Quick Question, 23 May 2017

Welcome back for another Quick Question! These are fun questions that let you get to know me and let me learn something about you, my wonderful reader. Feel free to respond in the comments here, or tweet your answer at me @anhistorianblog Today’s question is going to get to the heart of us and our childhood…

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Book Guide to Queen Victoria

Today is Victoria Day in Canada! For anyone who doesn’t know, Victoria Day is the third Monday in May and is a public holiday (woo-hoo long weekends!). It’s also the day that Canada officially celebrates the Sovereign’s birthday. (Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!) Although an era was named after her, I don’t know that most people actually know that much of her. In honour of the monarchy and Queen Victoria, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite books about Victoria herself- she was a compelling monarch and she makes for a very interesting read!

Guide to Queen Victoria

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When An Historian Travels Tag…

Shop Girl Anonymous has very, very kindly nominated me for a travel tag! This tag means a lot to me, as she is one of my favourite bloggers to follow and read- I have become a much more critical and engaged consumer, and I pay a lot more attention to the stores and websites I use. Jess has such a great voice and is so engaged with her readers, if you haven’t read her blog you should take a few moments to do that right now…

You’re back? Wonderful! Today’s tag is all about how and where you travel, and what you look for. I hope you enjoy travelling with me today…

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Snapshot Saturday, 20 May 2017

Snapshot Saturday, a peak into what’s happening in my life! I like to share the little things because that is what makes us who we are and what makes the world go around. I’ve been getting sick all week but there has been a positive…

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Lilly Pulitzer Windward Dress, Style File Friday

Continuing on in my spring and summer theme for clothing, I’m sharing a light and fun dress that I was able to find for a fantastic price! The Windward Dress is a casual, cotton dress from Lilly Pulitzer that I bought for less than half of the retail price with patience and luck. I’m still working on branching out from my wardrobe of many, many solid neutrals (and stripes that are essentially a neutral…), so Lilly is a perfect infusion of fun and pattern. Although Sea Ruffles (this pattern) is monochromatic, the light blue and white is not at all present in my wardrobe! Look at me, branching out like an adult. This is the story of how I actually found the dress, and my review and thoughts of it!

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Banff Cemetery Walk, Travel Thursday

Being the historian and nerd that I am, of course I sought out some way to learn more of the history of Banff. I’ve already been to the Banff Museum and I wanted to find more of the organic history of the town. While I am not overly interested in Canadian history (far too new for me), I do find the history of mountain and railroad towns quite fascinating- the elite classes of these towns led interesting and complicated lives that are often swept up into the history of the railroad and the mines. So, one afternoon we set out to learn a little more about Banff!

Old Banff Cemetery Walk

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How to Find Book Bargains

If you are a reader like me, you will go out of your way to find deals on books. It’s difficult to walk past a bookstore without buying something, but you also realise that space and money aren’t unlimited and you need to limit yourself a little. I have found some ways to save money and find book bargains, for both physical books and ebooks, that I’m going to share with you today.

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Quick Question, 16 May 2017

Hello hello, it’s that time again! The Quick Question- I’m gonna get to know you, you are gonna get to know me, and hopefully we all have a little fun. Sometimes blogging can be a little distancing, because I’m writing it but I’ve no idea how you are reading and interpreting it. Today’s question is something that may affect us all for the rest of our lives- if we are lucky (or cursed, depending on how you look at it I suppose)…

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Fairmont Banff Springs, Travel Monday

I know that my travel posts are typically on Thursdays, but I don’t want to “drag out” my Banff posts for a month or more to only post on Thursdays! So, here is a Travel Monday post that I hope you enjoy. While my Travel Thursday post was all about my afternoon tea experience at the Fairmont, I spent some time wandering about the hotel before and after. I decided to do a separate post to showcase the rest of the hotel and my time there, so I hope you enjoy!

Fairmont Banff Springs

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An Historian About… #RWBVespers

It’s not often that you get to see the world premier of a ballet- often it will be a premier for that company, but typically not for the ballet as a whole. I was able to see the world premiere of Vespers, on Friday, May 12, 2017, and it was incredible. Although I typically skew towards preferring the classical and story ballets,  I could not have loved this more. Vespers is nuanced and detailed and full of emotion, and the choreography felt organic and layered.

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