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island hopping, day 3 Sointula

After our Quadra Island visit on day 2, we returned to Campbell River and headed north about 250 km. along a very good highway lined with forests, mountains, glimpses of lakes and ocean inlets but with very little population.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/10/2013 | 14 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History, Travel

 

island hopping '13, day 2/more

A few more photos here from our visit to Quadra Island's First Nations museum, gathering place and the spirit stones. The top image is of a totem pole next to the entrance to Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. The others are... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/10/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Travel

 

island hopping '13, day 2

One reason we stayed at Campbell River the first night of our island hopping holiday was that we wanted to visit Quadra Island, a short ferry ride away. Some years ago when I was researching rock art around British... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/09/2013 | 12 comments
themes: Anthropology, Canada and BC, Culture, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel

 

island hopping '13, day 1

As I mentioned in my previous post, husband's cousin Walter and his wife Elisabeth from Munich were with us for a visit for about ten days. They had first driven from Calgary over the Rockies to Vancouver, a very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/09/2013 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Travel

 

slow road, pt 5

After a day (only a day since we left daughter's place) of driving by astonishingly beautiful sights, we needed to stop for a night's rest. We had booked in advance to stay at the Cottage B&B on Lillooet Lake.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/07/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Nature, Travel

 

slow road, pt 4

We continue driving southwards along the winding Highway 99 which edges steep mountains overlooking the rushing Fraser River. Here we have come to a view over the town of Lillooet, one of the hottest spots in BC. Interesting history,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, History, Nature, Travel

 

slow road, pt 3

We left the dry grasslands of the south Cariboo region by taking the highway heading southwest through mountains and green forests, eventually to Whistler by the back route. It felt more like home already. It had been more than... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/07/2013 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Nature, Rocks, Travel

 

slow road, pt 2

Continuing west (see part 1) from the city of Kamloops along the Trans-Canada Highway, we soon came upon a magestic view over Kamloops Lake as the highway skirted around it. Funny how we had forgotten it from not traveling... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/06/2013 | be the first to comment
themes: Canada and BC, History, Travel

 

slow road, pt 1

Recently we took a few days' trip to visit our eldest daughter and her partner who live in the North Thompson River valley, east of Kamloops, BC. With us was also our eldest granddaughter who was eager to see... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/06/2013 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Rocks, Travel

 

my red diary

I'm not a diarist except when traveling and this has been my favourite travel diary. I love the texture, colour and pattern of the cover, and that it was a gift from a dear friend. Though it is last... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/09/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures, Travel

 

beach walk, Victoria (2)

More of my favourite images from our walk on Cordova Bay, on our visit back in May. Can you spot which of these show the hand of man upon nature? P.S. Happy 140th Birthday, British Columbia! No, really.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photography, Travel

 

beach walk, Victoria

I'm so glad to have my blog back after the server problems - strange how it broke my rhythm in writing. As I'm thinking of what to post, I remembered that I'd not finished describing the latter half of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/07/2011 | 14 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photography, Travel

 

sensuous rocks

Still sorting through photos of our little Gabriola vacation, I'm enjoying revisiting the excitement of many discoveries. Each beach we visited had amazing rock formations, with some similarities in their rough weathered hole-y textures, common also on Hornby Island,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/06/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Textures, Travel

 

Gabriola Petroglyph Park

Back to our visit and explorations a month ago (already!) on Gabriola Island. I previously featured a few images taken of some petroglyphs we found on one forest trail. The next day we visited the Gabriola Museum. Though closed mid-week... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/06/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Books, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel

 

on Pilot Bay

Too too busy** to write more about Gabriola Island's petroglyphs but I will as soon as able. Instead, here are a few of my favourite photos taken on the beach of Pilot Bay on Gabriola. I do love these... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/06/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

Gabriola's petroglyphs 2

Learning of our interest in petroglyphs, our excellent B&B host on Gabriola Island told us of one accessible trail to one collection of them. We were warned that many are so worn that it is hard to spot them... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/05/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks, Travel

 

