In a 2010 TED Talk lecture, “We Are All Cyborgs Now,” Case argues that smartphones — and the connection they represent to a global social network — have become more than just a device in our pockets but something closer to a digital extension of ourselves.
To do foodie photography, I had dry pasta, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and basil spread on the table. While I was busy with making arrangement for taking photos, hubby came by. I explained to him what the mess was about, and made sure he knew I was working. :) Hubby said, “I just want to know if we are going to have pasta for dinner.” So, I made smoked salmon pasta for dinner. :)
Sautée red onion, sweet red pepper, and garlic first, then add cherry tomatoes. Mixed it with cooked pasta and olive oil (I used linguine for this dish). Top with grated cheese (optional), smoked salmon, and basil. Voila!
This is how the National Geo. describes the Fairmont Banff Springs:
“… a stone edifice with shining towers rises above evergreen forests. At its feet flows a torrent of milk-white foam. All around are massive, snow-gilded peaks. The image is wrapped in plumes of steam, like clouds seeking heaven.
Here is a castle in the wilderness.
In 1883, on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, three railway workers discovered a natural hot spring, and from there the park was born. Nowadays, Banff is one of the world’s premiere destinations, spanning a region of unparalleled majestic mountain scenery.”
The part 2 of the series is touring the second floor of the castle, where you can sit by any of the windows to get different views of the beautiful surroundings.
A room with a view…
The first day, I was up on the second floor with my camera before 7:30 am and thought it would be a quiet time for taking photos. When I got out of the elevator, I noticed the place was already crowded with tourists. The next day, I tried to get there at around 6:30 am, there were only a few tourists, but service people were everywhere busying with cleaning floors and windows, and many staff were running around in the hallways setting up for the upcoming conferences and formal parties of the day and week; and I was told politely not to take photos of those rooms. On our last day, I thought that was my only chance, I was ready at around 5:00 am, and sun was up already. It was very quiet, and I thought had the entire floor to myself, almost.
The Fairmount Banff Springs has rarely been presented as a hotel. PBS had made special programs and the National Geo had a few articles introducing its architecture and history. The Castle in the Wilderness, Indeed.