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Sep 18, 2018 - Vancouver

A lovely day so it was a toss-up between the Waterfront, Stanley Park or Grouse Mountain. The Waterfront, Gastown, Chinatown won because they were easier to get to. There was lots of walking & I hope the photos show that Vancouver is a beautiful city in an outstanding setting.

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Sep 16, 2018 - Victoria to Vancouver

Today’s ferry was at 11:00 am. I had to check-in at 10:00 am & was only 20 minutes from the ferry terminal so no need for an early start. This is a very busy route & ferries go about every hour although I heard someone say that this ferry was full. The trip takes about 90 minutes which went by very quickly because the scenery was changing all the time as we wove our way through the islands. It was overcast but didn’t rain which was a blessing because I chose to drive the direct route from the ferry to the campground which took me through...

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Sep 7, 2018 - Soldiering On

September 7, 2018 Day 31 Vancouver, BC I woke up hot around 2 AM last night. Opened windows. Still some ambient noise but the construction work seemed to have stopped but I didn’t get back to sleep until probably 5, then the construction started up again at 7. We took the Skytrain down to the water front in the morning. Plan was for a bus tour. There were actually 2 tours which overlapped to some degree but we could get the Park Tour for only $15 more if we booked the City Tour so that is what we did. Between the garage adventure yesterday...

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Sep 7, 2018 - A busy day with a change of plans

On Saturday, Sunny had to catch the morning ferry to Victoria and we thought it best for her to drop me at Sharon and Allen's on the way instead of them coming for me. Sharon had invited us to lunch so sunny could meet them. When we got there they had found out that there was a big cycle race on the route to Whistler and the road would be closed. The only sensible thing to do was to leave later than planned and therefore better for everyone if I slept at their place. With that agreed, and after an excellent lunch, Sunny a I left for the...

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Sep 6, 2018 - Tough Day

September 6, 2018 Day 30 Vancouver, BC This ended up being the most challenging day of the trip. Caitlyn’s back had been bothering her to one degree or another since she had arrived. So she agreed that before we headed to Canada where her insurance wouldn’t be of any value, we should stop at the urgent care center right next to the hotel. They checked her out, we got a prescription filled, and were off to Vancouver by noon time. I had realized I wasn’t gong to have phone or texting service in Canada but it didn’t click I also wasn’t going...

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Sep 6, 2018 - Walking around the rest of Vancouver with Sunny

Another great day both weatherwise and in being shown around by Sunny. I moved across to her apartment around mid morning and we left on our walking tour which started at a delicious bakery and coffee shop. We then headed down to the waterfront and walked up the other side of the peninsula to yesterday. The laughing buddahs are wonderful and something I would have missed by myself. The seal was a bonus and you can see from the photos the other interesting sights. We completed the loop ending at the point of Stanley Park I had reached...

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Sep 5, 2018 - Art gallery and walking all over

For those of you who are not interested in art you may wish to jump to the last couple of paragraphs. The art gallery is currently being built on a new large site to accommodate pictures, education and lecture rooms and conservation areas. The current gallery, I was disappointed to find, has no permanent collection but I was so lucky to find they had the David Milne exhibition curated by the Dulwich Gallery and which I had seen a few month ago. It was as interesting to see the second time round and I could take photos as well, not allowed...

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Sep 4, 2018 - Vancouver

The 9.5 hour flight went well although I didn't sleep as much as I would have liked. Sunny picked me up in the huge Land Rover a friend has lent her and we got to my Airbnb room around 1pm. The room is ok for two nights but clearly owned by a young man whom I briefly met last night. However, I have my own bathroom which is new and lots of hot water. The weather is wonderful, about the 24 degrees and promising to be the same today (Wednesday, am writing this before starting my day). Sunny and I had a quick bite to eat at a homely Chinese...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Vancouver, Grouse Mountain

We did not walk up Grouse Mountain, but opted for the skytrain, I can't believe how many fit in it, upwards of 50 people. Bit foggy today, so couldn't see much, listened to a talk on the resident bears, they came so close to the fence, very timid, doing their thaang. On the way down, sharing the skytrain with very sweaty people, eeew.

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Alaska, Canada, Fiji

Sep 2, 2018 - Vancouver, Hop on hop off bus

Lots to see on the hop on hop off bus. Two key areas I wanted to explore were Granville Island and Gastown. Beautiful around Stanley Park, must get off to see totem poles. Passing through Kitslano, driver said that this is the home of Lululemon, then off we get at Granville Island. Lots of market stalls, fresh food, dried food, arts and crafts. Tried some hot salmon jerky, very hot and tasty. Got an iced wellness tea and some berries/grapes, and some shopping, of course, then back on the bus. Went through the city, through Chinatown, then...

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Alaska, Canada, Fiji

Sep 1, 2018 - Driving to Vancouver

Today was our long road trip from Port McNeill to Vancouver. Drove down to Nanaimo, then caught the ferry across to Horseshoe Bay (1.5 hours), then a short drive to Vancouver. We are close to Stanley Park, corner of Robson and Denman Streets, very close to downtown, but busy with cafes and stores where we are. Walked downtown, to see buses that look like trams, and trams that look like buses. Caught the trambus home.

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Alaska, Canada, Fiji

Aug 8, 2018 - Discovering Vancouver

As many of you know our goal, in retirement, is to visit every state in the U.S. since we retired in 2007. Our rule is that we must spend at least 2 nights in the state, no drive throughs, in order for that state to be counted. We were very reluctant, on many levels, to drive to Alaska, which is our final state to visit so early this year we booked a cruise to Alaska along with Brandon. We were cruising out of Vancouver, British Columbia and we took the opportunity to see it by arriving earlier than needed. We booked an early flight so we...

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