Being an everyday tourist!

Have my Mom visiting which means going for nice walks everyday, sometimes twice.  I am always amazed at how every time I walk the neighbourhood, even though I have lived in for over 20 years that I find something new or rediscover something that I had forgotten about. 

Sometimes I wonder why we need to travel hundreds / thousands of miles to far away lands when there are lots of things to enjoy right in our backyard.   

This is the Parkdale century home that was actually moved from its original location just a block away from my house to one that is 10 blocks away.  It was moved to allow for the construction of the Crowchild highway.  Today it sits as the bottom of a bluff with a wonderful garden. It is a reminder that even 100 years ago their was an elegance and civility at a t time when  Calgary was still very much a frontier town. 

Yesterday's walk took us along the Crowchild Trail (yes in Calgary our highways are called Trails) sound barrier wall where we found this heart along the side of the bluff.  A teenager was there and he told me that a neighbour mows the grass (I think this is city property) to create the heart.  How great is this? 

Yesterday's walk took us along the Crowchild Trail (yes in Calgary our highways are called Trails) sound barrier wall where we found this heart along the side of the bluff.  A teenager was there and he told me that a neighbour mows the grass (I think this is city property) to create the heart.  How great is this? 

Found this bench carved out of a tree trunk strategically placed on the lawn so you can see the downtown skyline.  While the lawn is attached to a house, it is not fenced and given it is at a corner it very much feels like a pocket park.  A hidden gem!

I have walked by this musical fence dozens of times and it always brings a smile to my face. I suspect that the notes are from a real song.  If anybody knows the song...let me know.   

I love the roof line of this house which is modern and yet has traditional roof line elements.  To me it has a mountain-like quality with the thrusting angles which reflects the Rocky Mountains just west of Calgary.  More and more i believe Calgary is developing its own sense of place and architecture. 

There is a new house being built on almost every block in Calgary's inner city communities.  This one is just a few blocks away but it has captured my attention as seems to also be capturing the Rocky Mountain sensibility with its multiple peaked roof.  It may be over done, will have to see it when it is completed. 

I love the fact that although I live in the inner city i can go just a few blocks away and be walking in forested trail all alone with my thoughts and feelings.  It truly is the best of both worlds.  

Being an everyday tourist allows you to travel to different places everyday using your imagination, memories and local environment.  Maybe we should create the 100 mile tourist movement?