My travels

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Greetings from Vancouver. I arrived on Sunday after a journey across the pacific with AirNZ. Can I say if I could fly AirNZ everywhere I would. Qantas has a lot to learn from these guys. How's this for groundhog day .. I flew out April 5th at 12pm and arrived April 5th at 2pm.
First thing I noticed when I arrived in Vanc was the mountains. Wow! After arriving at the hotel and checking out the fantastic view from the window (sorry no photos today - forgot the cable in my room and can't be bothered backtracking to hotel) I set out to explore.

Granville Island was first on the agenda. As it was getting late in the afternoon and it had taken awhile to get to the city from the airport, I was on a tight schedule. No beer stops here, even though the Granville Island Brewing Company beckoned. But the public market was a must. From there it was a "short" stroll up Granville St to Vij's. Now I have heard alot about this place from people back home. So by the time I arrived I was famished. The queue (waiting time) was a wee bit long for my liking so I went next door to Rangoli, incidently owned by the same people and they rotate the same chefs through the kitchen. The food was delicious!! Definitely recommend. After the meal I decided to walk back to my hotel on Burrard St ... the long way. Along the way I came across a film production crew setting up a scene in the middle of Downtown. Apparently you can't walk anywhere in Vancouver without bumping into someone filming something. Got to see Freddie Prince Jr wearing a cape and lycra .. it was so funny.

Yesterday I went up to Whistler. Still lots of snow about but warm too. Also talk about an Aussie invasion. Every second person I heard speaking had an Aussie accent.

Today I went for a bike ride around Stanley Park. Loved it! Perfect spring weather. Now I am walking around Downtown, Yaletown, Chinatown, Gastown and Soma. And as the guidebooks say do not walk anywhere near East Hastings St. It's all true.


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