Richsue

Joined July 2017Living in: Petrie, Australia

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  • Day64

    Home on Aussie soil, but not without all the dramas, No seats available on the plane, go on wait list, even though our flight confirmed booking was done in December 2016. Customs lines were a nightmare as 6 planes landed simultaneously, get to Petrie on the train, went to use the lift, went up ok, but then the doors wouldn't open...no one answering the emergency button, so decided to go back down and carry our heavy bags up the steps.
    Home at last and the first thing was a decent cup of coffee...then to start the washing, didn't take long to dry as we arrived home to record breaking heat of 35deg for September.
    We had a really good holiday, enjoyed seeing new scenery, meeting new people. The one thing annoying was trying to work out the taps system in both UK and Canada, all different....
    We had frustrations with the rail system in Canada, but what could you do, just go with the flow.
    According to this app, we travelled 11,800km as the crow flys...no wonder we are exhausted.....
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  • Day60

    What a great day we have had today. First we visited the Canada Place and did the virtual flyover of Canada. I was very anxious...You sit in a seat, get strapped in, then off you go...the seat moves as if you are in a helicopter, when it flew through clouds you got the mist on you, when in the forests you could smell the trees...on occasions you felt that your feet would touch the water. It was just amazing. A couple of times ...it took my breadth away...and yes I was hanging on for grim death...It was good doing it at the end of our trip as we recognised all the places we flew over....
    After that we caught a shuttle bus up to Capilano Suspension Bridge. Another great experience...the bridge is 137 meters long, suspended 70meters above the Capilano River. After going across the bridge we did the tree top walk...then after coming back across the swaying bridge we did the Cliffwalk...a boardwalk, suspended by wire roads o the side of the cliff. The whole park is just magnificent....Thanks to Don for recommending we go there.
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  • Day59

    Woke up to rain showers, so decided to have a fudge out day...packed our bags ready for tomorrow....our flight isn't until 11.45pm, we have to be out of our room by 12md, but can leave our bags here until our taxi to the airport.
    After lunch we went for a walk down to the river. The rain had stopped, but still very overcast. Took some photos of statues. The so called beaches are disgusting compared to Australia...Even Redcliffe looks good compared.....
    We are having dinner here in our room tonight....
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  • Day59

    Today we caught the vehicular ferry back to Vancouver, it is a very smooth crossing. The coach driver did a sightseeing drive through Stanley Park, around the Cruise terminal, which is the 3rd busiest in world and then to our hotel, The Sandman, where once again we have a full suite with a kitchen on the 14th floor.At 6.30pm we departed for The sunset cruise on the harbour, without the sunset, although it was lovely to see the city lights come on.Read more

  • Day58

    We have had the perfect weather to explore this beautiful town...After having a leisurely breakfast we headed to the Beacon Hills garden, a lovely park not far from our hotel, there was a lake with lots of bird life. After that we walked to the other end of town to a Wool Shop...I was amazed at the different amounts of skeins available. We saw a fellow winding the wool on a machine. Better than the old days when I would have to hold my hands up while my mother would wind it into balls.
    We then walked to a market to get some ham and tomatoes to make a sandwich.
    In the afternoon we decided to look at the museum, but there was a considerable charge to get in, so we decided we would do a harbour tour on a little water taxi, it was good as we got to see quite a few sea planes landing, also the cruise terminal, where the Emerald Princess was berthed and another 2 expected later in the night.
    We got off the little taxi at Fishermans wharf to look around and have an early dinner of fish and chips...yum!
    At the wharf there were "float homes" ...like houses on water...very swish...one was for sale, I looked up the website, it was $339,000, but the mouring fees were $812 per month, plus taxes...
    We got the water taxi back to downtown and walked back to the hotel....
    We will need new shoes when we get home with all the walking and a foot massage to go with it.....
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  • Day56

    After a cloudy start, we had the perfect day for a ferry crossing. It took 1.5hrs to get across, which beautiful scenery along the way. First we stopped at a town called Hope at a cafe, which served real coffee and we also could get a flat white...6/10 though. It was strong enough but it's the flavour, it's not smooth like ours. We then travelled through farming areas, saw lots of blueberry farms, also corn. We didn't go right into Vancouver as they have a ring road now to the ferry terminal.Read more