Tuesday, November 28

self portrait challenge ~ glam

boho tomboy, canon digital rebel xt

Canadian tomboy glam, that is! Find other glam gals & boys here.

So, we returned home a day later than expected from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada due to a surprising snow storm. It was unexpected by all...even the weather darlings on the news. It typically snows in Victoria around late January and February and when it does snow, it is very light and rarely stays too long on the ground.

To everyone's surprise and my giddy excitement, snow began to lightly tickle our noses on Saturday, although it was not sticking on the ground. Then we woke up Sunday morning to a thick white blanket all across downtown and thick snowflakes blowing around in an almost blizzardly way.

We stayed up in this third floor loft style hotel room where we had 4 large windows that looked over downtown. It was a morning treat to sit up on the window sill and watch the world below. This particular morning it was quiet. The locals were not used to this much snowfall so quickly, so they stayed bundled up in their homes near the fireplace. In fact, the town only has one snow plow, so the streets were covered in slippery ice puffs.

Carsten growing up in Canada in the parts where it snows constant for months, was used to such things. Me, on the other hand, growing up near San Francisco, had to drive hours to play in the snow and even then, it was still sunny and warm compared to this. I felt like a little girl squealing and throwing my head back to taste it.

Our time together was dreamy. We spent many hours walking arm in arm around downtown, which is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We went to pubs, the museum and tested a few organic restaurants. We were happy that this little city catered to our healthy eating habits and diets with wheat and gluten free deli's, grocery stores and restaurants! They even had brown rice pizza crust at a cool pizza joint. You should have seen my face when we read painted on their window "gluten free pizzas!". Hello drool.

There was a day when we traveled 30 minutes into the mountains covered with tall trees and sparkling lakes. Victoria is now my favorite place on earth. It is a darling, funky city rich in culture and less than 30 minutes away from the splendor of nature. Not to mention that Canadians have proven to be the kindest, most considerate people...even the teenagers!

Here are a few photographs from our time together:

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boho eating snow, canon digital rebel xt

bastion square, canon digital rebel xt

market square, canon digital rebel xt

the empress hotel, canon digital rebel xt

boho boy, canon digital rebel xt

downtown victoria, canon digital rebel xt

the empress hotel with snow, canon digital rebel xt

our hotel, canon digital rebel xt

boho boy reading on our window sill,
canon digital rebel xt

boho boy walking in alley, canon digital rebel xt

the boho's, canon digital rebel xt

more soon...


Blogger Susannah Conway said...

you're back! it looks like you guys went back in time to the most quaint place on earth - absolutely gorgeous :-) and that picture of you in the snow made me chuckle - you gotta come over here when it snows, you'd love it MB... missed you so much i can't tell you xox

November 28, 2006 at 11:40:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you had the chance to visit that part of Canada. It's the best! We live close to the canadian border so frequent our neighbors a lot. We live on the eastern side though, but Victoria is fantastic. My Matt used to play baseball on a canadian team, so we traveled all around there. Happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves!

November 28, 2006 at 1:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Now I really want to go. And we've just decided to head south for our next vacation. Maybe the next year we'll go to Victoria. Glad you had a wonderful and relaxing time. And it even snowed for you!

November 28, 2006 at 1:14:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - the photos are fabulous. The snow must have put you in a festive mood!!!


November 28, 2006 at 1:33:00 PM PST  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

its been just over a year since i've been to victoria ~ so love it there : )

looks like you had a marvelous time and i love that photo of you in the snow and your boho boy reading - thanks for sharing your lovely photos ...

November 28, 2006 at 1:38:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved reading this and seeing your pics.
My husband & I honeymooned in Port Townsend & Victoria 9 years ago.. it's funny, but your pics of Victoria are all taken in EXACTLY the same places and at nearly the same angles as ours.
Even down to your hotel pic and alley pic..what a small world!
Brought back lots of yummy memories...
I also love how progressive their food choices are!

November 28, 2006 at 1:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger bronxbt said...

gorgeous pics. i like you in the first one, and actually boho boy reading the book in the window...

totally cooh.

sounds like you had mah'velous time. SO good to hear.

we got BLASTED with a freak 8" of snow which has now been reduced to icy roads of death... so we're allll being slow motion and paranoid around here.

be safe!


November 28, 2006 at 1:41:00 PM PST  
Blogger Deb R said...

What gorgeous photos!

I especially like the one of you catching snowflakes on your tongue.

November 28, 2006 at 2:04:00 PM PST  
Blogger Darlene said...

Too cute den ;)
What a fabulously gorgeous place!!!
No, you can't move there...

I think my fav. picture is the last one...Big boho boy and teeny tiny little boho girl...just adorable looking all bundled up in one of your FuNkY coats :)

Mmmmmm I miss you more now! :(

love you a ton sissy,
b/sis xxx dar

November 28, 2006 at 2:37:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhh... loving the pictures!!!!
- boho eating snow is priceless!

Such a beautiful place girl, I'm so happy you two had a wonderful, romantic time.

So glad you're back, too!!!!!

November 28, 2006 at 3:17:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former resident of Victoria, I can say I wish I was back there. Living in Brandon,MB now and for the last 3 days its been INSAELY stormy here. Snow is not a favourite thing around here even if it is normal.

I like snow at christmas time, other then that it can go the way of the Dotto

November 28, 2006 at 5:22:00 PM PST  
Blogger madd said...

