Saturday, July 28, 2012

 Vancouver

Christina and I flew to Seattle last week, rented a car (with our friends Erin and Aaron) and immediately drove three hours to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for our friends Ginny and Dwight's wedding. We stopped in Bellingham, WA for lunch at a brewery on the drive up.

Soon after arriving at our hotel in downtown Vancouver (a stones throw from the BC Center pictured above) we drove to Grouse Mountain so Christina and Erin could meet Ginny to rehearse for the wedding scheduled for the next day. With some time to burn, Aaron and I drove a few minutes away and hiked near the North Vancouver reservoir at Capilano River Park and Cleveland Dam. Very picturesque. 

After the rehearsal we took the girls back to the park for a quick photo (above, left to right: Christina, Erin, Emily) then joined the rest Ginny and Dwight's friends and family in town for the wedding at the Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball game. Fun idea for a rehearsal dinner!

Friday, while the girls got ready and took pictures, Aaron and I used bikes from the hotel. We went through downtown and around the edge of Stanley Park. Soon after it was time to catch the shuttle to the wedding at Grouse Mountain. Wedding was wonderful, albeit very foggy. More about all that in a separate post.

Saturday we all got out on the town. In the morning we walked around Granville Island. A huge market with restaurants, art galleries and a marina. It was fun to have a bunch of friends along on the trip to do things with.
In the afternoon Christina, Kristen and I biked to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese GardenWe took a tour and learned so much. Not just about the the first authentic garden of it's kind out of China, but also about 15th Century Chinese culture. We walked around the adjoining public park and some of Chinatown before we biked through Gastown and stopped for donuts at the Canadian equivalent of Dunkin' Donuts, Tim Hortons. In the evening we walked a couple miles down the busy shopping/restaurant district on Robson Street. Later we had a fun sushi dinner.

Before leaving Canada on Sunday we walked around the VanDusen Botanical Garden. It was really beautiful. The welcome center appeared brand new and very modern. It was a great way to leave the wonderful city of Vancouver. The Elizabethan hedge maze was a lot of fun to go through! Monkey puzzle tree close up below.

Our friends Erin and Aaron had a flight out of Seattle Sunday evening so we went back to the USA.

1 comment:

laehmc said...

i love your photo's and commentary! i am living vicariously~!and love it!