I can't recall when I have cheered for Calgary's sports teams, but I have to confess I have cheered for Calgary's arts and culture, and after this weekend, I have a whole lot more of positive cheers to send to their way! We have always had good times when we have been in Calgary, so I have to admit I am a fan of Calgary too! When I learned that my son was participating in some bike races in Calgary and the surrounding area on the August Long Weekend, I positively cheered for Calgary because I would finally get to see him, it seems like a very long time since we last visited!
Even though the tightly packed, cookie cutter houses and compact yards in the suburbs make me want to hop in our Ford truck and head back home to the prairies and the wide open skies and spaces, I did find myself cheering for Calgary, not the sports teams, of course not, but for Calgary and its surrounding area, and what they have to offer! The lines, the angles, the architecture, the parks, the bridges, the recreation events, the Glenbow, Stephen Avenue, Kensington, the Calgary Stampede, the mountains, the fields, CrossIron Mills Mall, and its art all have me positively cheering for Calgary. Sorry Edmonton!
In Calgary, we have always enjoyed many music concerts like Diana Krall, The Judds, and George Strait! We also have appreciated visiting our family, Heritage Park, the Glenbow, the Calgary Tower, the Zoo, Chapters, the Olympic Park and other things such as the U of C excellent football camps and campus. This weekend, it became clear to me that Calgarians, or at least their government and the businesses, architects and planners, all spend a lot of big money to make Calgary look good, to be user friendly and to celebrate all of the diversity of people, the land and interests. Even though the suburbs make me claustrophobic, there are a lot of other good things to celebrate and be positively cheerful about in Calgary. Go Calgary!
|Centre Street Bridge Lion|
The splendid white against the blue sky and all of the details of this bridge made my camera smile. The mighty bison to reflect the past, the strength and confidence of the lion, the maple leaf, the coat of arms, the cast iron fencing, the pillars, the straight lines and curves and the lights all make this bridge extra special!
Sigh! How beautiful!
|Blue Squares of Wonder|
|Princess Island Park and Skyscrapers|
|The Bridge of Peace|
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|Get the Point|
|One More Look|
|Old and New|
|Circles of Time|
This beautiful focal point in one of the wings in the CrossIron Mills with all it details, the cogs, scrolls, circles and colour is another example of the Calgary attitiude, "Go big or go home!"
|The Calgary Tower|
My camera was not cooperating, it must have been tired of taking pictures. I couldn't get the flash and the zoom lens to work properly, but I am glad they didn't! I managed to get this cool picture of the lights on the Calgary Tower!
So to end this big Calgary cheer, in theme of finding positive in everything, I would have to say I did manage to find many things to cheer about in Calagry! Tomorrow's post will show the more human and natural aspect of Calgary! I hope you enjoyed my big Calgary cheers! Go Calgary Go!
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