11 August 2011

Holiday Part 2 - Vancouver

I dont remember much about Vancouver actually. Between Seattle & Vancouver, i seemed to remember seattle better. But looking thru the pictures, vancouver seemed more interesting

We took a 3hours plus train to Vancouver from Seattle early morning. Its a nice train ride with free wifi on board. If you intend to do the same too, remember to go to the train station early to get the tickets cuz its hassle - First, queue to get physical ticket, then join the second queue to get seat number. Therafter, join the third queue to check in the luggage. Also, bring breakfast cuz there's no cafes at the train station, only coin operated snack machines.

Granville Island @ Vancouver! i love this place. Its basically a marketplace with fresh foods , eateries and buskers. Take the river taxi over to the 'island' which is like a 5 minutes leisurely ride.

Stanley Park - another major attraction. Its basically this huge nature reserve park. People over that side of the world seem to prefer hanging out at the parks /in nature rather than in malls. The city centre is pretty quiet on weekends and parks are filled with pple. We sighted racoons & squirrels - they are not scared of ppl it seems (there's tyre looking at the squirrel scurry by him)

While browsing at souvenir shops, i keep seeing figures (similar to the picture below on right). Was wondering what's that major attraction and must see. While strolling along stanely park, we finally chanced upon it. Aint much to look at.
Gastown is one of the historical places to visit in vancouver. Basically nice quaint shops lined the cobblestone streets. Quite a nice place to wander around with many souveneir shops. The famous steam clock (bottom right) is a major attraction in gastown - a small tower that emits steam. I would have missed if it not for the throng of crowd busy snapping pictures of it. Gastown is a few blocks away from the unsavory part of town, so be careful not to wander off tracks - we almost did but tyre spotted many dodgy looking pple and we u-turned.

The world trade center - the famous thing about this is the architecture - the building is modeled like a ship with sails.

Whistler moutains. This i enjoied the most in Vancouver. We took a day trip up to the moutains via the coach - took us about 2 hours to get there. Its beautiful & picturesque. Its a ski resort town actually but in the summertime, the slopes become a playground for cyclists. Its prettier and has better vibes than Zermatt in Switzerland.

We had some time to spare, in fact lots since we are not cycling, nor taking the cable car, so we took the ATV thingy - bascially, a 3 hours tour on the atv up into the moutains. Its pretty fun - we sighted a deer and bear.

Trip to vancouver's not complete without good food. We chanced upon this fantastic ramen shop along robson street (robson street is the main shopping street in city centre)

We also tried dim sum at Imperial - it was listed as one of the places to go for chinese food on the guidebook. Its was average only.

After seattle, we were craving very badly for chinese food and we went to Hon's. Tyre wanted chinese food so badly that he googled for this. Portions where huge and we finished them all!! Not bad for a hearty meal.

Next stop - LA!

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