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East Vancouver
May 12, 2011 - out first ever spring cruise to Alaska began with a day in Vancouver to explore the downtown core.  We decided to stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel as this is where Celebrity Millennium was sailing from.  From our hotel room on the 23rd floor we had a great view of the heritage buildings and rail yard in Vancouver's east end.  This is the transportation hub of downtown with commuter trains, the Sea Bus, Light Rail Transit, float plane and helicopter terminals all within a few blocks of the hotel.
 
 
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Jan's photo of fishing boats tied up alongside in Dipper Harbour, New Brunswick - a working fishing community outside of Saint John, NB.

 
 
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The National Cenotaph in Ottawa remembers veterans of WWI, WWII and the Korean war.  Each year on November 11 a ceremony of remembrance is held in front of this monument.

 
 
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Duffy Square, New York
One of the gathering points on Broadway located between 46th and 47th Street.  The movie "Safe" was being filmed on the street near here and another theatrical production of some sort was underway in the square itself.  If you want to people watch in New York, this square is a great place to do it in!

 
 
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Old Quebec City
Jan and I wandered around Old Quebec City during our visit in October.  Within a few blocks of the tourist area we were surprised to be on quiet residential streets where only locals walked.  The streets were quiet, old and very beautiful.
 
 
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It took Jan a little while to get this image without fellow tourists in it.  There were a number of happy admirers around the church when we arrived.  Jan had the patience to wait for folks to exit the scene or enter the church so that the curves of the road and fence draw your eye into the photo without the interruption of scattered tourists. 

This was in a wonderful outdoor museum very close to Sydney, Nova Scotia and well worth the short trip out from town to visit.

 
 
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Montmorency Falls, located east of old Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  At 275 ft tall, these falls are higher than Niagara Falls.  I am trying something new here by providing not only a photograph but also some video footage shot with my Canon 5D Mk II.
 
 
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These fellows were pulling their fishing net ashore after having it in a nearby fishing weir.  They were very friendly and were happy to explain what they were doing and how successful they had been at fishing during the past week.  This was a chance to use my newly acquired Vivitar Series 1 13mm f/2.8 manual focus lens.  I am pretty happy with this lens - it has, as you would expect, a huge depth of field so the lack of auto focus is not a big deal.
 
 
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Dusk in the Quartier Petit Champlain shopping district in lower Quebec City.
 
 
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This image of Jan's was taken in front of Ville de Quebec (City Hall) in Quebec City.  It was all decked out in Halloween pumpkins (spotted, no less!), black cats, witches and spiders.  Halloween appears to be a big thing here in Quebec as there were Halloween displays in front of, or inside, many of the business in Old Quebec.