THIS PIG WITH WINGS that my daughter gave me on Mother’s Day is a gift she knew I would appreciate.
The tiny glass ornament represents a theme that is somewhat similar to our own fictional character Penelope Puddle.
Penelope the Piggie also flies in the face of the can't-do crowd.
When pigs fly is an old expression that speaks to the near impossible odds of overcoming difficult situations and achieving challenging goals. In a world where dreams are often dashed and a meaningful life of longed-for achievements rarely seems realized, a can-do reminder is encouraging.
Heading to Gastown in Vancouver for Mother's Day dinner yesterday, I saw a sign that shows the high hopes of some are on a more global scale. Minimizing pollution is a great dream and a grand goal that many folk share.
The water taxi floating on False Creek and the surrounding apartments were reminders that toying with our natural world requires a balanced approach to the environment.
Trees clothed with blossoms softened the city streets. Fallen petals covered both grass and concrete.
As our car sped over the Cambie Street Bridge I saw that the Cirque du Soleil was in town. The acrobatic group in the white tents were sure to put on a spectacular show.
Ongoing construction included a new roof for BC Place, a huge stadium at the heart of the city.
Historic weaponry was exhibited along our way. Some might think when pigs fly when I suggest our current weapons and battles will be obsolete one day.
Finally we reached our destination. Gastown is a historic area of Vancouver that fell on hard times in the 1930s to be revitalized in more recent days.
An increasingly popular tourist hotspot, shops and restaurants merge with updated older heritage buildings and new office structures and residences.
Gastown is named after an entrepreneur known as Gassy Jack who opened a saloon in the 1800s as a retreat for nearby millworkers. It was a successful venture that expanded the Water Street area until the Great Depression when it disintegrated into a respite for the desperate and homeless.
Today the area has come full circle. There is a hubbub of activity and an atmosphere that is bright and airy ... rain or shine.
Since one never knows when showers will fall, cheery umbrellas are available for purchase as well as decoration.
This flowing fish fountain seemed appropriate in a nook along Water Street.
We arrived at The Old Spaghetti Factory. This restaurant chain across Canada has a decor that suits Gastown's historic theme perfectly.
Inside, a kaleidoscope of stained glass provided delicious eye candy.
The gorgeous colors were difficult to capture.
The lamps were dripping in bright hues.
The crowds were huge and there was a long waiting list. Eventually, we were seated in the indoor train portion of the restaurant.
More glass glittered when looking out from inside the train.
We were definitely hungry and you could say we truly enjoyed "pigging out" on the heaps of tasty spaghetti we ordered for dinner.
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