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It's actually not that easy to visit Antarctica. First you have to book a tour - there are no do-it-yourself spontaneous possibilities as far as I know, no airports, hotels or take-out restaurants. Second, you really do need to spend some time preparing for this singular experience. I booked my trip a year and a half ago, and have thus had lots of time to prepare.
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One of the city's busiest pubs we enjoyed a glass of one of their Craft Beers. Nothing outstanding, have had better but a great atmosphere and wonderful old building.
A premium tea retailer offering over 130 high quality teas from around the world. We tasted Sunny Citrus Herbal Tea , a refreshing citrus blend was very different but enjoyable. Would like to try more of this.
Trees Organic Coffee
We didn't try ...
... million lights. There were stalls for food and mulled wine. Riley had his Santa photo taken here. Like the suspension bridge, the photos just don't do it justice at all.
The next stop was Bright Lights at Stanley Park. After taking a bit of a roundabout way to look at decorated houses in the swanky parts of town, we had a quick visit there. It didn't really compare to the gardens, plus the highlight would've been ...
... but during the time I was ill I seemed to turn it up to 11. Above any beyond the usual walking into things/knocking things over the first thing I did was burn my finger on the element in the oven. I know, idiot. It was so hot that I burned away god knows how many layers of skin and the bits that were still there were black and white with charring. Nice. I still have a hole in my finger now but it’s getting better.
The second thing was totally priceless. I was watching ...
... waters, islands and mountains as we headed back to town. We gave the hire car back and then reconvened to wander down to Canada Place as Jamie had been recommended for us to see Fly Over Canada. OMG - if your'e here - DO IT! An IMAX-type theater that shows aerial views from the East Coast back to the West Coast. Fan-stonking-tastic. We all said we could have gone through over and over again - it was SO COOL!!! You fly over Canada - you really do! Well, it sure felt ...