What happy pictures..I am so glad that you had such a good time, esp with the added treat of the snow storm..not unexpected though, it was a special surprise just for you guys from Mother Nature..that's why the weather guys didn't know..would have ruined the surprise...take care..m

November 28, 2006 at 5:49:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like it is the perfect place for you both!

I love Victoria and hope to move there someday. I always enjoy coming here to read you.

November 28, 2006 at 5:57:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Rebar. Their food is so yummy. Do you have their cookbook. It is filled with many of the same fantastic receipes that are found in the Restaurant. I'm glad that you had such a good holiday. The hotel with loft rooms sounds great. I am planning a trip to Victoria in the new year and think it sounds like my kind of place to stay. Can I ask the name of the hotel? It would be much appreciated.

I hear that they have a really good bookstore that I want to check out (Munro Books). Have you had a chance to check it out and if so what did you think? I like all the pictures...especially the one with you wearing the hat with the Canadian flag.



November 28, 2006 at 8:30:00 PM PST  
Blogger boho girl said...

Hello Chalaundrai!

Yes...Munro Books is a wonderful book store. We actually stumbled upon quite a few independant book stores that rocked our world.

We stayed at Swans Hotel right in downtown:


We did see Rebar's cookbook at one of the book stores and I definetly am putting that on my Christmas wish list!

Do go to Victoria...you won't want to come home.


November 28, 2006 at 8:34:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! It looks like you two had an awesome time! And you even got to see the snow!

November 28, 2006 at 8:42:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like a totally magical time away honey...

when are you gorgeouses moving there mmmmmmmmm?

*big wink*

(i have a brilliant memory for keeping people's dreams)

so perfect that they have the places there too to fit with your lifestyle :)

and seriously... empress hotel? that has to be the most perfect name for a place... it gives this beautiful impression of a regal old lady holding the people in it safe in its tender warm stone arms...

in love and light,

p.s. this message just came to me as i read your post "just fall in love. just allow yourself to fall in love." hee hee!

November 28, 2006 at 9:01:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are too cute. simply too cute. i'm glad you had a wonderful time.

November 28, 2006 at 9:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger kelly rae said...

love it. love the snow. i love victoria! i have to ask how you get the great borders around your photos? please tell!

November 28, 2006 at 9:24:00 PM PST  
Blogger liz elayne lamoreux said...

beautiful photos...looks like you guys had an incredible time. jon and i keep talking about getting up there to that incredible place...
(glad you are back safe and sound!)

November 28, 2006 at 10:11:00 PM PST  
Blogger Viking Womyn said...

I like ''TomboyGurl'' pic!..heehehee!!

These are very vivid pictures!

great shots of... 'HuNKOfAMan'!

Lookin Gorga~lishous Lynnette!
woohoo!.......Lookin happy on the inside too...


Like my Elk Pet?


November 28, 2006 at 11:10:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these photos make me want to run around in the snow and drink hot cocoa and snuggle with a boy. glad you're back! xo

November 28, 2006 at 11:44:00 PM PST  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i'm so happy that you had a great time
and that you had a good
experience with us canadians...

great photos!

November 29, 2006 at 5:14:00 AM PST  
Blogger Wendy said...

Glad to see you back! Love the photo of you in the snow, what a feeling of joy it brings up in me. I rarely comment on your blog, but I'm a long time faithful reader. :-) Why am I commenting today? Because I'm tagging you to share 5 things we don't know about you. Aren't you pleased? hehe

You can read my 5 things here:

November 29, 2006 at 8:31:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sounds like you and boho boy had a wonderful, and well deserved trip. I love the picture you in the snow ~ so carefree!

For me, I always feel the most beauiful when the mr. and I get away and it's just us in our own little world.

November 29, 2006 at 9:00:00 AM PST  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

i'm in love with the pic of you eating snow. you always remind me to open my heart to life and to delight in the small (and large) things. thank you for that...

November 29, 2006 at 9:44:00 AM PST  
Blogger Sarah .B. Scott said...

I love your photography, it has such a wonderful mood. It always reminds me of autumn, the warmth in it!

I started a new blog and added a link here. My links section is currently woefully short, will take a while to build that back up. I turn 30 at the end of December and I plan to gift myself with one of our necklaces! I am still trying to decide which one!

November 29, 2006 at 11:23:00 AM PST  
Blogger Sarah .B. Scott said...

OOPS, I meant your necklaces, but I guess once I buy one it will be "ours" ;)

November 29, 2006 at 11:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger Georgia said...

Yay!!! You're back you're back!!! Now I can come feast upon your beautiful images and delicious words again :)

I absolutely LOVE 'Boho eating snow' it is my favorite picture of you I have seen yet. it made me giddy to go see the snow in Utah for Christmas... I am going to have to scrounge up some warm clothes all I have is a couple scarves I knitted...


November 29, 2006 at 12:55:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very happy that you and C had such a wonderful time. It looks like a truly magical place. And so much SNOW!!!! What a treat. Welcome home beautiful.


November 29, 2006 at 10:09:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That first shot of you is priceless.

November 30, 2006 at 2:40:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the maple leaf hat. i think they ought to use you in their tourism promo ads! and the photos of Victoria are awesome. never knew i wanted to go there until now!

December 6, 2006 at 10:51:00 AM PST  
Blogger Admin said...

lots of my friends live there. lovely place!

December 6, 2006 at 10:11:00 PM PST  

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