Halifax Public Gardens

One last rose.

One last rose.

Looking west.

Looking west.

In the heart of downtown Halifax are the Public Gardens. Even at the end of October they were lovely; a nice place to sit and relax or enjoy what remained of the flowers and foliage.

Looking east.

Looking east.

A nice place to take your kindergarten kids for a walk even if they are dressed in their Hallowe’en costumes:

Hallowe'en Public Gardens

I waited for several minutes for the seagull to turn around and face me. It didn’t. I’m a very impatient photographer.

Live action on the fountain.

Live action on the fountain.

Time zones do not equal time zones!

Time zones do not equal time zones!

More background on Halifax here.

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Halifax in Black & White

More photos from our waterfront walk in Halifax, Nova Scotia,  in October/November 2014.

Building boom.

Building boom.

Empty docks.

Empty docks.

We thought these lamps had been damaged in a storm, until upon closer scrutiny, it appeared that they are supposed to look this way.  I would love to see what they look like at night, and what the one lying on the ground is lighting.

Fishing from the dock of the harbour.

Fishing from the dock of the harbour.

This time of year almost all the boat/ship traffic is over, except the Dartmouth ferries and one or two more cruise ships that were due in the first week of November.

Under repair.

Under repair.

The sidewalk art, and the crow, were near Pier 21.

Halifax Autumn

Friendly crow.

Friendly crow.

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Quebec City and Levis

For our visit to Quebec City, we stayed in Levis and rode the ferry. The only photos I took in Levis were the night time ones of Quebec across the water.

This is what Levis looks like from the Quebec Citadel, and from the ferry…

Quebec City September

Quebec City September

Quebec City September

And here are a few last shots from Quebec City…

Presbytere St-Dominique is at 175 Grande Allée Ouest just around the corner from the Quebec Museum of Art

Quebec City September

Quebec City September

These are details of  buildings in the heart of the city; very Art Deco.

A sign seems to have been removed from the first one…

Quebec City September

The Quebec flag flies prominently and proudly over this portal.

Quebec City September

South China

Disclosure: the photo quality in this post is awful..

Pose for the Canadian tourists.

Pose for the Canadian tourists.

During our morning visit to the Chen Family Ancestral Temple, two lovely Chinese ladies desperately wanted their photo taken with our oldest tour member, a cheerful 82 year old man. (This happened frequently!) They also wanted him to have the pictures, so I took the photos with their camera, they emailed them to me (good reason for carrying business cards), and I then forwarded them to him. In the process, I took a portrait of them.

We had lunch in Guangzhou (Canton). The menu looks like neither a Cantonese restaurant in Canada nor what we were served as part of a bus-tour group. Both of the latter probably dumbed down for a western palate.

Menu items in Guangzhou (Canton)

Menu items in Guangzhou (Canton)

Leaving the restaurant and returning to the buses we passed a line of police motorcycles parked in the lane usually used by scooters and motorcycles in larger cities. I doubt that any rider was about to protest that they couldn’t use the lane.

Tour buses, two narrow sidewalks and police motorcycles.

Tour buses, two narrow sidewalks and police motorcycles.

After boarding the bus we drove from Guangzhou to Zhongshan to spend the night.

I snapped a few shots from the bus window as this was our first glimpse of south China’s intensive food growing. The last photo is pretty fuzzy but appears to be fish ponds inhabited by ducks. Two protein crops in one pond. I could be wrong and would love to be corrected.

Another impressive bridge.

Another impressive bridge.

Acres and acres of roadside aquaculture.

Acres and acres of roadside aquaculture.

Intensive protein farming

Intensive protein farming

Zhongshan proved to be a jumping off point for Macau but otherwise, as the next couple of Chinese posts will show, it was a quiet riverside location with unremarkable architecture but with some great opportunities for street photography. (We weren’t shown any must-see tourist attractions!)

Next Chinese post: Riverside Zhongshan.

The Tourists of Guilin

Ride the stone elephant near Elephant Trunk Hill.

Ride the stone elephant near Elephant Trunk Hill.

Would you be hanging about this park with all its tourists if you lived here?  Though it was beautiful, clean, well maintained and cooler than the centre of a city, you’d probably wait until after the crowds had subsided.

I cringe when I look at this photo, as I was doing when trying not to think of this toddler crashing off the statue.

I cringe when I look at this photo, and I was cringing as I took the photo hoping not to see the toddler crashing off the statue.

This toddler is also having fun, but safely.

This toddler is also having fun, but safely.

It was quite hot, so lots of folks were wading in the river.

The family that wades together, gets sick together?

The family that wades together, gets sick together?

A close up of the previous group.  I had visions of them all falling down together.

A close up of the previous group. I had visions of them all falling down together.

They were renting costumes (I did’t notice any for boys). We had seen this before in Beijing in the Forbidden City.

Guilin people-9931

And finally today, another interesting English translation of a sign. Actually the graphic says it all without the need for either language.

Please notice the punctuation. Two commas, an exclamation mark and a period. I didn't realize they used punctuation in China!

Please notice the punctuation. Two commas, an exclamation mark and a period. I didn’t realize they used punctuation in China!

If I seem a bit jaded today it’s because it’s beautiful outside but I’ve been on my computer all day doing various tasks for the organizations I’m involved with, and adding blog posts for future use.

Next post: Night time in Guilin.

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill.

Elephant Trunk Hill.

After two nights in Yangshuo we bussed back to Guilin for a relaxing walk around the waterfront park with its elephant trunk hill. Guilin – probably because it has an airport – is the home base for touring the Li River, though Yangshuo is where my tour was centred.

Around the corner from the  elephant trunk.

Around the corner from the elephant trunk.

An overview of the area around the park and hill.

An overview of the area around the park and hill.

Graceful arched bridge.

Graceful arched bridge.

Fellow travellers waving from the bridge.

Fellow travellers waving from the bridge.

Next Post: More from the waterfront park in Guilin – street photography.

Li River – Tourism

Waiting for the next tour group.

Waiting for the next tour group.

Taking foreign and Chinese tourists on the lovely River Li is a booming business for the town of Yangshuo and the neighbouring city of Guilin; the name of Guilin is probably more familiar to westerners than Yangshuo. Our boat was bigger (and uglier) than the colourful boats pictured here. There were about 40 of us (a combination of buses 2 and 3 from the Sinorama 21-day tours) so the smaller boats would not have been big enough.

Looking back towards the village of Yangshuo.

Looking back towards the village of Yangshuo.

Chinese tourists always waved at us.

Chinese tourists always waved at us.

A private boat, and photographer.

A private boat, and photographer.

Some boats put in to shop at vendors on the riverside. Ours did not!

Some boats put in to shop at vendors on the riverside. Ours did not!