The smell of patchouli is wafting down Baker St as I sit at a sidewalk table of The Jagannatha Express – a vegetarian bistro and organic juice bar in Nelson, BC.
The Nelson Community Centre parking lot is having a flea market with the expected bead artists, handmade card artist, organic bakers, farmers as well as a collection of clothing. If you’re a lingerie designer don’t bother setting up shop in Nelson, the bras have long been burned.
Nelson is a groovy little town to chillax on a …(what day is it? – that’s how you know you’re on vacation, when every day feels like a weekend).
I have to admit, I’m here because of Roxanne, the 1987 film starring Steve Martin that was shot here. I remember the beautiful tree lined streets and mountain views, the crisp lake at the base of the city’s hills.
I wandered Baker St, drove up to the top of Josephine and down to the bottom of Lakeside Rotary Park. I passed by the legendary Trolley 23 and then crossed back over the Orange Bridge all the time wishing I had a goatee or dreadlocks or a Che tshirt to fit in.