Monday, May 19, 2014
Our Trip to the City
We returned home last Friday from a week long vacation in Vancouver, BC., where we had both lived for nearly 30 years. Some things had changed in the 2 years since I'd last been there. Most had stayed the same. We stayed in a timeshare on the 22nd floor and this was one view outside the window in our breakfast nook. The glass building on the bottom right is the courthouse.
Most mornings started out quite hazy and quickly cleared to reveal clear, blue skies and we were blessed with gorgeous summer weather for our entire stay. This was the view to the west, also from our breakfast nook window. The church on the bottom right has been a fixture in Vancouver for decades. The highrise in the centre is a hotel and to the left, the red brick building is a hospital.
We were amazed by the noticable absence of traffic. We put it down to high gas prices, parking costs, and better public transit options than were available when we lived there.
We didn't have a vehicle ourselves so we did a lot of walking. We went until we were physically spent and then we went some more. We visited most of our favourite haunts, dined on fabulous food, and drank in all the sights and sounds of city living.
A few friends met with us in our temporary home one evening and it was great to reconnect in person, share a hug and a few laughs. The Frenchman's two daughters joined us often and we were pleased to be able to enjoy their company.
We spent way too much money, bought a few things we don't really need, and ate all the foods we can't get at home - mainly fresh seafood and several ethnic treats. All in all, it was a great trip and we're happy to be home again.