In a word...beautiful. We had such a great time and enjoyed the less hot weather, although it was still quite warm and humid. We had a wonderful rainstorm the first full day there and then the weather remained beautiful until the last day when we had a drizzle again.
The skies were so Blue and everything was GREEN.
This was just the change these two California kids were looking for.
We enjoyed A Midsummer Night's Dream at the annual Bard on the Beach Festival with Krista, Felicity and their husbands and then a yummy dinner at Kit's Beach. As always, it is so fun to meet bloggy friends and actually talk in person. After one day together, we felt like old friends.
We watched the annual Canada Day parade and enjoyed the Fly Over Canada ride at Canada Place. This is a ride developed by Disney. There is one at Disneyland called Fly Over California, too. It is a beautifully photographed show that makes you feel like you are flying over all the provinces of Canada, complete with wind and mist in your face. I loved it!
Cactus Club Cafe quickly became our favorite hangout. We enjoyed watching the World Cup soccer games in their bar, grabbing a drink or a bite to eat and watching the sunset. Vancouver had some beautiful sunsets while we were there. Another highlight was sharing a table with a couple and realizing we had so much in common. She was a Vancouver Island dentist and he was from Orange County. We talked for 2.5 hours and hope we can meet up with them again. It's not totally out of the realm of possibilities since there is a possibility they will be making a permanent move to Orange County.
We visited Granville Island where the market was the highlight for me. The fresh food and flowers, cheeses and ready to eat food was all so beautifully displayed. Next time we'd like to do a food tour at the market.
We went on a walking food tour of Vancouver where we were able to visit 5 restaurants and taste their specialties.
We biked all around Stanley Park, taking in the coastline and the majestic forests. There were some really pretty gardens along the route, too.
We tasted beer at Granville Island Brewery and some new to us drinks, like sangria with a bellini in it.We ate street food. The Japadog was so delicious. It is a sausage made from the "Kobe beef" of pork, Korobuta, topped with onions fried in butter, a special sauce and seaweed. It really was outstanding.
Our final day was spent at Grouse Mountain, where we rode the gondola to the mountain and then a chair lift to the top. It was another beautiful view, but this was when the weather was not quite as clear as earlier in the week, so we had to imagine it on a day with blue skies. They keep two orphaned grizzly bears there in a habitat, and we saw one of them sleeping. I wish they would have been walking about.
We spent our last night in GasTown and look forward to returning to Vancouver and discovering even more of what the area has to offer.