13 Aug 2017

Copenhagen + HCA

Hans Christian Andersen – creator of The Ugly Duckling, Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Snow Queen, inspiration for Frozen – is the pride of Denmark. He was born 1805 in Odense to a washerwoman mother and a shoemaker dad. Andersen died on August 4th, 1875 in Copenhagen.

08 Aug 2017

Stockholm Selfies

Stockholm is such a photogenic city, it’s not surprising to see people taking selfies at every turn. It’s fitting that Sweden’s National Museum, headquartered in Stockholm, has curated Selfies. Now and Then from its collection. A selfie, they argue, is a natural descendent of the self-portrait. Artists, like Rembrandt, painted

06 Aug 2017

Beautiful Leikanger

As we traveled around Norway, we were thrilled to discover the most beautiful little fjord-side town: Leikanger. With its population of just over 2,000, Leikanger is nestled beside Norway’s famous Sognefjorden, the third longest fjord in the world. As you walk along the quiet lane-like roads, you’ll see white houses and abundant fruit

16 Jul 2017

London Calling

With its resilience of spirit, historic charms and cultural vibrancy, London is still teeming with visitors, eager to experience as much as they can in the allotted days. The rigorously trained cabbies take shortcuts that actually work. One friendly chap was fresh from congratulating a friend who had finally passed

21 May 2017

Sunny Island Markets

The sun is out, the people of BC are on the move and island artisans, chefs and potion-makers are greeting them at markets all over the province. Saturday of the May Long Weekend was opening day for the Gabriola Island Market. 2017 brings an enthusiastic group with lots of Gabriola favourites along

09 May 2017

Sunday @ SAM

In Vancouver, we are lucky to be able to pop down to Seattle – by car, by train – for the weekend. The Seattle Art Museum is a must-visit, with its striking range of exhibits. Some of the wonderful modern and contemporary works we saw this last weekend: Willem de Kooning. Woman.1943

09 May 2017

Watson Kennedy

If you want to see a beautifully curated space, filled with unique finds and the work of local artists, check out Watson Kennedy, on First Avenue, down from the Seattle Art Museum. It’s one of those places where you need multiple rounds to check out all of the different vignettes. The

09 May 2017

I Love Lucy Chocolates

Do you remember the scene where Lucille Ball and her best friend Ethel Mae Mertz are at the chocolate factory trying to eat their way through a conveyor belt gone mad? Job Switching, the original episode, aired in 1952. Yet kids whose parents weren’t even born then have seen the GIFs and video. To

18 Apr 2017

Feast Tofino

Tofino is one of those places that beckons you back. First, there are the infinite beaches –  dramatic in winter, playland in summer. Surf, swim, walk or sit, you won’t be bored. Then, there are the forest hikes, the ocean adventures, the artists and the innovative, fresh food. If you are thinking

09 Apr 2017

Creative Cities US

Which cities in the US do you consider to be particularly rich in the arts? Visual Capitalist, a Vancouver digital media company, worked with Homes to develop a Creative City Index to analyze just that question. In their overall results, New York placed first, with San Francisco, Seattle, LA and