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  • Day3

    City Sights Tour -Vancouver

    September 1, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Wow, what a busy morning. Slight mix ups with the times but we all made it on the coach. Driving through the streets of Vancouver having all the City buildings and places of interest pointed out, whilst interesting, was not really our cup of tea. Look left, look right and only slowing down enough to take a quick photo all felt a bit rushed. We did disembark at Stanley Park to see the totem poles and Vancouver Sky line then back on the coach to see Queen Elizabeth gardens. Gardens were beautiful but the ice cream whilst sitting in the shade was lovely. Back on the coach and we had the opportunity to be dropped at the Granville Public Market - YES PLEASE.
    Quick stroll around then we located a little burger place “Popina” .... converted shipping containers on the pier.
    The burgers were amazing, freshly brewed Ginger Ale and a view to die for - kinda reminded me of Brisbane. It was so nice to sit and watch the world go by. Cheers everybody.
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    Andrew From Eastlink

    One each?

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    Connie van Kollenburg

    Yep.... yummy

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    Roger van Kollenburg

    How cool! I hope your also taking notes (maybe in Lachlan’s journal??) we have to go together one day :) New flavour on the line today, don’t tell anyone Raspberry licorice!!! Yum yum.

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  • Day4

    Rocky Mountaineer

    September 2, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer, destination Kamloops.
    Oh my god, this train is amazing, and the all round views of the scenery is .... I can’t even find the words.
    We were in the Gold Leaf glass roof car number 8. Today’s train had 14 cars of people 25 cars in total- it was a site to see. 815 guests onboard, the largest group of the season. The staff are like a well oiled machine, military precision is in understatement. Moving & organising that amount of people so precisely is a credit to the company.

    There is always something to see, commentary when places of interest are coming up - allows people to get there cameras out... but nothing will ever take the place of simply watching the world unravel before your eyes. The food was 6 star and the hosts amazingly accommodating. Bar opens @ 10:31am so celebratory Baileys were the order of the day.... it was 12 noon somewhere in the world. 🥃🍸🍹🍻

    DepartIng Vancouver, lush rainforest environment & moving towards Kamloops which is dry almost desert like ... through mountains that have been touch by fires, through to mountains that constantly have mud slides. Following the Fraser River through calm waters & rapids, then being lucky enough to see two rivers meet with 2 very distinctive colours merging.

    One place I was desperate to capture an image of was “Hells Gate” this was a destination that dad took his tour group too 42 years ago. Back then it was a tour via coach not the beautiful Rocky Mountaineer. What an amazing display of mother nature’s artistic flare.

    Scones, Breakfast, cheese & fruit platters, lunch and drinks never stopped coming. Tonight to say we’re full as a goog is an understatement.

    We’ve disembarked and been bussed to our hotel - Delta, with full intention of going for a walk. (A better description would be waddle)... let’s see if this comes to fruition 🥴

    Day one done, roll on day 2 and on to Banff.

    No photo will ever show the truly amazing countryside in its pure form. But we’ll do our best.
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    Helen Lanigan

    Bringing back many memories! Beautiful scenery!

    9/2/19Reply
    Carolyn Arch

    Absolutely "WOW!"

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    Andrew From Eastlink

    Hello All, its lunchtime at work on Tuesday 3rd September and I thought I’d see if you had posted. Wow, glad I did, it’s better than the news!! I knew you would be impressed by the train, the service, food, staff and stunning scenery is worth every cent. Agree its impressive in every aspect and you are made to feel so important and special. Hahaha had to laugh about the food – you won’t be hungry!! Amazing open vistas from the tracks to crossing bridges and racing into dim tunnels beside raging rivers. Keep your eyes open for the wild life…………..but the staff will shout “BEAR ON THE LEFT” Sounds like you’re really enjoying the Rocky Mountaineer Gold Class Car Number 8!! Keep having fun. Andrew.

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  • Day12

    Victoria

    September 10, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    After a well deserved sleep in we head down for a late breakfast. So peaceful & the view across the water is perfect.

