Puzzling Positano!

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Recently I went to the DeSerres art store with ma petite sœur looking to buy some art supplies or even one of the adult colouring books that are so popular these days but found this!! A jigsaw puzzle with a shot of Positano, Italy. I gave a squeal of joy on recognizing this beautiful place.  The 500 pieces are big, so it was easy to finish till I hit the buildings in the picture. 😦 It was going to be a long process. Luckily the petite sœur who is great with buildings came over for a visit, and soon she & I were looking for pieces based on the way the buildings line up or look in elevation. There might have been some perspective in there as well! 🙂 We had the pieces in place in no time. I am glad I didn’t finish the puzzle on my own. This way it was way more fun!! Grazie, petite sœur!

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Positano.

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Doors Open TO – Walking Tour

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Doors Open is wonderful initiative by the City of Toronto that opens the doors to many buildings in the city normally not open to the public. Having visited a fair number of the beautiful buildings this city has to offer, I decided to join one their free walking tours instead. This one was called “Architectural Icons at Exhibition Place” lead by Tour Guide Richard Fiennes-Clinton. The walk was 90 minutes long, well organized, informative and nice. Some highlights along the way.

The Cherry Blossoms are here!!

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It’s that time of the year when High Park is blessed with the lovely Cherry Blossom blooms. It is a busy time for this relatively peaceful hood for a weekend or a day depending on Mother Nature’s mood. This time it looks like a weekend and a couple of days next week. I try and go to High Park as part of this annual visit but it’s getting noticeably more and more crowded every year. Phew! The crowds really got my attention this year, and of course so did the lovely blooms!

It is heartwarming to see that something so ethereal, simple and beautiful can still catch our attention, even if for a short while.

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Ah Amalfi!

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From the very first trip to Italy to amazing Amalfi!! First time visiting Italy and with a group of women I had never met before. But what an experience it turned out be…The highlight of the trip – Amalfi! Oh my! They did ask we climb stairs as part of the hike prep but could have never prepared us for this hike to the town of Ravello from Amalfi and back in time to shower and dinner! The hike shook our knees for hours after! Can the Italians build on hillsides or what? The hiking kicked butt with SO many stairs to climb, but(t) was so worth it!

 

 

In the dark for Earth Hour..

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Like a LOT of stuff our generation had never heard of growing up, climate change is now part of life. Hard to miss here in TO given how many really hot days we get in the summer now. Also the winters are not so frigid anymore. Even more worrisome when building developers want to build up on green spaces saying they are “under utilized”! News flash, we live in Canada and most of the time it is too cold – nowadays more rainy and soggy – to use the green spaces. Does not mean we need more heat radiating buildings on them! Ah, for leaders and civic authorities with long term vision.