Gabriola's petroglyphs

a Gabriola Island petroglyph I have more photos plus notes to share on the petroglyphs we saw on Gabriola Island, along with many more rock photos.... when I have some time. I've been quiet on this blog for we... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks, Travel

 

Malaspina Galleries 4

Still more rocks by the Malaspina Galleries on Gabriola Island, these adorned by the many colours of lichen.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/05/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Textures, Travel

 

Malaspina Galleries 3

Some exciting-to-me details of the rocks near the Malaspina Galleries on Gabriola. Did I mention that I shot hundreds of photos on this island, mostly of rocks? Such a rich abundance of Nature's amazing creations....... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/05/2011 | 27 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

Malaspina Galleries 2

As we move further out to the point away from the most striking 'wave' rocks of the Malaspina Galleries on Gabriola Island, we continue to see and admire amazing formations and textures and colours. Nature's art work worthy of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/05/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

Gabriola's Malaspina Galleries

(photo by FVR) (photo by FVR) (photo by FVR) As mentioned in my last post, we recently visited Gabriola Island and its noteworthy limestone formations called the Malaspina Galleries. We were told that they have eroded a great deal,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/05/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

island getaway

As some readers may have suspected, we've been away on a week's getaway to a couple of islands. The day after our disastrous federal election, we took a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, then a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/05/2011 | 18 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Travel

 

Montréal: highlights

We walked quite a lot around Old Montréal, the Latin Quarter, and some of the downtown. Thanks to Beth and J and their car tour we saw even more beyond. Here are only a few of our favourite photos... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/06/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Travel

 

Montréal: feasts

Montréal was a feast for the eyes, the soul and the stomach! We enjoyed a variety of ethnic meals in a variety of cafés and restaurants: African, Bretagne, Lebanese, Chinese, and of course French from casual to haute cuisine.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/06/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

Montréal: roofs

Our hotel was located on the edge of the Latin Quarter so we were really able to enjoy the mix of architectural styles and details in the variety of buildings in the area when out walking. I was particularly... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

back from Montréal

Late last night we returned from several lovely days in Montréal. This was my first visit there, not counting passing through on the train from the ship in Halifax to Winnipeg as a five-year-old immigrant with my family long ago!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/06/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Blogging, Travel

 

a year ago, May 14th

I ran out of time and steam to write much about the last week of our Europe trip a year ago, and since I'm rereading my paper travel diary almost daily, I thought I'd put in a few snippets from... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/05/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Travel

 

a year ago

...we arrived in London! I've started to reread my posts about our trip to the UK and Paris (under the 'travel' category). Here is the first one about getting ready for the big trip. Interesting to note how much later... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/04/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Travel

 

Paris: Notre Dame #2

All in a row.... repetition as an artistic device seen in a lot of art, works magnificently around these magestic cathedrals of Europe, I love it!    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/11/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, Other artists, Travel

 

Paris: Notre Dame

            Too tired for words, so it's a good time to post more of our photos of Paris. Notre Dame de Paris is a magestic awe-inspiring beauty, both architecturally and sculpturally. Just across the Seine and short... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/11/2009 | 10 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

Paris: arches

                        Arches beguile me, these ancient architectural and structural elements, these passages of invitation to something magical beyond...     (Should you have missed them, earlier posts about our spring trip to the UK and Paris... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/10/2009 | 17 comments
themes: Travel

 

Paris: details #4

                Even in Paris, birds of a feather stick together. Even the lady has had a visit from feathery friends.    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/10/2009 | 15 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

Paris: details #3

                        Sculptures everywhere in Paris, an abundance of art in everyday life, feasts for the eyes and the soul...... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/10/2009 | 17 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

Paris: details #2

    Some time ago already I had finished the posts about our London and UK portion of our spring trip. Since then I've been trying to find time to get back to writing about our week in Paris before this... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/09/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures, Travel

 

London: details #6

                Continuing the photo series of street furniture in London's Muswell Hill neighbourhood... I love Thomas Dudley, Dauntless Ductile who sounds like a character in a children's storybook. See also: London: details (#1) London: details #2... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/08/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

visiting Tate Modern

On the morning of our last day in London we went to the Tate Modern to see their collection of modern and contemporary art to balance out the older works seen previously. With us were our daughter and granddaughters who... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/08/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Travel

