“Pic of the Week”, April 26, 2019: Downtown Calgary

Returning to Calgary from Whitehorse (17)

I’ve always thought Calgary had a pretty skyline — and I’m not alone in that opinion as it’s been featured in several movies.  Rising from the prairies, a modern city that seems to be optimistic about its future.

Downtown Calgary is about 12 miles southwest of Calgary International Airport, so  you often see it as you fly into the city.  Usually it’s too dark or I’m sitting on the wrong side of the plane or there’s some other reason not to pull out my cell phone and snap some photos, but recently the conditions were perfect.

My plane approached downtown from the west, looped south of downtown, then to the east and north up to the airport.  From my seat in the …

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Weekend escape to Portland!

Weekend escape to Portland!

Portland, Oregon, is one of our favorite destinations for a weekend getaway.  It is not a large city, but big enough for our tastes and is beautiful and vibrant.

Portland has a highly functional Metro, and its easy and cheap (just over $2) to get into the heart of the city directly from PDX airport.  The airport is modern and very functional, and highlights Oregon’s fine restaurants and shops; if you have to linger here for a few hours you can easily spend the time windowshopping or enjoying a coffee and pastry.

There are a great assortment of accomodations in the city, including a variety of quaint older hotels.  In Portland we generally stay at the downtown Marriott, which we prefer because of its central location, access to the …

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