March 11, 2009

Paris in the spring time…

Posted in Art, Fashion, Food, France, love, Paris, Travel, vacation tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:39 pm by Skybluepink

New adventures are on the horizon and, as of April 6, I’ll be in Paris for almost one month…yes…I’m excited! I’ve been to Paris before, it’s an amazing city, but each trip was short–a few days to madly dash around and see as much of the city as possible. After three separate trips I still have so much to see and experience in Paris. My boyfriend has rented an apartment in the heart of the city and we’re looking forward to immersing ourselves in the culture…the real Paris.

So this is where you come in. I’m asking for audience participation here…if you’ve been to Paris and have a favourite restaurant, park, gallery, store, museum, market—tell me about it. I’m not talking the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower (don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to visit the Louvre again), I’m looking for the places that the locals love. Places that you’ve been to, fell in love with, that aren’t in the tourist guides.

Photos from previous trips…

 

The MetroLouvre-2003

 

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December 9, 2008

Got skim milk?

Posted in Food, Rant, Victoria tagged , , , , , at 10:57 pm by Skybluepink

Evidently not, if you go to the new Tim Hortons in downtown Victoria, and never will by the sounds of it.  Downtown Victoria has been “waiting” for a Tim Hortons for years, but a new outlet just opened on Blanshard street near the centre of town. I am not a fan of Timmy Ho-Ho’s, I prefer the local coffee shops and Starbucks to be honest, but lately I’ve been heading to Timmy’s with a group of co-workers as part of our morning caffeine ritual.

On our first trip I was actually surprised to learn that Timmy’s does not offer skim milk as an option for your tea or coffee. Since then I have asked for skim milk several times in an attempt to demonstrate a “need”. My co-workers have asked too, and time after time we’ve been given an “oh you are so annoying” eye-roll and the standard line “we don’t serve that”.

Complain you say? Yes, we did! We even wrote to Timmy’s HQ and were told if we simply asked for skim milk the store manager would oblige. Not quite! I asked a manager last week, who reminded me of a female ultimate fighting champion, and was told “not only do we not offer skim milk but we are never going to get it…no one likes it or asks for it…thank-you!” No… thank you!

I know, I know…what did I expect from a place that serves candy-cane hot chocolate with candy-cane donuts?