 

visiting the National Gallery

        On our last two days in London, we really packed in the sights and gallery visits. I wrote about the morning of our second-to-last-day's visit to the Annette Messager exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, after a ride... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/08/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Travel

 

London: details #5

                    More details underfoot and on garden walls in London's Muswell Hill neighbourhood See also: London: details (#1) London: details #2 London: details #3 London: details #4... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/08/2009 | 20 comments
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

Annette Messager

Annette Messager: Casino - image from Art Knowledge News After our London Eye ride, we walked over to the nearby Southbank Centre and left the granddaughters to play with their Opa. Elisa and I went into the Hayward Gallery... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2009 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Travel

 

London Eye

        A ride on the London Eye with daughter and granddaughters. It's touristy, it's expensive, it's scary for height-phobics like me. An impressive work of engineering and what fantastic views to satisfy the human eye. A hazy cloudy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/08/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

the Greenwich tour

Back to my travel diary and our last few but extra busy days in London.... Our 'Londoner' daughter had once taken one of the walking tours of London and enjoyed it so she suggested we all take the Historic Greenwich... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2009 | 10 comments
themes: Culture, History, Travel

 

more blog friends

Thoughts about meeting blog friends are still on my mind. I recently wrote about one meeting among several such meetings on our trip. We had one more meeting on our last day in London. Barrett Bonden of Works Well... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/07/2009 | 12 comments
themes: Blogging, Travel

 

London: details #4

                More from London's Muswell Hill neighbourhood See also: London: details (#1) London: details #2 London: details #3 PS July 28th: Compare these to some in Vancouver... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/07/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

Tunbridge Wells, Joe, Heidi

            Photos top to bottom: The Pantiles area, Heidi (in green jacket) and I chatting, and Joe.     One of the great delights of our trip to England has been the opportunity to meet a few blog friends.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Blogging, Culture, History, Travel

 

Ancient Britain: Avebury

                            Last of our destinations during our day long tour of Ancient Britain was Avebury. Like Stonehenge, Avebury is very well-known and many believe it is the superior stone circle. Certainly it is... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/07/2009 | 15 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel

 

Ancient Britain: Silbury & West Kennet

                    Soon after passing the White Horse we could see Silbury Hill, a huge man-made chalk mound near Avebury. It is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe and one of the world's largest. Composed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/07/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel

 

Ancient Britain: White Horses

            Leaving Stonehenge, our drive continued on through the lovely Wiltshire countryside towards nearby Avebury, with a few quick highlights along the way. A very quick sighting was of a White Horse, a chalk hill figure. My... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/07/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, History, Travel

 

Ancient Britain: Stonehenge

                        The high point of our guided tour of some of Britain's ancient sites has to be Stonehenge. It is so well known, researched and written about that I won't even try to touch... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel

 

Ancient Britain: flint

                Odd title, I know. One of the very interesting tidbits of knowledge passed on by our tour guide was that the Wiltshire region of England, home of the ancient sites we visited on our tour,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/07/2009 | 19 comments
themes: History, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

Ancient Britain: Old Sarum

After visiting Salisbury on the first stop of a guided day tour to several ancient sites of Britain, we moved on to nearby Old Sarum. This hilltop is surrounded by banks and ditches with layers of 5,000 years of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/07/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel

 

Ancient Britain: Salisbury

A highlight of our trip to the UK was a guided day tour to the ancient sites of Salisbury, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, West Kennet, Silbury Hill and Avebury. I don't usually link to commercial sites but this tour pleased us... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/06/2009 | 21 comments
themes: Culture, History, Travel

 

Anna, Courtauld, Westminster

        The day after our outing to Brighton, husband and I headed into central London and Somerset House (house? it's a palace!). Here we were to meet long-time blog-friend Anna of Self-Winding who was coming in from Norfolk to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/06/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Culture, Travel

