The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities has been on my to-be-read list for awhile. Jacobs was a journalist, lobbyist, and activist from New York City. She offered innovative tactics regarding city planning. Her efforts preserved Greenwich Village and rescinded a planned expressway through Lower Manhattan. A number of topics are discussed in this book – the purpose and safety of sidewalks … Continue reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane’s Walk: Regina’s Centre Square

Previously known as the Transition Area, Centre Square is located between College Avenue and Victoria Avenue and Albert and Broad Streets just south of downtown. The current name implies its central location while the former title described the shift from single-family homes to commercial and high-density residential properties. Residences were constructed in the area after 1903. College Avenue – then 16th Avenue – was Regina’s … Continue reading Jane’s Walk: Regina’s Centre Square

Fairy Hill

Fairy Hill is a protected area north of Regina. Nature Conservancy Canada owns this 1,600 acre parcel of land. The region includes grasslands, ravines, wetlands, bush, woods, and pasture. The trail section of Fairy Hill is located just east of Highway 6 before it descends into the Qu’Appelle Valley. The lollipop trail is about six kilometres in length and is easy to moderate. It has … Continue reading Fairy Hill

Charles Bridge

Four years ago I spent Easter break in Prague. One attraction on our list was the Charles Bridge. Knowing the bridge would be busy, we planned to head there early Easter morning. We arrived at the east side of Charles Bridge just after sunrise. The bridge had only a few pedestrians carrying Easter baskets. Construction of Charles Bridge began in 1357 with the support of … Continue reading Charles Bridge

Recommended Reading

Hello readers! I have included another page, entitled Book Recommendations, on my blog. It is divided into Non-fiction, Fiction, and Biography/Memoir. My top-rated books have been added to each section. Lists will be updated as I read notable books or remember previous favourite reads. More categories maybe added in the future. Feel free to comment with books you have enjoyed or books you believe I … Continue reading Recommended Reading

Travel Bucket List – World

Welcome to another travel bucket blog! This time we will wander the globe exploring my future travel goals. New Zealand Rafting, volcanoes, canopy tours, Waitomo Caves, Maori culture Italy Lake Como, Venice, cathedrals, Cinque Terre, hiking, Rome South Korea Gyeongbokgung Palace, temples, Jeju Island, markets, Seoul Ireland Killarney National Park, museums, beer, Cliffs of Moher, castles Netherlands canals, World War 2 tours, museums, windmills, bike … Continue reading Travel Bucket List – World

Fauna of Saskatchewan 26

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Location: Wascana Lake, Regina, SK Interesting facts: Named for their ability to imitate a cat’s “mew”-like sound. Catbirds copy several other birds’ calls as well.   Catbirds eat a variety of foods including insects: moths, beetles, ants, and grasshoppers and fruit: blackberries, cherries, holly berries, and strawberries.   Nests are built in shrubs or small trees. They are constructed with mud, … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 26