see how this diverse range of people make the city what it is, even if it is all very superficial feeling.

Santa Monica Pier was tired and run down, but kinda fun all the same. I loved the buskers and pier entertainers performing weird and random things. There were parrots and maccaws, jugglers, hooler-hoopers, mimes, contortionists and acrobats. It was a good wander for the afternoon.

Next up we're off to New York, hoping that hurricane Earl isn't going to create problems for our flights!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

View From The Top

It's only taken us 6 months and up until our last day on Salt Spring Island to make our way up to the top of Mount Maxwell to appreciate the truely magnificent view. Not only can you see Salt Spring in all it's beautiful glory, but America in the distance in one direction, and Vancouver Island to another. Talk about feeling on top of the world!

So that's it from Salt Spring, time for new adventures. I'll keep you posted!