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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 15 June 2015

Arriving in Canada

For those of you who are regular followers of my blog, you will know about my bucket list and how that became the reason for starting the blog.
#7 on my 'Around the World' section of the bucket list  was to ride on the Rockie Mountaineer train so how lucky am l to have a friend in Canada who was willing to, not only organise a trip to the Rockies for me, but also be the driver. Marilyn lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and that was where my latest adventure started a couple of weeks ago. Arriving at the airport I was greeted by this large living wall. Supposed to be the largest in North America. Not sure about that claim but it was much better to see that than the usual advertising billboards.



Edmonton is the capital of Western Alberta and is the fifth largest city in Canada with a population of over 1,300,000. Its claim to fame is the West Edmonton Mall which is the largest in North America and the 10th largest in the world.
Within the Mall there is a beach;
An Amusement Park



Skating Rink




I wasn't too happy to see this penguin being paraded through the Mall to advertise the Aquarium. And yes, before you ask it is a real penguin.













In the centre of Edmonton there are  numerous  high rise buildings but fortunately they haven't completely destroyed all their heritage buildings to make way for them.







But when the whole building couldn't be saved , at least bits and pieces have been preserved





 The City Hall






The Art Gallery

 Driving back out to the suburbs over the Saskatchewan River.



22 comments:

  1. Your are lucky to complete one of your bucket list wishes. Edmonton looks like it has a lot of attractions for the tourist. I do feel a little sorry for the penguin. Great post and images, thanks for sharing your trip! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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  2. I've never been to Edmonton, but after seeing your photos, now I want to go! A little bit closer of a trip for me. :)

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  3. Wonderful traveling with your great photos ~ am sure you are having a wonderful time!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  4. I love your post about Edmonton . My favourite photo is Town

    hal.

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  5. Never been to Edmonton but have visited Calgary and then points west. Did you get as far as Jasper National Park on this trip? Into BC at all?

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  6. It's nice to have a friend that is so generous of her time and you're enjoying your bucket list #7...and you sharing some of your trip with the great photos is fantastic.

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  7. What a terrific post about Edmonton this is indeed!! I would love to visit there, but your photos are the next best thing!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Hope you have a great new week!!

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  8. The art gallery is interesting architecture. Modern art galleries should be a bit unusual. The city looks pleasant enough. The indoor beach is funny, but I guess they do suffer extreme cold there and much living is done indoors.

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  9. Looks like a cool place to visit. I have heard the mall is spectacular!

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  10. Definitely a summer destination - winter would be extreme. I like the town hall too.

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  11. This was interesting and unique photos! Cool place indeed!

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  12. I have not heard or read too much about Edmonton. It looks like an interesting city. I am also not too wild about the penguin.

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  13. I had heard of that mall, but I have never been to Edmonton, so this post is the closest I've gotten to it. Poor penguin. :-(

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  14. ohhhhhhhhhhh...I'm looking forward to more landscapes. (Love the art gallery building too)

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  15. Boy oh boy you do get around...wonderful. Looking forward to the adventure.

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  16. The art gallery is an interesting building and I've never seen bits of old buildings preserved that way. That's quite a mall. Seems like it would take a few days to do all it has to offer.

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  17. I've never been there, but it looks like a wonderful city. That's an amazing mall!

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  18. You're certainly living your dream ... I've never been to Canada and look forward to seeing more of your pics from this pretty corner of the world.

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  19. Super to be there ... Have never been to Edmonton, lots of Canada still on my bucket list.

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  20. Your start looks wonderful ! yes, the poor penguin, and what an extraordinary architecture this Art Gallery !

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  21. from your pictures it seem to be a very interesting place. I see several intriguing buildings here. .)

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