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Crescent Beach, British Columbia, Canada

We never get that day in Seattle that we always say we're going to take for ourselves. This trip we only managed a few hours there to visit my friend Matt, making good the promise I made to him when he visited London with his girlfriend Siobhan earlier this year. At least we were able to enjoy a day driving through the mountains to Whistler and an evening out in Vancouver with my Dad and Colleen.

Dad, Colleen, and my step-brother Calvin

the family had a print made of the watercolour portrait my father painted of me when I was 8-years-old.
I am so happy to have a copy.

spent a family evening with my step-sister Chiara and step-brother Calvin.. told Calvin stories of the "dangerous pubs" in London which he sounded keen to experience for himself (much to his mother's consternation. ;)

We took a daytrip to Whistler, B.C. with Dad and Colleen:

Dad in Whistler, dramatic scenery

awesome playground in Whistler

unique sculptures

Shannon Falls, B.C.

mmm, telephoto lens... the crest of Shannon Falls

For my Vancouver friends: I'm in ur city takin touristy fotos.

wok squid with chilies,garlic, cilantro, ginger + half a dungeness crab at The Sandbar, Vancouver.

My dad has been getting into photography lately and unsurprisingly he excels at it as he does at anything creative he puts his heart to. The morning we flew back to London he was off to a hotel in Vancouver to photograph a charity tea with the cast of the Young & the Restless. Yes, the soap opera. How completely random and bizarre is that? I still haven't heard how it went, email me the details please Dad. :)

Leaving, as always, makes my heart heavy.

just in case there was any doubt where we were.

watching Rome on the laptop with a g&t ... gin atlantic, my kind of airline

I love you, Sinclair Island.

Airbus A330

Mt. Baker

Current Mood:
missing you already
Current Music:
Port-Royal - Anya: Sehnsucht
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On August 9th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC), dawaioser commented:
Oh wow...Whistler gets prettier every time I see additional photo's. My husband went there a few years ago on a family skiing trip and despite the cold, it looked magnificent. He said the people were incredible friendly and welcoming. I'd love to visit.
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On August 10th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It is very beautiful and in the summer it is open to mountain biking and hiking so there is plenty to do all year round. My step-uncle has a chalet there that we apparently can use for free (except cleaning costs), I would love to come back in winter and learn to ski.. never did get the opportunity to growing up. :)
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On August 9th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC), gecko_trillam commented:
hooray for touristy fotos!

holy crikey, wok squid and yumminess! (so hungry now)

and, um, your dad is really good looking! : )
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On August 10th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC), nomi replied:
the wok squid was some of the best squid I've ever eaten, very tender and flavourful. If I go back I will just order a double portion and that will satisfy me. :)

haha my dad's birthday was a few days ago so I'll make sure he reads this. ;)
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On August 9th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC), sorrento commented:
Those waterfall shots are amazing.
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On August 10th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you! It is breathtaking in person. :)
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On August 9th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC), wickenden commented:
great entry
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On August 10th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you. :)
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On August 9th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
"I'm in ur city takin touristy fotos."

does that make you the LOLbrit?
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On August 10th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I don't have my LOLbrit citizenship yet. :)
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On August 9th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC), syz commented:
Mmmm, I love Vancouver!
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On August 10th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Me too, I have never encountered a city quite like it anywhere. :)
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On August 10th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC), syz replied:
To me Vancouver feels a lot like Seattle, if Seattle were located in Europe.
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On August 9th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC), m00t commented:
I'm glad you were able to stop by, however brief. It was good to see you. I'm glad your trip went well. Your dad is looking well :)

I LessthanThree waterfalls.

I kind of miss romping around Vancouver. Sigh.
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On August 10th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It was good to see you too (and you looked dubious when I told you I'd definitely stop by! ;)

I <3 waterfalls too, in fact my middle name means "waterfall".

You should get up to Van for a weekend sometime, always good to get a change of scenery. :)
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On August 9th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC), lil_octopie commented:

i always like seeing other people's photos of the city. whistler looks pretty! (m&i were actually planning one of those getaways there in september, where you ride the train up, now i'm even more excited after seeing photos :)

hmmm food. if next time you're in town and looking to dine, drop me a call!! my favourite thing about this city is the food haha (and not those infernal glass condos...sigh)
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On August 10th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I know what you mean, I like to see people's photos of London too.. always seeing things from different perspectives. :)

Whistler was a nice place to hang out, it's completely pedestrianized so everyone can wander about relaxed.. I think more towns and city centres should be pedestrianized, it gives such a different feel to the place!

yay! thank you for the offer, I will definitely take you up on it next time (with my Dad living in Van there will be many next times! :) I'm all about the food too, but I haven't a clue where to start in Van as it's been over 10 years since I spent a significant amount of time there.

&& yeah, the condos.. they are kind of a novelty when you live around old buildings in Europe, seeing the skyscrapers in Van feels all "ooh, shiny and new!", but I can understand not liking them. I had an ex-boyfriend who lived in one of those condos in my photos and while he had a gorgeous view over the city the place felt a bit.. soulless.
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On August 9th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC), pi2 commented:
excellent photojournalism.

as a side note, i love taking photographs through the window of a plane. the landscape. the clouds. mmm
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On August 10th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you, and yes I have thousands of those window of a plane photos.. even though I have many it still doesn't stop me from taking even more. 99.9% of them will never be seen by anyone except me, but I like looking at them because it evokes the feelings and thoughts I had while travelling. :)
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On August 9th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC), juliabee commented:
Ahhh! I've always wanted to visit B.C. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

The print/painting of you as a child, is adorable!

How did the yellow pushpins & descriptions come about on the Sinclair Island photo? Did you do that yourself, or is their a website/program that does it?? I tried marking things myself on a photo recently, and it was a mess.
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On August 10th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I think B.C. is one of the most beautiful corners of the world, worth visiting!

I remember sitting for that portrait.. I was so honoured to be painted by my father. I sat very, very still for hours wanting to be the best model I could be. Then he would stop for a break and tell me to run around the house a few times. :)

The picture with the pushpins is a screencapture I took from Google Earth. If you download the program you can make markers on the map and even "travel" between them. I will warn you though, it is remarkably easy to lose hours of your day playing with it. :)

Besides marking regular photos in photoshop or another photo editing program I'm not sure how else you could do it, although if you up them to Flickr you can add notes to different segments of a photo.
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On August 10th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC), kamakhai commented:
Ha, Rogue.. I used to work for them.

Great pictures, as always.
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On August 10th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you. :)

Did you get any discounts? :) I always have some when I visit the states, they do sell it in a few speciality shops here in London, but it's very expensive due to import costs.
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On August 12th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
You're in the city of Ur? Wasn't that in Mesopotamia/Iraq? Anyway, stunning touristy photos, I especially like the one of the building reflected in the building.

And isn't it your Dad's birthday around about now? Happy birthday Jef, still my hero.

I've just got back from my cousin's wedding. One of her friends was in Rome. Don't know who he was/what he did though.

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On August 17th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Maybe Ur is the cradle of LOLcat civilization. :)

Dad's birthday was on the 8th, the same day as my grandfather's and when I was due to be born.. but of course I had to be awkward and come a week late to ruin the pattern. ;)

My Italy posts are mostly written and photos sorted, just need to get around to posting them now. I may be a bit hesitant as it's hard to completely convey how incredible it was, but I will try my best. Not sure if you're aware but Gael is living in Naples now, she has a blog at www.mentalmosaic.com which is full of her interesting insights about living there and learning to speak the language.

I may be going to a wedding in Rome next year; I imagine Italian weddings are quite the experience! :)
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On August 17th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
you might like this
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