Friday, October 30, 2009

Vancouver, eh? - Part 1

We just returned from four days in lovely Vancouver, Canada. Some friends invited us to go and see the U2 concert. I was absolutely delighted with this wonderful city! Wonderful views, great shopping, delicious food and did I mention we were sans kids? (Although I would love to return with the family someday.) The city will host the winter Olympics this coming February and the Olympic spirit was definitely in the air! It was a great time. Here are some highlights of our trip:
The very first night after we arrived the hotel notified us that our rental car was broken into. Someone smashed in the back window hoping to find our friend's GPS machine only to steal the window mount and cord. Welcome to the city!

The next morning we woke up bright and early to catch the ferry over to Vancouver Island. We parked our (new) rental car on the ferry and settled in for a one and half hour ride over to the island.

We killed the time playing Quiddler - until we saw the views outside!
We passed through several smaller islands until we reached Vancouver Island.

Downtown Victoria
We visited the Buchart Gardens. Amazingly beautiful! I can only imagine what they look like in full bloom!





That night we ate at a Hibachi grill. Rumor has it Bono and the band were eating in the restaurant next door! And we almost went there!! Our new Canadian friends, the Thompsons took this picture. He runs a whale watching boat and gave us his card. Now that would be a fun thing to do with the kids, eh?
More to come!

5 comments:

Rachel said...

Is that Maggie Gyllenhall? Seriously. She looks just like her!

Ann Mitchell said...

We went to Victoria on the way home from our Alaskan cruise a couple of years ago! BeAuTiFuL!!!

Diana Beck McCarty said...

How fun! Vancouver is by far one of my fav cities ever--loved it!

The Harrises said...

When do you sleep? Really? Those pictures are absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to visit Vancouver. You guys definitely sold us on it. Mat's been to that garden and he said he would take me some day.

KatiK said...

Love Vancouver Island--we went to Victoria for our honeymoon. The Buchart Gardens are amazing. What a fun trip! Isn't it amazing how quickly four days of fun can fly by? Looked like you had a blast!