V is for Victoria and Vancouver
Victoria, BC, Canada (June 2005)
The fact that I grew up in Oregon and went to college in the Puget Sound, yet never got to British Columbia until I was 40, seems truly bizarre to me now. For awhile, it seemed that every time we would plan a trip up to BC, something would go wrong. The first time was 1992, and Mike's dad died very suddenly. The second time was 1996, and Christopher was born prematurely at 24 weeks. So it wasn't until 2005, for our 15th wedding anniversary, that we finally made it to Victoria! We returned in 2009, when we spent a week in Sooke, BC, with our kids and my parents, but I'm going to focus on our first trip for this post.
We flew up to Victoria and relied on foot and mass transit to get around. We stayed in a new-at-the-time hotel near the city center, the Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour, with wonderful views. Very romantic!
|Mike in front of the famous Empress Hotel, where we didn't have tea, but we did have cocktails in their lovely bar!|
|The Bengal Bar in the Empress, where we had cocktails|
|So much fun!|
|15 years together!|
|In the Japanese gardens|
|After dinner, in the hotel lobby|
This trip was when we discovered how much we like Murchie's Tea and Munro's Books, conveniently located near each other! We love Victoria!
Vancouver, BC, Canada (Summer 2010)
In August 2010, we went up to Vancouver and stayed for a week in a big house with my sister and her family. We had a great time! This is what we did:
- Took everyone on a long walking tour through Gastown, Chinatown, and Canada Place
- Visited the beautiful Stanley Park
- Went into the mountains and the wonderful Canyon Suspension Bridge
- Took the whole gang to Granville Island by boat
- Hung out, went on dates, and visited the science museum
Most of all, our week was all about high-quality cousin time, along with sisters-and-their-husbands time. We had a blast!
|Taking bathtub boat to Granville Island|
|After having lunch at the market on Granville Island|
|Headed to Granville Island|
|The dock where we boarded the boat|
|Cuddling with my sister|
|Our family at Canada Place|
|Sister time on Granville Island|
|At Stanley Park|
|Boys throwing rocks|
|Stanley Park picnic|
|Chris hanging out in the house we rented|
|Eating wonderful Indonesian takeout|
|Night out with Mike|