Missing something?

I had a movie last Saturday morning, the second last of the six-film package I bought for the Hot Docs Film Festival.

Although the friend I was with offered to drive me home afterward, I decided to walk. The theatre isn’t that far from where I live; about a 15 minute walk, 25 or 30 if you dawdle and stop to look in store windows.

Plus, it was my idea of perfect weather — sunny, warm, not too hot or humid, with a nice gentle breeze. So we said our Continue reading

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Day 272. Nothing’s Better

Yesterday was our second to last HotDocs movie.  It was an early one.  One o’clock start.  And so it was still mid-afternoon when we got out of the theatre.  Marilyn wanted to cartwheelgo to a drug store a couple of blocks away; and, seeing as how it was such a gorgeous day, I decided to tag along.

On our way, we passed right by a new Marshalls.  Of course we had to go in.  We’re women.  What woman can resist a bargain?  For those of you who live outside North America, Marshalls is an off price (discount) apparel and home fashion retailer.

My first introduction to it, was in Sarasota, Florida about thirteen or fourteen years ago.  A friend of mine is the ultimate bargain hunter.  And I do mean the ultimate.  She could teach classes.

For years she, and a group of bridge-playing friends, would go to Sarasota for a few weeks every winter.  They’d rent a house and spend their days outlet shopping and playing bridge.  Hour after hour after hour after hour.  It  Continue reading

Day 96. Pink City

Jaipur, the capital and largest city in Rajasthan is, without a doubt, one of the places I enjoyed the most, when I visited India.  Rajasthan, in case you’re interested, is located in the northwest; and it’s the largest state in the Republic of India.  Because it was painted pink to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales in 1876, Jaipur is also known as the Pink City.

And having been there, I’m not surprised that Jaipur is a very popular tourist destination.

Our stop there came at the beginning of a month-long trip.  We started in Delhi and went on to Agra where, among other things, we visited the Taj Mahal.  New Years Eve was spent in Samode, a small village not far from Jaipur.  We stayed in a heritage palace hotel, as we did throughout Rajasthan, and the News Years celebration they organized was nothing short of magical.

That deserves a blog post of its own.  But just to give you a taste of what we experienced, we dined, exquisitely, in a huge tent, with walls of silk panels, open at the top so we could enjoy both the starlit sky and midnight fireworks extravaganza; and  then partied with two brothers, Princes, whose family Continue reading