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New Zealand: Cambridge – Maori Neighborhood Gathering

Just like all over the world, people of similar backgrounds form social circles to keep their heritage intact. In Cambridge, NZ, we were invited to this Maori gathering to make our own poi balls. The balls are attached to long strings and swung rhythmically, one in each hand. Today, the women dancers perform the Maori poi. Men used it for strength and coordination and they were also used as a weapon during a battle. It is really hard to spin those balls.

New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens – Traditional Maori Garden in New Zealand

In the Te Parapara Garden in Hamilton Gardens, NZ, traditional (to Maori) rare kuumara (sweet potato) varieties are planted on puke (mounds) in the summer and then harvested. 

US: Seattle – Walkway by the Water

You can get a nice view, cool breezes on this walkway behind the Pike’s Place Market in Seattle. Note the ferris wheel in the distance. Do you think the people walking are noticing anything other than their phones?

US: Seattle – Old and New Architecture in Seattle

We love the contrasts of architectural styles as we walk through cities. This one’s in Seattle, WA.

US: Seattle – Chief Seattle Fountain

Even way back in 1909, the city of Seattle made sure to honor Chief Seattle, its namesake, with this fountain.

 

US: Seattle – Remembering Chief Seattle

Poster reminding us who lived here first. “Chief Seattle Now the Streets are our Home”

US: Seattle, WA – Architecture in Seattle,WA

Seattle’s history of architecture styles can sometimes be glimpsed all at once.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Group of Seven Food

At the Heritage Discovery Center we were treated to a meal described in the journals of Group of Seven painters who created their art here about a hundred years ago. The first course for us had been an entire meal for them – about ten pounds of onions. Though it doesn’t sound tantalizing, it was scrumptious, as they caramelized the onions and served them with homemade bread and butter.

Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Flatiron Building

Toronto has its own version of New York City’s Flatiron building.

Canada: Toronto, Ontario: Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame is dedicated to all things hockey including the history of ice hockey, and exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including, of course the Stanley Cup.