A River Runs Through It ....eh?
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No, not the movie, "the city"..........Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that is..................
The North Saskatchewan River meanders smack dab through the middle of downtown Edmonton which goes on to join the Saskatchewan and Nelson Rivers to flow into Hudson Bay, and ultimately, to the Atlantic Ocean. My travels will not take me that far today but I will try to get in as much "face time" as I can with one of my favorite Canadian cities.
Our hotel is in the city centre and just a stone's throw away from some of my favorite activities, eating and shopping. In just about all of the cities where I stay while on the job, I have scouted out the closest and best sushi bar within walking distance.
On the last day of October it's not exactly subzero degree weather but being the wimp that I am from Arizona I have come prepared with my long, fur lined trench coat, under which is layered a long sleeved t-shirt and sweater, topped off with a wool neck scarf and leather gloves.The wind is whipping ferociously around the hotel as I cross the street and head down the sidewalk. All around me the "locals" are on their lunch hour, strolling at a leisurely pace in their short sleeved t-shirts or at most, sweaters, pushed up to their elbows to catch the last bit of Indian summer.
Having satisfied my hunger urge, I retrace my steps through the city until ironically, I walk past a cyber cafe called "Naked on Jasper". Yes, I was on Jasper but far from naked......would this be called an oxymoron? Also along this stretch of town is a used book store into which I like to have a nose. Today I found a book on Natural Remedies. This will be the perfect reference for the remedy to soothe my frost bitten nose and ears.
I was finally able to shed my extra layers when I reached the Edmonton City Centre Mall. This is NOT the famous West Edmonton Mall , that dwarfs many a small city with its giant water park, man made lake, skating rink, 2 mini golf courses, 21 movie theatres, Vegas style casino and amusement park with 25 rides and attractions.
It's a quaint little British style pub, from its half timbered walls and dark wooden bar and paneling down to the mismatched furniture and distinctive "pub-like" smell inside and is within staggering distance of our hotel, which I'm sure was one of the reasons it was chosen by our hotel committee. Another reason would be that it has the largest selection of draught beer in the city.
On my way back to the hotel, after making a circuit around the downtown area, I find a glimmer of civilization in an otherwise urban backdrop. During the Works, Art and Design Festival in 2005, members of the Sculptors Association of Alberta put their heads as well as their sculptures together and came up with displays in various areas near the University. One sculpture was named GiGi, although I was hard pressed to find any connection with Maurice Chevalier.
Back in my room, admiring the city lights at sunset, I was full of satisfaction when I saw "the locals" stepping out for the evening in their winter coats.