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19 Feb 2017

San Francisco Murals +

It’s not surprising that street art thrives in a city that has long celebrated creativity, rebellion and outsiders. We visited some great murals on our last visit to The City. SF Murals 1 And here are some more murals – and one pair of legs – that stood out on our

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17 Feb 2017

Mother Nectar Mural

As you are walking down the staid, grey blocks of West Hastings – legal offices, banks, passport basements – you will be struck by unexpected colour. It is the blue, yellow, purple and green of Mother Nectar, a mural by artist Jenn Brisson. Brisson, who has also had a fruitful career in

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14 Feb 2017

Gate to the Northwest Passage

When the weather is off – too wet, too slurpy-sludge – Vancouverites get cabin fever. As soon as some sun appears, we are out in droves. One of the most popular post-lockdown walks is the seawall from Kits Pool to the Planetarium. A key marker along this gorgeous stroll is

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14 Feb 2017

Aristotle + Admiral’s Hearts

If there is one person who would appreciate our love of Valentine’s Day hearts, it’s Aristotle. ‘The seat of the soul and the control of voluntary movement – in fact, of nervous functions in general – are to be sought in the heart,’ said he. ‘ The brain is an

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10 Feb 2017

The Sun Tower

If you take the glass elevator up to the tippity-top of Harbour Tower and look east, you will quickly notice a green domed building. Architect William Tuff Whiteway’s seventeen story steel, brick and terracotta building still commands the skyline, even though it is no longer the tallest building in the British

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