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Destinations Detours and Dreams November 2016

What's Been Happening

October started off with Culture Days weekend. Culture Days is a three-day-long national celebration dedicated to providing Canadians opportunities to participate in and appreciate all form of arts and culture. Artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns across the country collaborate to create free, interactive and “behind the scenes” events. I attended a few events, One made it into a blog post in October: the Costume Museum Wedding Dress exhibit. I plan to write about two others in November: the CLOUD public art installation and the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit art exhibition. I also took an architectural tour focusing on the history and use of Manitoba Tyndall Stone, which I may write about at a future date.

October was a busy month, filled with social activities, family commitments and writing, both for the blog and otherwise. I've posted 7 articles on Destinations Detours and Dreams.

October has also had a few "bumps". I've dealt with a couple of technical gremlins. A fall resulted in a hairline fracture on my left wrist. Fortunately, it didn't need a cast and is doing fine. But the couple of days I spent in a splint made me think about alternate ways of doing things to minimize keyboard time and reconsider priorities. That reflection is still ongoing.

And one technical issue remains unresolved at the moment. Those of you who subscribe to new posts on the blog have not received an email notification about the most recent two articles. I am following up with a technical support group to sort out the problem.

What's On The Horizon

In recent years, November has signalled the start of travel to a warmer locale for the winter. My husband and I have no such plans this winter. I am not yet sure how that will feel as the month progresses, but I suspect longing and restlessness may arise at some point. However, I am discovering the benefits of being rooted in Winnipeg for a few months: re-establishment of patterns with friends and renewed participation in the community. 

Although a snowbird winter is not currently planned, I will be thinking about the snowbird life while reorganizing the Snowbird section of the website.

Also look for a new Facebook page for Destinations Detours and Dreams to be launched early in November.

October Stories You Might Have Missed

Little Havana

Calle Ocho, the Cuban district of Miami, Florida


Wedding Dress View Into The Past

Glimpses into the past via costume exhibits of wedding dresses through the decades


Tacoma: City of Glass

Exploring the art of Dale Chihuly and other glass artists in the city of Tacoma, Washington


Cherry Point Wine

A visit to the Cherry Point Estate Winery in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island

Craigdarroch Castle

A restored Victorian mansion in Victoria, British Columbia portrays upper-class life at the time and showcases the role the house played in the history of the city


A Day in Monterey

Monterey California: San Carlos Beach, Cannery Row, Ocean Boulevard and Old Fisherman’s Wharf

South Beach Art Deco Tour

Exploring the architecture and history of South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida

From The Archives

"Hudson the Ham" polar bear has been the star of Winnipeg's Assiniboine Zoo since he arrived from Toronto Zoo in 2013. This month Hudson and his brother Humphrey were returned to Toronto, leaving seven polar bears at Assiniboine Zoo, all orphans rescued from the North. I first wrote about the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the zoo, which provides a look at northern landscape and wildlife, in 2014 and updated the post this summer and fall with new polar bear photos and current polar bear status.
Donna Janke is the author of Destinations Detours and Dreams, where you can find travel stories from near and far, the familiar and the obscure, the beautiful and the bizarre, with a focus on history, gardens, nature, art, architecture, culture and the snowbird life. She tells her stories through a combination of narrative, photos and personal reflection. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here.

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