Sunday, April 08, 2012

Calgary & Canmore Girls' Weekend 2012 - Part 1

This Easter weekend is a welcome break from the norm, with time in Calgary and Canmore with Julie and Joanne. Despite the horrible winter weather Thursday morning, Spring did show its true colours for most of the weekend.  I arrived Friday afternoon, and Julie and I started the weekend off with an amazing workout at the Talisman centre. Running on the track is definitely not the same as the 5km 3 times per week I've been running outside. Wow, talk about shocking your body!

Saturday started off with Starbucks, of course, and then some shopping at Cross Iron Mills. What a disappointment! I cannot BELIEVE they call it an outlet mall. Has no one been to the States? This is NOT an outlet. Driving to the edge of the city for a glorified, large, mall, with only one real outlet store (Coach)? Totally not worth it. I ended up with one shirt and a pair of shorts, easily purchased just about anywhere. Bleh. Normally Julie and my shopping trips are SO successful! (but I guess they've been in California, so that explains it). Joanne used the perfect word to describe it - anticlimactic! 

The Birthday Girl!
Meeting Joanne for dinner at UNA Pizzeria was absolutely amazing. Wow - Italy! Amazing wine, pizza and dessert to die for. YUMMY!  After dinner, I hung out with Joanne at a bar called Craft Beer Market, and then met up with Julie for her friend Rachael's birthday at Hudsons. A popular Edmonton chain, of course, has apparently expanded to Calgary. My first time out in a LONG time - so it was a blast. Sorry for the AWFUL photo quality - I detest my blackberry and cannot wait to get a new phone in the fall!

Now, it's early Sunday morning and we're off to the mountains for an early morning spa treatment (I LOVE that the mountains are only 1.5 hours away!) at Bodhi Tree Spa, and some time wandering around Canmore. I can't wait for fresh, mountain air.Stay tuned for Part 2 of this amazing weekend - coming tonight! 

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