Monday, June 10, 2013


We popped up to Vancouver very much on a whim: it was near Seattle, we'd heard it was beautiful and I had considered going on exchange to Victoria, which is close by, before settling on Italy.

Like many of the cities we have visited, we only got a day and a half to explore Vancouver - not nearly long enough considering it was our only Canadian destination.

After arriving we headed out to Chinatown to explore a little.

I also saw that a good friend of mine, Maja was in town just for the night following her Alaskan cruise. She was also with her mother so the four of us went out for dinner at a Vietnamese place in Chinatown.

For our only full day in the city we began by hitting the Granville Island Market which was resplendent with fresh fruit, French baking and handmade confectionery! There were also a lot of arts and crafts available, from bright silk scarves woven in front of you on a loom to local artists' work printed on aluminum.

Unfortunately this was the point at which my camera died and I had killed my phone I on the way to Seattle (I have no idea how!) so there are no more photos until Mum gets home and emails me hers.

Our hotel view of the stadium in downtown Vancouver

On the walk to Granville Island

This was painted on a roof you could see from the bridge - I'm not sure what the intended purpose was!

Once we'd had our fill we caught a tiny ferry over the river and skirted the mainland until we arrived at Stanley Park. This is a giant park in central Vancouver. You wouldn't know you were in the city though, you can't hear the traffic at all ! The park was pretty busy with cyclists, mum's with bubs, rollerbladers and of course those walking like us. This may have been because Vancouver put on a stunning sunny day for us.

After the park we walked back down Robson Street - known for its shopping. I got a haircut (another, much-needed, whim) and we popped into a few stores. We had an easy dinner in and got to bed early to be up at 4.30am for the next leg of our journey!

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