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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Vancouver here we are!

failing to get excited....... big spread out city and not rated even as good as calgary or most of the others visited, in my opinion.  highlights were 'stanley park' virtue of the fact that you could walk through forests within the park with hidden streams and lakes.  also whilst walking through the city, which is still being built, a whole community of homeless people literally everywhere selling there fine wares to passer-bys.  we were suddenly transformed on to the set of 'resident evil'.  these zombies seemed friendly though!
david, who emma will talk more of, was a pleasure to meet and we enjoyed his company.
the other highlight was climbing 'grouse mountain'.  i felt bad leaving em to hike on her own up the mountain which had several gradients of 45 degrees, but it was easier for us both to make our separate attempts.

at last at the top we find a grizzly bear, i had to get emma to throw an apple at him to make him charge and get a better shot.
and the real story.......trapped like only humans now how....for the delight of onlookers and the skiers who contribute to all the natural wildlifes demise.  at least canada is so vast they live peacefully elsewhere.  
we are conveniently situated downtown but theres little here in terms of real retail, nothing inspirational for me in vancouver but maybe we will check out the much spoke of sunshine coast and vancouver island, they sound a world apart and can offer the prettier terain we prefer.
maybe vancouver would be a place to revisit after the olympics.

I've tried to make vancouver look as good as possible by highlighting and exposing for some clouds!

Over to Em......

We left Calgary at 6.30pm one night and arrived in Vancouver a mere 13 hours later! The Greyhound was great, but an all night journey is probably not to be recommended.  Feeling a bit tired and jaded we found our way around Vancouver - the waterfront, china town and the old 'gas town' quarter.  I must admit that the massive homeless issue was very disturbing and awful to see. It was truly like a whole other world.
Hilda - the lady we are living with is great, very friendly and interested in lots of things. It is good to be in a 'home' again.
Stanley park is a super place to get some excercise and fresh air. Interesting that we have now returned to Autumn, having been in 'Winter' in the Rockies.
We have been lucky and had mostly sunny days here, with the temperature getting to an acceptable level!
The more I see of Vancouver the more I like it - still no real 'wow' factor though.
We went to see 'James Bond' on the opening day - I enjoyed every moment, the cinema was packed. Great fun. 
Matt & I had 'deer' stir fry too - great taste. Hilda has some land,a few hours away and this deer was killed and so they gave her some of the meat.  Bud-fox will be pleased Matts palate contines to be developed.
On Sunday we were picked up by a David (a friend of a very lovely Norfolk friend) who has lived in Vancouver a long time, but hails from Norwich.  He took us out to Horsehoe Bay and treated us to lunch. David is such a lovely man and wonderful company - we hope to see him again soon.
As Matt said we completed the 'Grouse Grind' which is the walk up Grouse Mountain. It's not a long walk but a big climb - the elevation gain is 853m (2,800 feet) and about 60% is at a 40 degree angle. Matt 'the whippet' Forster steamed ahead, leaving me to my own pace, to see more Deer close up, a beautiful waterfall and
to Ivan the Mexican, who was very keen to help me! We enjoyed the cable car back down the mountain - it was stunning to see the island lit up at night.  We then made our way home via the seabus and skytrain. 
And so to the next place...........
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mumanddavid on

Vancouver - a bit to 'grouse' about!
Well, after the Rockies I suppose anything is going to be a bit of a 'let down'. But places do gradually grow on you. Surprised by the number of homeless. Great to see you met Lyndsey's friend David. Think we should be considering Matt 'the whippet' Forster for the 2012 Olympics!
As always great pics and 'news' from you both. x

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