Spring comes to Toronto. Not!
Guess who used 250 drones to put on a light show over the Bellagio fountains? It was awesome.
CES 2018. Some people need a hi tech solution to take an afternoon nap. Just give me a comfortable chair by the fireplace.
Hazy full moon at Loreto.
Shop and have fun! At Bufadora waves burst through a hole like a geyser, as happens in many places on rocky coasts. Here, at Ensenada, it has become a major tourist destination. To reach it you run the gauntlet of souvenir shops, bars, restaurants, and pharmacies selling Viagra.
Low tide. The monsters are coming out to play.
On the road again. Heading north in Baja.
Day of the Dead decorations on crypts in the main cemetery of Oaxaca.
Lots of grasshoppers for sale in the market. Question. If we declare them to customs, are they food?
The cemetery is so crowded you can barely walk. Graves are decorated with flowers and candles and more. Relatives wait for the spirits to return. Sometimes solemnly, sometimes playing music and celebrating. Some with mariachi bands. A few seemed to be enjoying a fair bit of mezcal.
Tlayuda con Chapulines. Delicious grasshoppers on a toasted tortilla with lettuce, cheese, and hot peppers. Jane did not try it.
Altars, small and large, are set out in homes to welcome back the spirit of dead relatives. Their favourite foods, drinks and music are waiting for them.
Jane told me I had to lose weight.
I march to the beat of a different drum!
Safe on the other side of the bars from the undead.
Even the dogs are dressed for the Day of the Dead.
Great seats for KD Lang tonight. Awesome voice!
The setting sun highlights a very patient sailor on a perfect calm June evening on Stony.
Thanks for coming to visit. Now scram!
We aren't in Mexico any more, are we? Midland, Ontario.
Sun and shade in the center of Loreto. Relaxed Mexico.
Is this some kind of warning? Not the only hanging doll we saw. Welcome to Baja Sur.
This 15m 20 ton grey whale was as curious about us as were about her and her little 5m baby. Close enough to touch. Softer than expected.
First sunrise over the sea of Cortez. View from the camper when I opened the door this morning. Life's a beach.
How could we not stop here. A lovely campground by the lake.
This was not how we planned to start the day. Failed cam position sensor. $$$OUCH
Snoopy rock. Sedona.
Great hike to Cathedral Rock this afternoon. Enjoying Sedona with our new camper.
Waiting for the supermoon at Sedona.
Great to hike into the Grand Canyon. My legs should recover in a few days.
Getting ready... Takeoff still set for 5am.
Weight is important, but he has a stuffed otter? Preparing for takeoff.
Not all the music in SMA is wonderful.
Roses floating. Fabrica Aurora. SMA. Mexico.
Gil Gutierrez and his band at Mi Casa tonight. Awesome!
Mojigangas, 4 meters tall, stroll the jardin celebrating the big wedding tonight at the Parroquia.
San Miguel de Allende
Conejo de la Luna by Cristina Luna. We are enjoying the art of San Miguel de Allende. Open Studios this weekend should keep us busy.
Smoked salmon fettuccine. Thank you Tim and Lillian for the awesome s home smoked salmon for Christmas. With an arugula, apple, walnut salad. Made a great meal.
Escargots in potato shells with a creamy Roquefort sauce. Memere au Piano. I could stay in Paris forever.
An evening of Gregorian Chant at Notre Dame Cathedral. Welcome to heaven.
Gerard Mulot again. How do you choose? If life is like a box of chocolates, this is the good life.
Window shopping at Gerard Mulot. Wow!
Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne. Fantastic building by Frank Gehry. Contemporary art.
Caesar salad with sot-l'y-laisse (chicken oysters) for lunch at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Street art in Belleville. Cleverly placed on a real sewer pipe. There is a lot of street art in Paris including the ubiquitous space invaders that you can get points for with the app.
Lunar cheese? Green cheese at the Parcours de Gout, part of the Vendanges de Monmartre festival.
