Writing 101: NonFiction – A Hopeful Trip to Vancouver. #everydayinspiration #amwriting


Today’s Writing 101 prompt has to do with maps, picking a location and writing about it.

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Downtown, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Google Maps

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I would like to have a little vacation this summer. I want to spend a week at most, in Vancouver, BC. My plan is to use airmiles for two plane tickets and book an apartment through AirBnB, to share with my brother located in downtown Vancouver.

 I have to do more research for this trip. I wanted to see if I could get flights to Vancouver first but the airmiles website is being difficult and it’s not showing any available flights to Vancouver. What good is saving up your airmiles if you can’t use them when you would like to? I have looked at booking flights without airmiles and there are a ton of flights flying back and forth daily from Edmonton to Vancouver and vice versa, so there is no reason I shouldn’t be able to buy a flight using airmiles.

I’m also searching for a few activities to do in Vancouver. Since the Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver not so long ago, I would like to see the Olympic torch. I want to shop in Vancouver and I would like to go to Stanley Park and Granville island.  I would also like to visit a pub or two and see something at a local gallery or museum. If I can get out to a beach near Vancouver, that would be great as well. Most places I can take the train to and from and I believe there is a bus you can buy a two-day pass to and use it to see the tourist destinations in Vancouver. 

I’v been to Victoria on Vancouver Island, but never the city of Vancouver itself so I’m excited to check the city out. Hopefully, I’m able to plan the trip for some time soon. Thanks for reading.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

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Poem: Wrapped Refrain – “Vacation At Home”


Thanks to The Daily Post for the word prompt price.

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http://www.howstuffworks.com
 

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Buying groceries we often sigh,

Over price paid for our food –cry

Economy not in the right place yet,

Paid eight bucks, cauliflower? Regret.

Have to eat, we purchase food that is good for us,

Fruits, veggies, crisp and delicious, at a high price plus —

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The dollar is low, the US dollar,

Is overvalued, we holler.

But can’t do much, but vacation,

In Canada, our home, elation,

Rocky Mountains, hiking trails, walking,

On a sandy beach, into water, both talking,

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Family or friends with us, happiness,

Summer is on it’s way, sunniness,

Thinking about Montreal,

French culture, Quebec City feel,

Home is the best place to take a vacation in,

Golfing in BC, music festivities, diving in,

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The price we pay to visit the states,

Stretches budgets here, so wait,

We won’t be visiting Vegas,

Engrossed in what, Canada has,

Hundreds of years-old culture, freedom, pristine,

Unique, brilliant, festivity; home, nature gleams.

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Not ashamed, not to pay the price,

Worlds experienced at lower price,

I’ve sunsets to wander at, to love,

I’ve people to see whom I also love,

The world in our own back yard awaits, our history,

Buying groceries, shopping, the unknown; much mystery.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

Writing 101: Day 2 – Art, Architecture, and Furniture until WWI. 


Prompt: Write a list. 

There is art, architecture, and furniture in every century, starting with originals and going to copies of former eras with some new ideas thrown in:

We start with ancient Egypt in in 2490 BC Menkaure and Queen, Old Kingdom standards of proportions for the human body.

Then we go to Greece in 360 BC – Marble grave Stele with a family group, family was important too in Ancient Greece. 

Followed by the Etruscans who carved their tombs to look like rooms, so the dead were comfortable, in 3rd. Century BC

The Romans conquered most of them and built in 70 to 80 BC The Flavian Amphitheatre. What you know today as the colosseum in Rome.

Then art sat on the back burner and society crumbled in the Middle Ages, but not completely – there is The Throne of Maximian in 545 AD.

But Chartes Cathderale en Paris, was built in the Gothic style to reach the heavens and  in 1194 AD  helped give birth to the Renaissance in Italy. 

The Renaissance looked back on Ancient Greece and Rome, see Michelangelo’s David in 1501 Land Pieta in 1500. 

Then came Baroque – The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa in 1647 and the Roccoco chairs of Thomas Chippendale around 1772.

In Neoclassical art we have Antonio Canova’s Cupid and Psyche in 1787, and Jacques Louis David at the Coronation of Napoleon, painted in empire style in 1804.

Then in Victorian Historical there was the Crystal Palace in 1851, and Gothic Revival Furniture in the late 1800’s.

Arts and Crafts, began a resistance to the industrial revolution, and Heywood Wakefield Chairs in Late Victorian era, were made of wicker in the early 1900’s.

The Shaker furniture with it’s simple lines began in 1850, a Arts and Crafts design, and Phillip Webb and William Morris designed the Red House in 1859.

Early Modern architecture was started by Frank Lloyd Wright who in 1910 completed the Robie House, his finest work, the modern bungalow. 

Art Noveau became a thing with Victor Horta and the winding Staircase of Tassel House in 1892 and Art Deco was realized by Emile – Jacques – Ruhlmun in The David- Weill Desk in 1918.

There’s still a ways to go, I haven’t got that far. Past WWI, art, architecture, and  furniture, continue ever changing, becoming more complicated, and looking back at once was as an ideal, and incorporating both human skills and industrialization.