More from Montréal. Something about this scene appealed to me - the windows with those flower boxes and the woman standing there. And I also love that the stop signs in Quebec are arret signs! They don't even have those in France; they definitely brought a smile to my face. Photo taken in July 2013. For more signs, visit Signs, Signs.
I found these playful figures in this small fountain very appealing. The work is entitled Hommage à Marguerite Bourgeoys. She was apparently one of the important pioneers in the development of the city of Montréal. She especially championed the idea of education for girls. I can definitely stand behind that! Photo taken in July 2013.
This pair of musicians took advantage of a street piano in Montreal to give an impromptu concert. They were quite talented and they drew quite a little crowd. It's nice to have opportunities like this to bring people together in big cities. Photo taken in July 2013.
Montreal was filled with fascinating murals. Here's another one which I have entitled "The Cock and the Pirate Ship." Feel free to make of it what you will, I'm getting Portuguese vibe though. For more murals, check out Monday Mural. Photo taken in July 2013.
If you're looking for a place to spend eternity, there are several openings here at Mount Royal Cemetery! These stones are lined up and waiting for new tenants. I do like they way they are so shiny - the green grass is nicely reflected, but I hope someone will plant some flowers once these graves are in use. The weekend is here, for more reflections take a look at Weekend Reflections. Photo taken in July 2013.
A family from the Netherlands who came to Canada in the 1950s dedicated this memorial to all other Canadian immigrants who arrived in this country on a quests for "distant horizons, diverse possibilities and searching for the self". Photo taken in July 2013.
I was surprised to find quite a few Simpson graves in the Mount Royal Cemetery. It certainly isn't a very French-sounding name! In any case, I definitely liked the look of the pensive lady and the way the name stands out. Hope you are enjoying this tour of the cemetery, for more cemetery shots, visit Taphophile Tragics. Photo taken in July 2013.
No trip up the Royal Mount would be complete without a visit to the cemetery. It is said that some famous people are buried here - I didn't find any of them! But I'll show you what I did find in my tour of the cemetery this week. Photo taken in July 2013.
A final look at the Royal Mount. This plaza stretches out in front of the chalet and you can get some great vista shots from the railing. I miss Montreal already! For more skies take a look at Skywatch. Photo taken in July 2013.
This fantastic chalet awaits visitors at the top of the Mount Royal. There is a welcome center inside where you can get maps of the mount and all the walking trails.
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to do one of the hikes, but I certainly enjoyed the architecture and design of the chalet. I don't know what it's original use was, but it certainly is grand! Photo taken in July 2013.
Here's the main attraction atop the royal mount for which Montreal is named! I'm sure this big cross looks more impressive at night, but I never made it back in the evening to see. Photo taken in July 2013.
My time in Canada is quickly coming to an end, so I've been trying to squeeze in all the trips I can before leaving. The first leg of my Farewell Canada tour was Montreal. I spent a long weekend there back in July. I found this interesting mural just off Saint Laurent Boulevard. It must have taken quite some work to paint such a large wall! For more murals, take a look at Mural Monday. Photo taken in July 2013.
A look at the actual structure of Talesin West. Wright did a wonderful job of integrating the natural landscape into his buildings. If you're ever in the Phoenix area, it's definitely worth it to take one of the tours of this architectural gem. Photo taken in February 2013. For more red, take a look at Ruby Tuesday.
While on the tour of Talesin West, our guide explained that Frank Llyod Wright's architectural vision was for what was manmade to harmonize with its natural surroundings. Wright loved to used stones and boulders he found in the desert as part of his work such as this one with ancient Native American drawings on it. Photo taken in February 2012. For more murals, take a look at Monday Murals.
I found these beautiful blooms at the Frank Llyod Wright Institute in Phoenix - Taliesin West. I had a wonderful time touring the property - and I'll have more shots for you later this week! Until then, catch more red on Ruby Tuesday. Photo taken in February 2013.
There is a part of town in Phoenix that is covered with Mexican-themed murals. I spent a little time shooting there during my recent trip to Arizona. I really liked this mural especially, maybe it's the girlie-morbidism that I find appealing or perhaps it's the color. For more murals, take a look at Monday Murals. Photo taken in February 2013.
I was happy to find the winter break hasn't affected my game too much. The desert courses are fantastic, I just don't want to think of how much water they must need to maintain it. Photo taken in February 2013.
I recently spent a long weekend in Phoenix, Arizona and got lots of new shots to share on this blog. Welcome to Arizona through my eyes! For more murals, take a look at Monday Murals. Photo taken in February 2013.
These ornate doors lead you into the Berliner Dome. It's one of three magnificent "domes" in the city of Berlin. Unfortunately, I've never been inside as you have to pay an entrance fee. But I'll get there one of these days! Photo taken in December 2012.
Unfortunately, there is not much left of the actual Berlin wall, I don't think people thought about the historical significance of the barrier when it came down. In any case, here's a small piece that was on display at the Europa Center. This would have been the west side of the wall, the east side didn't have graffiti as people were unable to get close to it. Photo taken in December 2011. For more murals, take a look at Monday Mural.