    We cab it up to China town and then wander down Government street. We head towards a shop named Camoflage, Lachlan’s in his element. We’re in there for a while before he decides to purchase new compass.
    We continue down the street and stumble across the very appropriately named “Rogers’ Chocolates” the store is amazing with all its original cabinets oh and chocolate of course.
    Notice the local enforcement agency, first one we’ve seen.

    There’s beautiful flower boxes & hanging baskets all down the street, the gardens are lush and beautiful.
    We make it to the Legislature Building (but stop for sneaky ice- cream first) where Mum hands over a letter of introduction from her local council Mayor and asks them for a reply. They were very accommodating.

    Back to the hotel to change & We’re off to Butchart Gardens & farewell dinner. This part of the tour is over tomorrow we’re on our cruise through Alaska.
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    Helen Lanigan

    Had High Tea at the Empress when I was there!

    9/10/19Reply
    Andrew From Eastlink

    Hello in sunny Victoria Canada from sunny Victoria Australia. Sounds relaxing wandering the town with its lovely gardens full of colour. Rogers Chocolates looks pretty fancy! Hey Lachlan your ice cream looks good…..and the flavour?? You will adore Butchart Gardens its enormity, colour and grandeur. It’s amazing, my favourite garden was the “hanging garden” Make sure you check out the tea rooms. Wow can’t believe your Canadian tour has come to a farewell dinner so quickly, you have all done so much. Enjoy dinner and prepare for the next chapter of this adventure. ~~~ALASKA~~~ On a cruise through the inside passage!

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    Carolyn Arch

    Wonderful wander around town, just enjoying being there. What a marvellous look to the chocolate shop. Hope they had samples! Enjoy the gardens and your farewell dinner. Then .... "Go North to Alaska!"

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  • Day20

    Last Day

    September 18, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Well we disembarked the ship without incident, we even made it to breakfast today.

    The transfer to the airport was uneventful. But we’re 6 hours early for check in and 9 hours early for our flight. 😳

    So what are the young ones of the tour group to do???
    Lachlan & I jumped on the Skyrail and headed back into Vancouver.
    To say it’s weird on a train again is an understatement...... BUT ...... for the train to not have a driver 😳

    Once we got over that we just enjoyed the ride.

    We wander around in the sunshine through Gastown & Waterfront, we spot Roger’s Chocolates & the Steam Clock. We’re a little over walking so head back to the airport - let the waiting game begin.
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    Carolyn Arch

    Yah!!! Wandering... best thing ever! Beautiful weather for it. Seeing exciting things again. “Yep, it is all amazing” last looks ... and back to the airport. Great holiday. Fantastic memories. Wonderful blog. Safe trip home xxxx

    9/18/19Reply
    Carol May

    Hi sounds like you have had a wonderful time lots to talk about when you get home .

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    Andrew From Eastlink

    Back on land, might be early for the flight BUT that means you have time to explore. Great option, Skyrail into Vancouver……….enjoying the sunshine and meandering through the streets thinking “WOW I’ve been to Canada & Alaska” Great memories and time spent together. Safe travel home everyone.

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  • Day3

    Vancouver: West and North

    September 10, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    On our first day on the bikes, we decided to take it easy and discover the Northern parts of Vancouver. We took a scenic road through Stanley Park and along the coastline to Horseshoe Bay and Whytecliff Park where we enjoyed the view to some nearby islands.
    Afterwards, we cycled to Deep Cove, a beautiful little village Northeast of downtown. Our warmshower host Jessica made a yummy lasagne, so we had dinner together with a first row view of the sound.
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  • Day13

    Bye bye Victoria

    September 11, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Up early as bag pull is 6:30. Down for breakfast & before we know it we’re on the coach heading for the Ferry. Mainland Vancouver here we come. The Ferry ride is relaxing and fairly uneventful. Then the mad dash back to the coach to disembark the Ferry. Our Driver Heather weaves through the traffic to get us to the Cruise liner - she’s ace.