Scoop Me a Cookie. One more reason to be in Paris. It's yes time, too!
La Crepe Bretonne. It is good to be back in Paris!
Where's the party? Betty's Bay penguin colony.
Sipping Utshwala / Umqombothi - a local beer made in 3 days by fermenting maize and sorghum. Tried it in Soweto, Lesotho, and this Zulu village. I am beginning to like it. Maybe we should make some this summer.
Some of the spices in the Victoria Market, Durban, are extra hot. This area of Durban has the largest community of Indians outside India.
Highest pub in Africa. Sani Pass, Lesotho.
Jane deftly manoevres herself around a tree on a zip line canopy tour. Only 40 meters off the ground. Nothing to worry about. Karkloof, South Africa.
Vitalina invited us into her rondavel and served fresh bread baked on a cow dung fire. Delicious!
Rondavels are the traditional homes of Zulu, Swazi, and Basuto.
Basuto shepherd in Lesotho.
At 3000 meters, these Basuto shepherds tend their sheep. It is cold and windy. Leshoto.
You've got to love the way giraffes drink.
Watering holes are teeming with life, just like in National Geographic. Zebras, impala, waterbucks, warthogs, nyala, wildebeests, giraffes, and more. We visited several and were never disappointed.
Sharing the road with a giraffe is a new experience.
Daddy was here, too.
This road is warm and I got here first. You will have to wait. Encountering lions on the road at night in Kruger.
African filling station. One Coke bottle and one Sprite bottle of 93 please.
African Sunset. God's Window. Near Graskop.
These signs are all over Soweto on walls and lamp posts.
Shopping in Addis Ababa. Unexpected complimentary day in Ethiopia thanks to a missed connection.
Breakfast at Horseshoe Bay.
Did you say it was snowing there? Sorry. Nice day for a paddle at Half Moon Bay.
Bitcoin ATM at Hacker Dojo in Silicon Valley.
Keith Haring anticipates the selfie by 25 years.
Si Weiwei exhibit at Alcatraz.
Asilomar Beach, California. Creativity.
In honor of World Toilet Day, I bring you the Modern Toilet Restaurant of Shenzhen. All seats are toilets. All dishes are similarly shaped. I do not recommend ordering the chocolate mousse.
Venetian Casino. Macau.
Moon gate, Mandarins House, Macau.
Beam me up Scotty! Laser light show Hong Kong.
A change of scenery. Hong Kong.
She sells fruits and vegetables to the street food vendors on every street in town.
Wholesale flowers. I wonder how far she cycled to bring these flowers to the city. At this flower shop, she sold one small bunch of roses. She won't go home until they are all sold.
Typical power pole with ad hoc wiring. Don't let the first impression fool you. Fiber to the home offers 100 Mbps internet over some of these cables strung randomly.
A simple salad of tomatoes and cucumber slices.
Family swim in Halong Bay.
Surprise Cave. Inside one of the islands of Halong Bay.
Halong Bay. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Invaded by tour boats and overnight cruises.
Selling baubles to tourists, rowing from boat to boat. A hard way to make a living.
And then add water.
35 second method for cooking shrimp.
Liberating Buddha from a block of marble.
Need LED lighting? We have LED lighting!
Sometimes the chaos ends badly.
600BC. The Vietnamese have been smiling for a long time!
Haircut on the street. 75 cents. Good deal!
Fishing in West Lake on a Sunday afternoon.
Yup! I am still enjoying Vietnam. Graduation day at the Temple of Literature.
Rain, rain, go away. 6th day of rain and fog.
Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel. Hot chocolate and carrot muffins. Warming up.
Buy from me! Come to my village! Two friends from different Hmong villages walk to Sapa every day to sell their wares together.
Lunch with a hill tribe may be entertaining, but smoked local trout on a toasted baguette and a hot chocolate at the Hill Station is more civilized after a10k hike in the chilly mist.