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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver September 15th 2018

Po pięknych przeżyciach w Górach Kaskadowych, skierowaliśmy się na północ, za granicę USA-Kanada, do Vancouver. W naszych wyobrażeniach: miasto-ideał, leżące między oceanem, a górami, z mnóstwem parków i terenów rekreacyjnych. Nie zawiedliśmy się! ;-) Urocze Gastown w brytyjskim stylu, piękny, dziki, otoczony ścieżką (Seawall) Stanley Park, pocztówkowy port z wodolotami, na które nie mogłam się napatrzeć, czy fajne knajpki na West End. Do tego jeszcze udało mi się wyrwać na wieczorny jogging wzdłuż rzeki Capilano i parku Ambleside. Jedyny zgrzyt to okolice Chinatown upodobane przez narkomanów (bardzo przykre widoki na ulicach...). Gdyby nie kapryśna, zimno-wilgotna pogoda, byłoby idealnie... Jednak pogoda miała być najważniejsza w piątek, kiedy mieliśmy zaplanowaną wycieczkę do Victorii i rejs 'zodiakiem' z podglądaniem wielorybów. Może na... read more
Zegar Parowy w Gastown
Widok na Downtown
Port wodolotów

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver September 13th 2018

Been quite a few years since I last visited our neighbors to the north, and with my upcoming transpacific cruise departing from this west coast city, its an ideal opportunity to become reacquainted with Vancouver. The area is surrounded by some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world: mountains, ocean, rainforest, parks and beaches. This is a city like no other, with endless options for activities, sights and attractions. Vancouver is a city that begs to be explored, either by coach or minibus, horse-drawn carriage or helicopter, bicycle or on foot. There are numerous anecdotes regarding this city and how street/neighbor names evolved and stuck, thru to the present day: A little bit of history: Between 1592 to 1774 AD, Spaniards cruised by as part of their exploration of Canada's west coast. Spain claimed ... read more
A View from hotel room 2
A View from hotel room 3
Autumn is almost arrived at Stanley Park

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver September 2nd 2018

I always wanted to visit Canada, so in May 2015 I finally got to go. I decided to go to Vancouver, because a friend of mine, whom I had met in London had moved back over there. I found some cheap tickets online and was ready to go. The night before my trip I did not sleep very well and when I woke up I felt very unwell, it turned out I had some sort of food poisoning and was not able to fly that day. Fortunately I was able to get a refund for my trip there and booked anther cheapish ticket for the next day in the hopes I could just sleep it off.The next night I slept a lot better and I felt okay enough to catch my flight the next morning. I ... read more
hiking in Lynn Canyon
seen my first Orca on this trip
walking roud Vancouver

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver September 1st 2018

We had booked to do one of those Escape Room challenges, which we enjoyed last year in New York (see ) despite narrowly failing to finish it. It was booked at midday, so we had a leisurely morning and walk there. It was back on the border of the area where things had started to get rough when we had walked there the other day (see ). In fact the world’s thinnest building and the gate to China Town were just down the road from where we were going. Sadly, we failed to complete the escape again and were not even close this time as we had apparently only completed about two thirds. It only allowed 45 minutes, which seemed impossible. Apparently some other groups had been able to complete it in under 30 minutes, but ... read more
China Town
T-Rex
Science World

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 31st 2018

I woke up early for no apparent reason, so I thought I might as well get up and walk over to Stanley Park again for some early morning pictures looking back at Vancouver. Once I had got my photos and it was getting light, it was a really nice walk back along the water-front in the peace and quiet, with a fantastic view of the sunrise and the high-rise buildings of Vancouver. My son and I had decided that we would go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which had been recommended. It was only a short drive over the Lion Gate Bridge (a green Golden Gate Bridge), which we had cycled under during our Stanley Park circuit (see ), and then just a little way into North Vancouver. The car-park was full so we needed ... read more
Cliff Walk
Vancouver Waterfront
Seaplanes

