S: Canada August 2011
BC: Our British Columbian Adventure
FC: Canada 2011
1: 1. Patio with a view at Joe Fortes 2. Mike at the Canadian border | Canada
3: Seafood Platter for two | lunching at Joe Fortes Restaurant | It's the Claw!
6: Gorgeous fountain by the Vancouver Museum | Exploring Vancouver
7: Welcome chocolates at Pan Pacific Hotel | Vancouver Library
8: The view from our hotel room and the pool is the best, so we really didn't want to leave. We spend half the day here, lounging poolside, enjoying the 75 degree weather.
9: Driving up to Vancouver, the city buildings are made to look like sail ships, so it looks like Vancouver is ready to sail away at a moment's notice! | I'm so well rested now I could share that with someone!
10: I wish it would stay warm and sunny the whole time we were here, I would never leave the pool/hot tub area then. Some guests in this hotel did just that. Small and large prunes emerged from the hot tubs at dusk... | Pan Pacific Hotel
11: Canada Place
12: Richmond Night Market
13: There are lots of very cute asian chicks wearing the coolest outfits and sparkly makeup all over town. I want to adopt one and take her home with me! | Grilled squid - delicious! | Something else on a stick - chicken? beef? It's all good!
14: Angry Bird | Our new pet
15: Day #1 in Vancouver 8/28/11 | Breakfast in one of the city's many cool coffee shops
16: Yaletown old train station
17: This city seems full of hippies and the homeless. There is a whole neighborhood where the homeless congregate. Also I guess this is where "BC bud" came from - note the pot-smoking Jesus stained glass we saw in one of the coffee shops.
18: Make shift physical therapy for Mike | We spent most of the day strolling around Granville Island. Underwhelmed by the over-expensive market, we got some picnic supplies anyways and ate sandwiches on a bay-side bench. Then I stormed into "Chocolate Arts" and demanded one of every truffle. | Resting
19: Chocolate Arts dino | Granville Island and Kitsilano | Beach in Stanley Park
20: Exploring Gastown, here is the famous Gastown steam clock. Dinner was at Guu - a Japanese tapas kind of place (making Mike mad for not having sushi).
21: Concluding Day #2 in Vancouver with a night view of Canada Place
22: We explored a few parks and museums today. Realized that we should mostly stick to nature destinations in Vancouver, as art is underwhelming (although the Chinese shadow puppets at the Museum of Anthropology were cool).
23: Nitobe Japanese garden - home to everything moss!
24: Mmmm, beer! | Lunch at Milestones Grill | Fun fact #1: I learned about Loonies and Toonies! It's soooo funny! Fun fact #2: Our waitress at Milestones grill looked just like Alanis Morrisette!
26: This is a famous sculpture by Bill Reid, depicting the making of the world/human kind, achieved by a raven cracking open a clam shell and forcing silly humans out of it.
27: Totem poles are everywhere! | Museum of Anthropology
29: Lynn Canyon Park
30: Crossing Lynn Canyon hanging bridge
31: Concluding Day #3. Culinary highlight was Shiro Sushi for dinner, with unforgettable toro!
32: We never made it to Stanley Park (tear...) since it was kind of cold and rainy. A lovely car ferry ride to Vancouver Island was just the thing - beautiful views and fresh air got our spirits up.
33: High tea | Day #4 Vancouver - Victoria
37: After dragging Mike to high tea at the Fairmont Princess, I decided to embark on the trip to the Miniature Museum by myself. There were lots of people there - most of them around five years old!
38: Waffin Spit Point | Following a winding rural road for about an hour past Victoria, we reached the town of Sooke - a little piece of heaven. Fresh air, unobstructed views of the ocean, tons of hiking trails... Too bad we will only be staying for about a day... | Day #5 in Sooke
39: A fun activity of throwing rocks at resting flocks of birds and taking pictures when they start flying... | Another pretty stick :)
40: one very picturesque log | there was about 10 of these pics | Did I mention we had floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed view of the sunset and sunrise over the ocean... from our bed?! We also got breakfast in bed in the morning, and freshly-baked cookies and tea in the afternoon!
41: Paradise found in Sooke Harbor House
42: On a tour of the Sooke Harbor House grounds, we visited the garden, where they grow the herbs, fruit and veggies going into the dishes. Back in our room, we relaxed watching the seals swimming by the shore.
43: We had dinner at the in-house restaurant, which is known for using local in-season ingredients. Every day is a different menu, and ours rocked! They also packed us a bag lunch for the next day at checkout, which we gladly ate at the Botanical Gardens. Yum-yum!
44: We spent a lazy morning lounging in Sooke Harbor House, then drove around the winding roads looking for a hiking spotin East Sooke Park. Got lost, gave up, and drove to Butchart Gardens (sublime beauty everywhere!) | Butchart Gardens
45: Notable quote (on the menu at Adrift Restaurant in Anacortes: "Because you can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish!"
46: Day #6 Butchart Gardens Victoria Island | I'm impersonating a witch | Some might say, I don't have to try hard...
48: We took a boat tour while at Butchart Gardens and saw some huge jellyfish! Also there was an overabundance of gorgeous dahlias in the garden, which prompted my emerging green thumb to plant some at home (a few actually bloomed!)
50: Killing time before our ferry to Anacortes, WA, we stopped by the Ocean Discovery Center in Sydney, BC. These huge jellyfish are apparently found in the local waters. After a wonderful meal at Adrift Restaurant in Anacortes and a good nights' rest, we are off to Chicago.