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We arrived back in the UK to the sight of Manchester at its most miserable. Foggy, damp, dark, cold, depressing Manchester. After the beauty of Canada what could be more of a contrast? Despite the English weather being against us we got back to our house in good time and safely, thank God.
All of us had a great time in Calgary and Banff and it was lovely to meet up with Mary, Marian, Joe, Christine and Stacey.
As I type this I am just uploading the last set of pictures, the last days in Calgary and Christmas morning.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Todays excursion was Lake Louise. It was as lovely in winter as it is in summer, perhaps more so.
It was my first experience of standing on a lake. Weird stuff. Damian as always was that bit more bold and walked right out into the middle, Clare, Amy and I hung back to where people were ice skating and investigated the snow castle.
Amy loved sliding up and down and playing in the snow. Banff is a magical place, it really is.
I can finally talk about the tool I was testing!
Seems like people are enjoying it
We even got scoblelized
So how good is it? It’s good enough to get me to switch to firefox. Me … a dedicated Microsoft fan! Sorry Bill, please forgive me 😉
Downtown I have a love-hate thing with. I am never particularly enamoured with the “grittier” aspects of cities. Tramps, hobos, winos, druggies, drunks, beggars .. I can live without them. I feel for the people, especially in these sub zero temperatures, but they make me nervous and uncomfortable. I can be nervous and uncomfortable without much provocation so I would rather not be while on holiday. Calgary is up there with my favourite downtowns though. I would much more happily walk around Calgary center than I would, say, Manchester in England. And there is much good in Calgary too.
The C Train is brilliant. Seems to run pretty much regularly, is free within the blocks I am interested in and is quick. We picked up a bunch of official winter olympics merchandise. We always like to buy one or two pieces of tat with the name of the place we visited on. This was pretty nice ski clothing tat. Lovely.
After our shopping trip it was the scenic drive to Banff where we will be for the next few days. If you have never seen the rockies then you are missing out bigstyle. Pictures do not do it justice so you will just have to put up with these below and trust me, Banff is out of this world.
This is my second time writing this, bloody dodgy connection. I shouldn’t really complain, I am stealing the connection from some unsuspecting hotel guest. Chris’ top tip: the wifi point with the name “default” is usually a good bet as unsecured.
The hotel has got a funky power socket based network but the kit they gave me wouldn’t work so I went hunting for wifi. This guys wifi has a low signal but it ought to be sufficient, we travel to Banff today so no point in messing around too much. Hope the hotel in Banff has better internet access, I still have work to do this week!
So yeah, We landed safely in Cowtown, everyone can stop worrying! Sheesh, you would have thought we
were going to Antartica the way people were talking. It was -13c when we arrived and by time we had picked up hire car, got freshened up, etc it was -16c as we were driving down Mcloud Trail to Chinook center. Even Amy said it wasn’t too cold. See they don’t have the damp we have at home so even though temperatures are way lower it doesn’t feel that way.
Amy is hoping to Ice Skate With Santa at lake louise later, should be fun if we manage it.
Until next time!
My new digital camera and photography blog is up, please take a look. It’s called DSLRBlog.com and is a multiblog. This basically means me and a bunch of friends will blog on photography topics. We are all wannabe photographers so will be focussing on digital photography using SLR cameras and various lenses etc (hence “DSLR”).
Let me know what you think, expect to see a lot from Damian and I as we are off to Canada in mere hours!