 

Brighton's roofs: details

                        Some closer shots of Brighton's fascinating roof panorama and some of its wild life. The seagull nest attracted me, and soon the watchful seagull came closer... in warning or in friendly interest? Note the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2009 | be the first to comment
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

Brighton's roofs

                    Lunch in Brighton was in a lively large Italian restaurant. We were seated upstairs in a bright room next to large windows that looked out onto rooftops. The roofs and chimney pots in London... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/06/2009 | 7 comments
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

visiting Brighton

After our weekend in Birmingham, already the next day we were off on another train trip with our daughter's family, this time for a day trip to Brighton. Our son-in-law had accepted a long-standing invitation from a cousin whom he'd... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Culture, Other artists, Travel

 

visiting Birmingham (UK)

I'm falling behind in reporting on our trip to London and a bit beyond and to Paris. I've been so busy gardening and watering that by the end of each incredibly warm day I'm too tired and hot to think,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/06/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

London: details #3

                Continuing my photo series of details that caught my eye in London... The earlier ones are here and here. More still to come. UPDATE: details #4... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/06/2009 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

London: British Museum

    The day after the art-filled visit with Natalie, and feeling a bit more confident with the transit system, my husband and I ventured out on our own on the double-decker bus. We sat up on top, front row and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/06/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel

 

London: blogger meetups

(left to right: Jean, Lady Penelope, yours truly, Stuart, Natalie and Dick) I was very excited to meet a few blogger friends while visiting the UK. The very first meeting, only two days after arriving in London, was with... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/06/2009 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Travel

 

London: Tube, Piccadilly & more

    Enough relaxing around Muswell Hill! Later that day, our son-in-law announced that we are all going into central London to the Apple store then dinner to his favourite restaurant in his favourite part of the city. That was our... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/05/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

London: details #2

                When I did take photographs, it seemed to be mostly when I was captivated by interesting or unusual details. In London's Muswell Hill neighbourhood, I was amazed at the great variety of utility covers underfoot... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/05/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

London: Muswell Hill

    After a long overseas flight, it's wonderful to have family welcome us into their home and let us gradually acclimate to the new surroundings. As I mentioned before, our middle daughter, British son-in-law and their two little girls... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/05/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, Travel

 

home again

    My apologies for being so silent for the past month, even now that we are at home after our three-and-a-half-week trip to the UK and Paris. My good intentions of blogging frequently did not happen and I often... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/05/2009 | 23 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Travel

 

Paris: details

    Throughout our trip to London, a few parts of England and now Paris, I've been constantly looking, seeing, feeling, soaking in everything and letting my husband do most of the photography. Now and then I feel the urge... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/05/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

London: details

        See also: London: details #2 London: details #3... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/05/2009 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Travel, Urban

 

travel update

Time for a quick travel update while we're having a much-needed restful pause here in London at our daughter's home. We've seen and experienced so much around here as well as trips to Birmingham, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells and several... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/05/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Travel

 

travel bug

    Oh, I've had no time to blog! Instead I've been: - printing itinerary, packing lists, maps, addresses - transferring some of my files to husband's MacBook so that I can keep 'connected' - shopping for gifts, special requests,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/04/2009 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Travel

 

Tallinn

Continuing the story about our travels in conjuction with our Traces exhibition in Vaasa... Leaving Helsinki, a fast ferry ride across the Gulf of Finland took us to Tallinn, Estonia with its fascinating medieval walled old town, surrounded by... [Continue Reading...]

Helsinki

Continuing the story about our travels in conjuction with our Traces exhibition in Vaasa... After Vaasa and Turku, came the beautiful capital city Helsinki, full of interesting things to see. As arranged, we met printmaker Vappu Johansson, who had... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/02/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists, Travel

 

"Traces" Exhibition in Finland

In May & June 2002, I had the great pleasure of having an exhibition called Traces with friends and colleagues Bonnie Jordan and Steven Dixon at the Pohjanmaan Museum's Taidehalli in Vaasa, Finland. Please look at: TRACES, my site... [Continue Reading...]