|City Hall in Edmonton|
We then toured the Art Gallery. As I've mentioned previously I am a philistine when it comes to art - I don't understand modern art. I just like a nice picture. So most of it went over my head....
|Edmonton art gallery|
|Registering for the walk|
|Thee were the steps!!!|
It was over a new pedestrian bridge on the North Saskatchewan river and along trails. An area that me as a tourist would never get to - that's the beauty of Volkssport. I really enjoyed it and got to see some old walking friends and meet new ones.
Following the walk there was a BBQ but I was meeting Colleen at Fort Edmonton Park. Well in retrospect I should have had lunch as Colleen's taxi was late and it turned out she had eaten lunch so I made do with a so so egg salad sandwich in one of the "hotels". I hadn't been to Fort Edmonton Park since 1977 and they had expanded it. More "streets" that went up to the 1920's - it started out with the actual fort which is what I had seen back then. Very interesting but it was so hot - we were worn out. We went back to the apartment and just relaxed.
|Fort Edmonton back it it's "heyday"|
|Bunk house - note the Hudson Bay blanket!|
|I used to fantasize about riding in a stage coach but never got into this one!|
Sunday morning we relaxed until it was time to go for brunch at Zinc which is in the art gallery. I treated as this was Colleen's retirement meal. Very elegant. Brunch was a three course meal. I will let the pictures tell the story!!!
|Parfaits and puff pastries to start. We shared this plate.|
|Next course: cheese, fruit and prune compote. We shared this plate.|
|Lobster benedict - this was mine - all mine!; Colleen had salmon benedict.|
From there we walked home and changed and went off to celebrate Canada Day at the Legislative Buildings. I must point out here that Colleen is a downtown dweller like me so everything is close by. Due to rain earlier in the day it wasn't very crowded so we sat and listened to the music - did we enjoy it? Well that's another story!!! We had every intention of going back for the fireworks but we were both tired and as it turned out we could see most of them from Colleen's balcony.
|Alberta Legilative Buildings on Canada Day|
|Showing off my Canadian flag socks.|
|Like Saskatchewan, Alberta's Legislative Building is celebrating its 100th anniversary.|
|Colleen walking along the path.|
|Lovely shaded path.|
|Taking a break. A photo break that is!!!|
I really like you Edmonton!
|And I'm really going to miss you....|
The next morning I took the bus back to Whyte Avenue armed with more cash (and a credit card for good measure!)..I had seen a light switch plate of a sunflower I had fallen in love with so Colleen bought that for me as part of my birthday gift. It is on my wall now and I love it. I also got myself a few little things such as birthday cards, a couple of new scents for my scent burner...(I don't burn candles as I am terrified of fire). Whyte Avenue has some great murals as well so had to photograph them. Well as much as you can "photograph" with a point and shoot...yep I left the DSLR at home...but I really didn't miss it. I just always feel so inadequate when I am taking a picture beside someone with a DSLR - invariably I have to tell them 'I have one of those at home'. We then went for Colleen's birthday lunch to a diner downtown that I can't remember the name of...oh well - we also looked around a bit downtown before heading back. Then it was time to head home...Colleen came with me on the LRT and bus. It is very handy now that Edmonton has a bus go from the airport to the LRT station closest to it. Edmonton's airport is ridiculously far out of the city.
Back home again but what a fun weekend. Bye bye Edmonton.....