Seine River, Paris, flood, flooding, Notre Dame

Real Life: The Seine River Floods

Paris in June. *sigh* What a lovely vision. Eating outside at sun-soaked cafes, getting plump on wine and cheese, taking in the city’s history and culture, eating all the croissants and baguettes you can handle. But this year, June began with tourists and Parisians alike gazing at rising river water, canceling boat tours, avoiding closed museums, and…

downtown eastside street market

Real Life: Vancouver’s DTES

Isn’t vacation grand? You’re away from work, relaxing, exploring and feasting in a destination that’s exciting simply because it’s not your home. But sometimes while enjoying an escape, you get a glimpse of real life in that place. A glimpse without the façade put on for tourists. Sometimes it’s gritty and sometimes unpleasant. When visiting Vancouver,…

Real Life: Aruba

Ahhh, vacation. Isn’t it grand? You’re away from work, relaxing, exploring and feasting in a destination that’s exciting simply because it’s not your home. But sometimes while enjoying an escape, you get a glimpse of real life in that place. A glimpse without the façade put on for tourists. Sometimes it’s gritty and sometimes unpleasant. When…