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 30th 2018

Unser erster großer Urlaub zu dritt führt uns zum Ende meiner und Beginn von Dennis‘ Elternzeit für 6 Wochen nach Kanada. Nach ein paar Tagen in Vancouver werden wir für 4 Wochen mit einem Truck Camper durch den „wilden Westen“ streifen und zum Abschluss nochmal eine Woche auf Bowen Island auf einer Farm entspannen. Trotz weitgehend schlaflosem Kind und viel zu viel Gepäck kommen wir nach 15 Stunden Anreise irgendwie in Vancouver, der Hauptstadt von British Columbia an. Wir wohnen in Fairview, einem hippen Stadtteil, der nur durch den False Creek, einem kleinen Meeresarm, von Downtown getrennt wird. Unsere Gastgeber Katrina und Gareth haben auch eine kleine Tochter, die nur wenige Monate älter als Marlene ist. Und natürlich „freunden“ sich die zwei kleinen Ladies direkt an, auch wenn unser Kind völlig übernächtigt sein muss. Aber das ... read more
Granville Island Farmers Market
Granville Island - Hafen
Vancouver - Gastown

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 30th 2018

Whilst the weather got off to a ropy start, it quickly changed and the sun came out, so the others decided that the day should be designated a pool day. That gave me an opportunity to have a look around Downtown Vancouver, Gastown and the Waterfront. It was a very strange day, as it seemed like I started the day in New York, then I went to Paris and then I ended-up in Sydney. Downtown (New York) is the modern area, based around the usual North American grid layout. There are some famous hotels, lots of tall office buildings, the Vancouver Central Library and a Cathedral. At the bottom end is the Rogers Stadium (although I am not sure if this is called the Rogers Stadium or the British Columbia Place Stadium - it seems to ... read more
The Vancouver Lookout
Trump Building
Vancouver Central Library

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 29th 2018

We discovered last night that the hotel had some cycles that we can use for two hours for no cost. We had been planning to go to Stanley Park, which is very near to the hotel, and cycling seemed like an excellent way to see it. There were only three cycles available at first so we did something else for what while and when we went back, perfect, there were four. The park is a lot bigger than we were expecting and the cycle route around the perimeter is about 12km. By the time we had cycled round with stops at the totem-poles, for some photos and for a quick brunch, it was just about two hours on the nail. It worked really well cycling in the park as there were separate paths for pedestrians, cyclists ... read more
Bicycle
Flags in Stanley Park
Rogers Stadium

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 28th 2018

A virtual bungee-jump (see ) is all very well, but in Whistler we spotted that there is an opportunity for the real thing. After a lot of “Shall I, shan’t I”, I eventually decided that I shall and so I booked it on line - I know that I would regret it if I didn’t take the opportunity whilst I could. There were spaces at 11.30am. It was, sadly, our last day in Whistler so we checked out of the hotel and headed to where the jumps take place, which, conveniently, was on the way to Vancouver, where we were heading to next. It meant driving a couple of miles up a rough and bumpy dirt-track so we all felt ill even before any bungee-jumping. The jump site was a bridge high over a river, which ... read more
Mount Tantalus Glacier
Hotel View
Curry

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 26th 2018

Saturday Aug 18 We had a great night’s sleep and a leisurely breakfast. Around 11:30, we got on the Skytrain and headed downtown to the waterfront. Far better than taking the car, maybe we’ll get to like the Ottawa light rail after it begins operation in December? The Star Princess was waiting for us and we began the slow process of getting on board. Three large cruise ships were leaving today, and US Customs computers were down, causing a bit of a wait. Against all rules, Ferdy packed a bottle of Scotch in his suitcase, which turned out to be no problem, our suitcases were delivered to our room intact, and with our booze. It wasn’t long before we got to meet our Australian friends on board and do some catching up. Departure was cool against ... read more
Ferdy and Star Princess
Departing Vancouver




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