    Then the whole boarding process starts. First scan point we’re left standing waiting for our luggage to come through - long story short mums souvenir set off the scanners. Before we knew it all the security personnel that initially wanted to arrest mum were now having photos taken with her. What a turn of events. That check pointy
    down we move to the next one.
    It’s long and arduous- we find out much later on that the US Customs system went down while two cruise liners full of people are trying to board. Needless to say there are some very cranky people. And if they aren’t cranky they had sore feet.

    We make it to our room, it’s not quite ready but we do our best to settle in. Once we unpack cases and put things away it’s more liveable.

    Dinner is booked for 5:30 each night, it’s s little early but I’m sure we’ll get used to it.

    I’d organised flowers & baileys for mum - at least the room smells fabulous & we have a night cap 🍹
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    Andrew From Eastlink

    Hope your mums souvenir wasn’t that police patch she got hahaha. You’re onboard and booked into your cabin, relax and then go and EXPLORE !!!! Enjoy it all.

    9/12/19Reply
    Andrew From Eastlink

    I love this photo, it says farewell.

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    Andrew From Eastlink

    What souvenir ???? I’m a grandma.

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  • Day2

    Vancouver Sightseeing

    August 31, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Dare I say it, I think we all had a little jet lag, because waking up at 3am ready and raring to go is so wrong.
    We did make it to breakfast on time, buffet was yummy even the bacon was good. Cooked to perfection mum says. After breakfast we wandered across the road to see the Catholic Church, it was all locked up tight which is a shame but we did get to see the bells 🔔.
    First day of sightseeing and we’re on the bus heading north over the Lions Gate Bridge. First stop, Salmon Hatchery. Our tour guide Ed is very knowledgeable and can answer all the questions.
    Did you know that Salmon head back to their place of birth after 4 years, the females lay the eggs then die. But not before they’ve had to swim upstream, against the current.

    Next stop is the CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE. Not for the faint hearted and if your afraid of heights.... well I suggest you stay in the gift shop. It was very beautiful, fresh air, lots of trees and crystal clear water. Just lovely.

    GROUSE MOUNTAIN is our next stop, quick gondola ride to the top of the mountain, stunning views. The sun came out in time for us to watch the lumberjack show. Very cool. Followed by seeing two grizzly bears. Too far away for a picture but you could see the size of them - wow.

    Back to the hotel for a quick rest then a meet and greet with our tour guide for the rest of the trip.

    It’s Labour Day long weekend here in Vancouver so it’s busy, plus they have a festival on - we just may head down to have a look around.
    TaiwanFest.... could be interesting but noisey at the very least.
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    Andrew From Eastlink

    Great memories in the making.

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    Andrew From Eastlink

    WOW......and it sways.............hard to take a photo on it.

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    Andrew From Eastlink

    Hello everyone, Day 2, yep maybe a touch of jet lag but that will pass quickly with all the excitement. YUM did you have the candy bacon? I can see you on the bus crossing over Lions Gate Bridge…..I haven’t heard of the Salmon Hatchery (fill me in when you get back) Capilano Suspension Bridge, WOW an unreal experience, just magnificent, hope you had time to do the tree top walk and look back on the bridge….and yes not for the faint hearted, beautiful scenery all around you, fresh, crisp, clean, green and energetic. Now you’re all at Grouse Mountain slicing through the pine trees on the gondola….with sunshine and the lumberjack show….AND two bears! Keep having FUN………hope you made it to the festival.

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  • Day10

    Scenic Route

    September 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Last night the heavens opened so this morning we’re greeted with low cloud and grey skies. Liquid Sunshine 🌧
    Sun Peak Village still looks pretty.

    Not so much of a problem as we’re pushing through to Whistler only stopping for morning tea & lunch.

    The change in weather has really changed the scenery, the cloud is so low it looks like fairy floss strung through the trees.

    Our tour guide Caterina took it upon herself to be our entertainment - singing and dancing in the aisle of the coach. Very funny, really made the time pass quickly.

