I’m Back!

Japan won this year's International Festival of Lights Celebration in Vancouver. (©Julia Pelish Photography)

Japan won this year’s International Festival of Lights Celebration in Vancouver. (©Julia Pelish Photography)

The mysterious chokehold stifling my blog into a year-plus ‘404 error’ loop has finally been released. Poof! Just like that and I find I can publish my online rebirth announcement. All because of a random last chance “ok I will call tech help again” impulse that motivated me to make one last try. I had the good fortune to speak with Surbhi (lovely tech at Yahoo!) who somehow knew the right someone else and together they pushed the magic switch (aka permalinks radial dial button) that sprung the online life back into my long lost little blog. Impressive!!

Obviously this breaking news calls for fireworks. Vancouver hosts an annual international fireworks festival and Japan, USA and France were this summer’s competitors. The photo shown here was just one moment in Japan’s jaw dropping grand finale and it pretty much reflects how I feel.

It is great to be back home in blogsville again.

xo

Orchids from the Philadelphia International Flower Show. (©Julia Pelish Photography)

Orchids from the Philadelphia International Flower Show. (©Julia Pelish Photography)

Last weekend I enjoyed a wonderful visit to Philadelphia to see the world’s largest indoor flower show: The Philadelphia Flower Show. Botanical creativity is a one of a kind art form and the best of the best exhibit at this event.

Philadelphia by night. (©Julia Pelish Photography)

Philadelphia by night. (©Julia Pelish Photography)

Philly took me totally by surprise, it is city that is under the radar as it is situated between the big players of NY City and Washington DC. But I recommend taking the time to discover this historical city. Art, culture, architecture, parks, American history, music, food can be found throughout the city — and all at affordable prices. No sales tax on clothing and shoes alone makes visiting Philly an added bonus because everyone should bring home souvenirs for their closet.

The flower show is winding down this weekend but at Vacay.ca you can read and see some of the highlights in my photo essay and story.

There are lots of unique festivals scheduled in Philly for spring and summer. You should check out the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (March 28 to April 27) and at the same time see Philadelphia’s other annual flower show, The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival (April 1 – 26). For all kinds of information on what is going on in Philadelphia, check out this great resource: VisitPhilly.com

The pedestrian street "Strøget" glimpsed from a cafe window in Copenhagen is the world largest and oldest. (©Julia Pelish Photography)

Cityscapes

I live in the city, have for a long time. I find there are times when I speculate on when or will I move on; get fed up with the density and activity that is constantly beckoning for my attention. But then another year passes by and here I stay.

It is easy to forget yourself and your own troubles by being a city dweller. I escape from myself as I observe all the varieties of lifestyles just walking around me. You can easily put your life into perspective; there is often someone better or worse off than you on just about any block. It is an education in human nature. And after awhile even the noise and commotion find balance with the quiet places and time you surprise yourself discovering.

I love exploring a new city and find myself fascinated by the dynamics of urban life: watching people congregate, socialize and live and work crowded together yet somehow autonomous. Looking at these photos, I am able to recall the sights, sounds and smells of these vibrant places.

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Photo by Julia Pelish Photography

NY City

This summer I returned to New York City with my camera and walked and sweated my way through a sweltering heat wave of a week in mid-July. Apple heaven, rushed, funny, grungy, dirty, poetic, humid, brash, captivating: snapping one vignette after another of everyday life as it saunters by. These pics are a little souvenir of my 2012 summer vacation, a reminder of what I so miss. Enjoy the heat.

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