I love travel. It's an opportunity to see how others live, experience new places and best of all, try new food. This past week found me north of the border in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. This was my third trip to these parts, but the first time that I have spent more than a few hours exploring this beautiful city. The last two times I was there, I quickly headed up to Whistler Mountain. I am so glad that I had the opportunity this past week to spend it all in Vancouver. When you arrive in Canada, you realize that although you are close to the United States, you feel a billion miles away. Entering the country, you are met with an almost European like scenery. The gorgeous mountains surround the water while the city sits on an island like atmosphere. There are tall skyscrapers surrounding beautiful churches, buildings, and waterfront scenery. I was there for six days and had the chance to absorb quite a bit of this incredible city.
The first night we arrived, we came upon an interesting sight. Evidently the TV show "The Flash" was being filmed outside of our hotel. Fun to watch, explosions and all. Vancouver is becoming quite the hub of film production. The US Dollar is doing well up there, so I guess folks are migrating out of Hollywood.
There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities in Vancouver and her surrounding areas. The days saw us going up in a seaplane, visiting museums and walking across a suspension bridge 250 feet in the air at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (https://www.capbridge.com). This experience took me several tries before I went across the suspension bridge. It was surprisingly hard work to get across having to wade through multiple groups of tourists stopping right in the middle to take their selfies. I was afraid to look down on the way across, but as this is the only way in and out of the rest of the park, I stopped on the way back to gaze at how high up I really was.
Our days continued with good weather (which is a rarity in Vancouver), good food and fun experiences. On one of our last days in the city, we decided to try out the Granville Island Market. This was definitely one of the highlights of the city. Taking the water taxi to the island affords you a great view of the everyday hustle and bustle. It also alleviates you having to find a parking spot which is rumored to be difficult.
Stepping into the Public Market was a sensory overload. Whatever food you could think of had a vendor or multiple vendors. I saw rows and rows of beautiful fruit, meats, cheeses, and best of all bakery goods. The macaroons were to die for. After eating our way through the market, we ended our day by walking back to our hotel and calling it a night.
I can't wait until I have the chance to visit this beautiful city again. It left a lot of memories implanted in my mind. I will always think of the wonderful time I had across the border.
Until My Next Adventure,
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