The next morning I awoke early and headed out to get a few groceries before the campground shuttle left for the city centre at ten.
What I really needed was milk for my morning java. (If I owned a RV park, do you know what I would give my guests upon arrival? A small carton of milk because that is what we have usually run out of, or it has gone bad, and we have nothing for that much-needed cuppa after a long drive).
Anyway, I found a small convenience store a half mile from the campsite, got my milk, then rushed back to catch the shuttle.
The shuttle dropped us off right in front of the Glenbow Museum at 10:30 am, and wouldn't return until 6 pm.
A long day....but there's lots to see, so might as well start off with the museum. If you have many hours to fill, it's a good choice. The Glenbow museum is one of Western Canada's largest, with over 93,000 feet of exhibition space, featuring over 20 galleries.
I can't begin to remember, never mind describe everything, but two things stuck out: "Made in Calgary," which featured the 1980's art renaissance, and a collection of historic signage.
Prior to the 1980's, Calgary was a corral of bad cowboy art. However, that changed within a decade:
"As Calgary soared to economic power in the 1980s, a maverick new energy in the visual arts also arose in the city. Calgary became truer to itself in the 80s – artists created things moulded in the Calgary spirit.
In discovering that spirit, Calgary artists found themselves reevaluating their conceptions of art, and, in many cases, reinventing their entire approach to the creative process."
- Glenbow Museum
I really liked the work of Chris Cran.....
Self-Portrait - Man Shooting Himself in the Foot
....and this unusual piece called Cleft.....
The historic signage featured this neon flamingo - Airstreams!...
After meandering through the museum for over four hours - the culture vulture was satiated - but the stomach wanted lunch. I was really craving a salad or some sushi, but all I could find were steak houses. I finally found a deli that served a salad - a meaty taco salad - so settled for that.
I found a nice place to eat my lunch - Devonian Gardens.
During the Olympics it was the medal presentation area. Post-Olympics, the city turned it into a greenspace, a proverbial urban oasis.
Further meandering brought me to a really kewl area known as Inglewood.
This is where I spent the rest of the afternoon - gleefully mired amongst the off-the-wall shops and cafes.
I found the place I should have had lunch -Jacqueline Suzanne's. I laughed at the name because it reminded me of the author who penned Valley of the Dolls,
which was later made into a really campy movie.....
Valley Of The Dolls (1967) - The Catfight Scene - YouTube
....."Now you get outta my way because I've got a man waiting for me."
I spent too much time drooling over Jacqueline Suzanne's menu - a glance at my watch and I only have 15 minutes before the shuttle pick-up. I started to run......and almost bowled over a few pedestrians.....
.....Now, you get outta my way because I've got a van waiting for me!......
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