Visiting Vancouver

Just came back from a Singapore flight at 1am this morning, and after watching too much TV and snacking on tea and toast, I couldn’t fall back asleep…I have resorted to blogging instead! 

Stunning Sunset Downtown (at about 10pm mind you)

Stunning Sunset Downtown (at about 10pm mind you)

Towards the end of our time in North America,  James surprised me by organising a mid week holiday from our holiday in Vancouver City! We caught a bus and a train there and our hotel was beautiful, we had an executive room on the top floor! Fancy 😉 After dropping our bags off, we set out to explore the city and so James could show me around (he’s already been a few times and therefore was in charge!) We went shopping at all our favourite shops, ones that are in Dubai but the styles are a lot more Western in Canada and therefore more suited to my taste! Hollister, Aldo (I bought shoes, can you believe it? I’m not a “shoe” girl. probably the only one on the planet!) and my favourite new shop ever….David’s Tea. It is like a Canadian version of T2 in Australia, but I felt it was a lot more playful and fresh, suited at younger tea connoisseurs such as myself 😉 I must’ve spent at least $100 on tea, and even though it seemed extravagant, I ended up going back before we flew home just to stock up on some more because we had consumed almost my entire selection in a few short days! My favourite tea is “Movie Night” a mix of dried apple, cinnamon, vanilla and REAL BUTTERED POPCORN green tea. Out of this world! I also stocked up on Glitter and Gold (a traditional black tea with gold flakes), Caramel Corn (limited edition), Cinnamon Heart, Queen of Tarts and Chai on Life! Not only are the names exquisite, but they taste and look beautiful! I would move to Vancouver in a heartbeat just for David’s Tea alone 😀

Ready to explore the city!

Ready to explore the city!

This lunch.....

This lunch…..

 

To break up our visits between shops, we had lunch at a cute gastro pub called ” The Lamplighters,  where funnily enough James was recommended this place last time we were here! I had a Roast Beef French Dip, and James had the Turkey Sub. May I just add that a French Dip is like a Roast Beef roll, but instead of having the gravy inside and making the whole thing soggy, these clever Canadians put their gravy as a dip! Genius! All of this was washed down with some apple cider. Perfection! The evening was spent running to the movies because I made us late (I got lost) and then enjoying 22 Jump Street whilst snacking on Burger King IN THE CINEMA that we did not have to sneak in 😉

Beautiful Vancouver Harbour

Beautiful Vancouver Harbour

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Our second day in the city, we decided to rent bikes and then ride around the city and Stanley Park, a beautiful nature reserve in the middle of the city! It has an aquarium in the middle, lots of activities and animals, too! We even saw a coyote that was on the news, because they are apparently quite uncommon during the day in the city! I was a nerd and wore my helmet most of the time (you are meant to, by Canadian law) and James was hooning around doing wheelies, as per usual 😛 The rest of the day, we rode around the city, tired ourselves out, ate Japanese (did you know that Vancouver is the #1 city in the world for Japanese food other than Japan itself? Well worth it!).  That night we went to the Vancouver Lookout tower and rode a glass lift on the outside of  the tower up to the top floor where we had some yummy cocktails and good conversation. After that, we went for dinner at a nice restaurant called the Poor House, and I loved it because a) our waiter picked my meal for me when I was confused and b) it looked like a speak easy straight out of The Great Gatsby! I’m not ashamed to say that we saw 22 Jump Street again! (such a funny movie, even if I fell asleep the second time around)

The next day was the 4th of July (Happy Birthday America) and we journeyed to Seattle in Washington (USA) to experience some magic and the outlet malls! Such a lovely day, finished off with eating pizza in White Rock and watching the train and fireworks whizz by 😀

My friends the Canadian Geese! Fly away home!

My friends the Canadian Geese! Fly away home!

 A very misleading sign, there were no salmon :(

A very misleading sign, there were no salmon 😦

SQUIRREL!!

SQUIRREL!!

View of Vancouver from Stanley Park

View of Vancouver from Stanley Park

White Rock

White Rock

Fish and Chips in White Rock!

Fish and Chips in White Rock!

The holiday posts are coming to a close soon, and I’ll be back to blogging about my recent layovers: Paris (Versailles) and Singapore, and what’s been happening in Dubai..I am on reserve this month so the layovers may very well be few and far between 😐 Wish me luck! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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