Monday, June 11, 2012

Train to Vancouver! (Now Where Was I?) 12


Life is what our character wants it to be.
We fashion it as a snail fashions its shell.
           Jules Renard


OK; after these last couple of weeks I need to go back to my memories of Vancouver. Join me if you like. I need to remember sunshine (yes no rain I think we lucked out,) the beautiful snow-capped mountains, the surrounding salt water, and of course the hustle and bustle of a city I truly love to visit.

When we arrived at our hotel I could not wait for that long anticipated shower to soothe my tired bones. The plan was after my shower (which was truly wonderfully relaxing by the way) M and I would head off to explore the city. I just had to lie down on that soft, comfortable, non-moving bed for a moment and close my eyes.


When I awoke a couple of hours later I glanced over to see M sleeping so I threw a blanket over top of her, left her a note, grabbed the room key and headed outside into the sunshine, fresh ocean air and the hustle bustle of the city. The very first thing I did was look up and stare at those beautiful magnificent snow-capped mountains, the views that always make my heart skip a beat, there it goes again.


I wander the streets and back alleys to get a feel for this area that I have never explored. Robson St. seems to be all about shopping, shopping, and more shopping. I am not much of a shopper but I truly did enjoy the hot cup of coffee at a Starbucks (there seems to be a lot of those) on the patio, my chair facing the mountains. I watch as the very well dressed shoppers, young and old, walk at a leisurely pace up and down with shopping bags with an assortment of designer logos. Interesting.

I make my way back to the Listel Hotel, a very funky artsy hotel that I truly enjoyed. The art work on the walls and the sculptures and statues making it feel like an art gallery. The complimentary delicious plate of fruit they brought to our room after our long journey did not hurt either (A tip: if you do go to a fancy hotel go off season, you will be surprised at the great deals you can find). We picked this hotel for its location and for comfort and safety, we were quite happy with our choice. I would truly stay their again, off season of course.


M was still sleeping but I gently shook her foot (Ok maybe not gently, I wanted to get going) and said lets go find something to eat and explore. She jumped up and we headed off. We walked for blocks and blocks, on instinct we naturally headed for the water and found ourselves in front of the beautiful Olympic Cauldron and where the Olympics were held. It was so beautiful and I remembered watching all the excitement on TV during those Olympic Games. What a incredible sight. 
I could barely pull my eyes away from the mountain views. This has truly always been what it is all about for me, the mountains and the exquisite views. We became so involved in our environment we had almost forgotten how hungry we were. I do not for the life of me remember where we ate. The water and mountains had drawn us into its clutches and held our attention tightly. We took lots of photos to enjoy later.


It was so nice to have so much freedom after the confinement of the four nights on the train. We found ourselves wandering till the sun was gone and all the street lights, and traffic lights were illuminating the sky. We headed back to our hotel and that nice soft, fluffy pillow and non-swaying bed. We both could not wait for a real sleep in a real bed. The morning would start early the plans were set.
 First; Capilano Canyon and Suspension Bridge, we decided on that one because we were both terrified of crossing the bridge over the Canyon so it seemed like the perfect place to start and there was also a free shuttle bus. Conquer your fears. Second; the Emily Carr exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery just because I admire her work and after a day of real trees we will see her interpretation of them. I absolutely adore trees.

Later. 

11 comments:

  1. Oh I do enjoy reading about your holiday. Sounds absolutely perfect!!!
    I think you are a true nature girl at heart aren't you? :))
    I can't wait to see your next instalment.

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  2. It sounds like such a delightful trip you had. Love all the pictures.

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  3. Non-swaying beds, what a novel thought! I hope your dreams were still, as well!

    Looking forward to the next installment.

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  4. beautiful pictures...sounds and looks like such a wonderful place to visit.

    the mountain shot with the city at its base and the plane in the sky...wow!! love that!!

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  5. i bet that shower felt like heaven. :) i love the deep blues in that last photo, offset by the reds. really lovely.

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  6. If there ever was a complete need for a promo for Vancouver - this post of yours is it - through your camera lens it is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  7. You really are taking us all on a wonderful trip and I thank you!

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  8. A wonderful city in a gorgeous place. Glad your train trip went so well.

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  9. I will never conquer my fear of suspension bridges. I take that back. I WILL once I learn how to fly. :)

    I do love Vancouver, an amazing mix of mountains and ocean. And I would have gone to see the Emily Carr exhibit. For sure I would have done that!

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  10. I am terrified of heights but I did 'white knuckle' it across the Capilano Bridge. When I got to the other side, if I could have climbed down to the water and up the other bank, I would have. Needless to say I had to 'white knuckle' it back, and my husband took lots of pictures to prove it!!! Never again. I do love Vancouver though. DS#2 lives one block from the beach--heaven.

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  11. How lovely! What a great city in which to explore! I enjoyed the post very much!

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