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Published: October 17th 2006
Being from a tropical place, where would you think I’d find attractive as a vacation destination? For me, it’s obvious, someplace untropical as possible, yet, beautiful and not uncomfortable. Vancouver, I find fits the bill quite nicely. And since I’m in the area, why not a trip to Victoria and Buchart Gardens, on the island of Vancouver. Vancouver itself, however is not located on that island, but on the mainland itself. Confused? You’re not alone.
Vancouver City is a growing modern city full of life and many places of interest to the visitor. There’s Canada Place located on the Seaport, designed after the Sydney Opera House, and almost as beautiful. There’s relaxing Granville Island, bustling Chinatown, fashionable Robsonstrasse, historical Gastown and wonderful, healthy, Stanley Park. There was a Double 10 Celebration going on in Chinatown, which is Oct. 10, the Day when the Chinese overthrew the Manchu Dynasty.
Stanley Park is like a Grand Central Park next to the ocean. One can rent a bike at several shops near the entrance. Unfortunately there’s a section near the end where one has to ride on the main road, but for the most part you can ride pretty much traffic free.
One can take a tour on a bus which drives on to a ferry to Vancouver Island, which then proceeds on to Buchart Gardens, with it’s unbelievable riot of colors from the millions of flowers planted there. On the same island is the quaint, old but well kempt town of Victoria which is picturesque, yet quiet and low keyed. For the camera bug, there are the elegant, very British, Parliament Building and Empress Hotel.
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