Fountains

Fountains in the City

Big Burst still wows

People love to sit around the fountain

People wait for it. They tell their children to be patient, it will happen soon. What is it? From the centre court fountain In the middle of the Toronto Eaton Centre, three bursts of water shoot 85 feet into the…

Flowing day and night

Tourny fountain in the evening

The Fountaine de Tourny is stunning any time of the day or evening. It is a recent addition to the Quebec City scene, installed in front of the Quebec Parliament buildings in 2007. It was a gift from Simons department stores to the…

Flowering abundance

Ross Fountain

The Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia (about 20 minutes away from Victoria) is one of Canada’s premier horticultural destinations, designated as a National Historic Site. It was created early in the 20th century by Jennie Butchart, the wife of Robert…

My top 5 stories from Florida and Texas

I visited so many wonderful places during my trips to Florida (including Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia) and Texas (including Louisiana and Ohio) that it was hard to pin down just five great stories, but here they are: Tea, anyone? Discover…

Raining down watery blessings

Genius of the Waters in silhouette

Sitting atop the Tyler Davidson Fountain, the Genius of the Waters holds out her hands to bless the city of Cincinnati, Ohio with life-giving water. The fountain was placed in Fountain Square in 1871 by successful businessman Henry Probasco to…

Spanish flair in a New Orleans garden

The Spanish Court

New Orleans may be known for its French heritage, but at Longue Vue House & Gardens in the north of the city, it’s Spain that’s the highlight of this beautiful mid-twentieth century estate. Longue Vue House was the home of philanthropists…

A thundering wall of water

Gabled arches at the Williams Water Wall

This is the Williams Water Wall (formerly the Transco Water Wall) in Houston, Texas. It sits in a three-acre park at the base of the Williams Tower, a very tall blue building that is so high, it is a landmark…

Venice Texas-style

Arched footbridges are reminiscent of those in Venice

If you don’t want to go all the way to Europe to experience a canal system in the middle of a city, head down to San Antonio, Texas, where the River Walk has been beautifying the downtown since the 1920s.…