    We stopped at a quaint property for morning tea where the scones, pies & sausage rolls had literally just come out of the oven - OMG, they were yummy 🤤

    Back on the coach and we head for Lillooet for lunch - I swear all we do is eat. Then we get off the coach to find we’ve parked across the road from the RCL (Canadian version of the RSL). It’s not open but mum spied a women heading in. So what do we do?
    Follow her in of course. Eunis was lovely to talk to, she asked us to sign the book and gave us guest ribbons. We had a quick look around then left her so she could get ready for today’s meeting.

    We continued the not so scenic drive through the rain and made it to Whistler in amazing time - our driver Heather is a star....

    We have enough time to check in then head off for yet another kitchen tour, Lachlan passed on this one.
    Sous Chef Matthew gave us the tour - one thing different here is they grow their own herbs & some vegetables. We met and chatted with Executive Chef Isabel Chung, she runs a very tight ship. Off down to the bakery to meet executive pastry chef Annup, I almost didn’t hear what he said because all I could smell was muffins, danish & all things pastry 🤤

    What a fabulous facility, so pleased we had the opportunity to see the mechanics of it all.

    Chef convinced us to head to his restaurant for dinner - let’s see what he has in store for us....

    More food I’m sure
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    Andrew From Eastlink

    Hi All, Monday lunch time in Ringwood and we also have rain, don’t worry about the rain, just makes you do things differently. When mother nature has finished washing the scenery for you it will be beautiful again. Love the sound of all singing all dancing Caterina, makes for a great time. Good timing by Heather as the pies were fresh out of the oven. Keep having fun and enjoy Whistler.

    9/8/19Reply
    Carolyn Arch

    Love the scenery. It changes so much with the weather. The bus tour sounds great and your guide, a good one to have.

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  • Day19

    Last Day Sailing

    September 17, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    What a relaxing morning, we were so slow at getting going this morning we missed breakfast. Thats ok, we seem to be eating all the time anyway.

    We’re travelling back through the inside passage on the way back to Vancouver. The weather is a bit rough out in Pacific Ocean so the captain has decided on the change of course. We’re all very appreciative, the final leg is calm.

    Tonight we’re booked into the Pinnacle Grill for our final dinner on board the Volendam.
    The chef did not disappoint, perfectly cooked steak and sickly sweet desserts.
    We talk about our adventure and how the last 3 weeks have flown.

    After dinner we waddle back to the room and begin the task of packing. Considering we said we wouldn’t buy souvenirs we seem to gave quite a bit extra - 😳

    All bags to be transferred to the airport are now out in the hall and our stateroom has all this extra space.
    Room 6171 Verandah deck has served us well.

    Cheers & nigh nigh
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    Carolyn Arch

    What a relaxing way to end your holiday. You have seen and done some wonderful things. Enjoy the rest of your time on board.... talking and reliving all your adventures!

    9/18/19Reply
    Andrew From Eastlink

    Good evening from Cheltenham, here you are sailing the inside passage back to Vancouver after your amazing adventure together in Alaska. Wow, just think of all you have seen and done. Wonderful way to reflect on your adventures over a nice meal in the Volendams Pinnacle Grill, you will all have special and different memories from different aspects. Connie Maris and Lachlan, it’s been fun following your journey each day, reading about your adventures and seeing photos, thank you for sharing “3 Generations” Room 6171 on the Verandah deck may never be the same! Its not over yet so keep having FUN.

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    Andrew From Eastlink

    Great photo of "3 Generations"

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  • Day4

    Vancouver to Mission

    September 11, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    On Wednesday, our way South actually started. We cycled through Vancouver suburbs, passed countless farms, and even followed some routes that looked similar to our German bike trails until we reached Mission after 96km, a little town North of the US border.
    In Mission, we were going to stay at a campground we had identified on our map. However, once we got there we realised that it was only a picnic area for day use. So Herbert went into a local gun shop (because hunters and fishers should definitely know about campgrounds, right?) and asked for alternatives close by. With the help of the shop assistant, all present clients and some phone calls, they found a campground just 3km outside of the city where we could stay the night. The owner even let us stay indoors on the couches of the recreation room as it was supposed to be raining during the night and she didn't want our tent to get wet 😊
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