How isolated are we? If you live car free in metro Vancouver a trip to Paris is actually easier, as explained in this blog.
The pictures are not great but I hope they give an idea of the atmosphere.
Below, one of the fire barrels s up along Broadway. Yup, that's what we call our main street.
It is shameful how rarely I participate. Events at the library and the summer farmers market are the exception.
Partly it is the dislike of driving after dark. The drive is only ten/fifteen minutes but can be hairy in winter. Great excuse. In truth inertia is a powerful force and I am happiest at home. No matter how fun a proposed outing is, I always have to tear myself away from my cozy nest and welcome excuses to just stay home. Once out, I usually enjoy myself.
Below, one of the stalls dishing out food.
I am grateful to my best buddy for dragging me out to the annual Light Up happening. In all the decades of living here I have never gone. The parade was too small to make coming out worthwhile, but the atmosphere made up for it.
The middle part of main street was given over to stalls and fire barrels. People were happily milling around, eating and drinking and visiting.