Saturday, July 21, 2012
Back in North America and it feels very comfortable – had a wonderful set of experiences; but as you get close to the end, its hard not to start feeling restless.
At Fairview Cemetery a particularly popular grave that gets lots of visitors is that of J. Dawson the person on whom the Leonardo DiCaprio character in the movie is based
Downtown lunch experience - Bud the Spud
Some take their sailing to the extreme - 'Tall Ships' are a big deal here. I wouldn't fancy the running up and down the rigging thing - though I'm up to book 15 of the Patrick O'Brian Naval saga
Also the motor boat decor - faux tropical island - what is that?
Of course there is always someone who can sense an opportunity where others see disaster
as we bid adieu to Halifax and went on to New York - the plaintive notes of the bagpipes - 'sail bonnie boat like a bird on the wing.......'
Monday, July 16, 2012
Parenthetically, the Captains noon announcement informed us that there are no icebergs in our vicinity – apparently we now have really good early warning systems
Sunday, July 15, 2012
- First, that in the recently past yuppy years Reykjavik was a very popular party place for the expensive weekend
- Second, after the incredibly good years when Iceland boomed on the back of the finance bubble, it staged a spectacular collapse. It appears there have been no bailouts and banks (and investors) have gone under.
Then you see the new all glass Harpa concert and convention center
In fact a love of color comes out in other ways the way they set up flower beds.
Many of the shops catering to tourists trade on past history in their identities
but sell some of the most beautiful woolen goods knitted hats, gloves and sweaters.
They offer passers - by the opportunity to add their contribution
Also lovely fur items but then take it a bit far by having donor beasts stuffed and on display.
A store selling the most beautiful felted wool figures and animals made by the lady inside. She was busy making a puffin when we came in and allowed us to buy one. Merle admired some of the figures she had on display beautifully detailed. Great expressions. No, she said, she wouldnt sell these they meant too much to her!! A shop that wouldnt sell its wares. Different?
Some of the clothing stores offered startlingly colorful and striking fashions
- to a young troupe in bright colors using their bodies as street sculpture as they moved up the street (which Merle missed because she was busy shopping so no photo)
- to this lady doing a very carefully planned and measured street painting in coloured masking tape