Here we are in Vancouver......site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. We arrived on the ferry via the Georgia Strait. Fab weather. The ferry was nevr far from land so it was picturesque. Booked into the hotel Century Plaza. The view from the 19th floor room was great. Only one bed this time but it was the size of a football field. To speak we either had to use a map to trek across the divide or phone each other !!!!
First full day we went to the Capilano park. This is a drive out of town. Its a large area with a canyon, forests, high level walkways and a huge suspension bridge.
Having paid to get in Jill said she wasn't sure about the bridge !! It's long, it's high and it sways like being on board a ship in choppy seas. Deep breath and go for it. As usual the view was stunning. People were canoeing in the water below us.
Then off to the airport to drop off the hire car. Everything in Canada is easy. Two miles from airport and there are signs saying 'Hire cars this way'. Straight into the car park , dropped off the car then follow the signs to the Skytrain and back to downtown Vancouver......watch and learn Heathrow !!!
Had a wander round the city......Irish pubs everywhere. We found a pub with a micro brewery.....as you drink it they brew it.
Second day..we had a freebie voucher for the Hop on Hop off bus. We've used them in loads of city and think they are a cool way to get around. Anyway we hopped on and hopped off at Stanley Park. Jill said we should walk around the sea wall. Apparently its lovely and there are tea shops along the way. Well, it is lovely but all the tea shops were shut. So 10 kms and we are gagging. There are two paths, one for walkers and one for cyclists and skaters.
Joking apart it was a lovely scenic walk. We ended up at Englishmens bay were we got a sarnie in the 7/11 and went to the waterfront. We sat on a long tree trunk and were instantly surrounded by seagulls after our food. Noisy w***s, especially when you don't give them anything.
We then hopped back on the bus to Canada Place. Hopped off and walked into Gas Town. Saw the 'Steam clock'. We walked around and sent a pressie home for Blake and Riley.
One minute we were walking amongst shops then suddenly we were in skid row. It was like walking on to the set of 'Night of the living dead'. Emaciated people with lifeless eyes and 3 teeth get approaching you with outstretched arms saying' Can you spare some change'. There were people just sleeping on the footpath. Across the road open drug dealing. We didn't stay long !! It was beer O'clock.
After dinner that night we went back to the hotel, laid i bed with a glass of wine and the curtains open looking at the neon skyline.
Next we are catching the bus to Seattle. So it's good bye to Canada.
It's been a fabulous two weeks. The Canadians are sooooo friendly and the country is spectacular.