Wednesday, June 27, 2012

our ten-year trip


we finally took a little trip last weekend to celebrate our 10 year anniversary in April.  we’re prompt like that.


we went to Vancouver BC.

lots of road trip time in the car and on a train.

lots of exploring walking everywhere because we’re too cheap for cabs.

LOTS of food.  I’m feelin’ it.

lots of relaxing.  maybe that’s why I’m feelin’ it.


Our cute hotel

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We were blessed by a friend giving us a gift certificate for the train trip as well as the hotel!  The St. Regis Hotel was established in 1913, though it under went an extreme renovation a few years ago, making it a modern boutique hotel on the inside.  It was very nice, but I did not bring a wide angle lens, so you’ll have to go to the link above to see what it’s like inside.  Plus it has a real Starbucks in the building, so it is obviously the best hotel in the city.  =)

The city was pretty…

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I loved all the copper rooftops.  That’s what the pale green is- copper ages with that green patina.  <3

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The Christ Church Cathedral above left is one of the oldest buildings in the city.


These crocheted (knitted?) socks were put over the bike racks so they wouldn’t scratch the bikes – how clever…


We visited their huge library (395,000 card holders) which was built to mimic Rome’s coliseum…


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I don’t understand how that sign relates to the library, but I love it.  What words?  Am I being blonde?

We ate so much yummy food while we were there, and I only took this food photo of our first meal…


This was Greek chicken and rice and salad, from a tiny hole-in-the-wall place only large enough for two people to stand inside the door and order.  The Greek owners were so sweet.  I wasn't brave enough to try the creamy stuff, but the rice was so flavorful and the chicken perfect and the oil-based salad dressing was ah-mazing.  Also, the real lemonade had mint leaves in it and was SO refreshing!  Must try that this summer.  Oh wait, it is summer.  I forgot because it is gloomy outside.  In June.  So lame.

For the highlight of our trip (unless you consider eating the highlight – which I might), we headed out of Downtown, across the Lions Gate Bridge (which really had lions at each end), past Stanley Park and the Aquarium (we never made it there), to a different part of town called North Vancouver…




This seems to be the newer, corporate side of town, where people flock from all over the world to make their livings (80% of people in this city came from somewhere else, rather than being raised here).  We didn’t spend any time in this part of town.  Our destination was beyond the hustle and bustle of the city.  But there are so many pictures of that destination that my mom wouldn’t be able to download them all in one post, so I’ll put them in a separate post tomorrow!  =)

On our to the train station to head home, we visited Chinatown…


We didn’t have time to go in this park which looked beautiful…


The train station was in an old, industrial part of town…


But the inside was old and huge and gorgeous.  If we hadn't almost missed our train, I would have taken lots of pictures in there. 

Anyway, that was the city portion of our trip.  I’ll be back to share the rest tomorrow. 


1 comment:

  1. FUN! Glad you are sharing pics of your trip.