Eye on the World: Calgary

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Though we visited Calgary during Rendez-vous Canada, we were able to sneak in a few experiences around town. Starting with a food tour with Calgary Food Tours that had us tasting a few of the best eats around town, while pointing out historic buildings, visiting art galleries, and giving us a lesson in art around town. Since we stayed at Hotel Arts for the convention, we had the opportunity to take them up on those complimentary bikes for a ride around town and around the River Bow. The Calgary Stampede provided a great break from the convention, which didn’t only provide lunch but also a heart-thumping show as the cowboys took on the bulls and horses during their rides and the cowgirls showcased their gymnastics skills while riding their horse. And, on the last night of the convention, Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, hosted attendees for a few local bites and drinks, but also local entertainment with live performances on every floor—there’s five of them. Studio Bell houses interactive displays of Canadian music stars, and artifacts from some of musics legends including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Shania Twain and more.