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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Day35

    Vancouver - Celebration of Light

    July 27, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Our first day in Vancouver and again we get lucky: it’s Vancouvers turn to participate in the international Celebration of Light. 🎆🎇
    It seemed like all of Vancouver came together at English Bay Beach to watch the fireworks. Before the spectacle, we sat in the sand waiting and playing some golf.
    The waiting was worth it - the show was absolutely amazing and the setting perfect!

    Unser erster Tag in Vancouver und wieder einmal haben wir Backpacker Glück: heute ist Vancouver an der Reihe bei der internationalen Celebration of Lights anzutreten 🎆🎇. Es schien uns als wäre ganz Vancouver am English Bay Beach zusammengekommen, um das Feuerwerk zu gucken. Bis zum großen Spektakel verbrachten wir die Zeit mit Golf spielen. Das Warten hatte sich gelohnt - die Show war absolut atemberaubend und das ganze Setting am Wasser einfach perfekt 🥰
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  • Day38

    A tandem ride through Stanley Park

    July 30, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Biking along the Seawall and through Stanley Park- a must do in Vancouver. Stanley Park is a beautiful and super big green area located between downtown Vancouver and North/West Vancouver. Around Stanley Park - just the ocean. The drive/ride around the Park is called Seawall. It’s a stunning ride along the coastline with a beautiful view of the water and nature of Stanley Park. We biked the route with a tandem 😂🙈, because it seemed fun and also like a good “confidential probation” as a couple 😅. We managed it without any stress or harm! Matthias as the strong and confident biker in the front, Sophie in the back. It was so weird not to steer at all! Just trusting my man 😇🤪.

    Radfahren entlang des Seawalls und durch den Stanley Park - ein absolutes Muss in Vancouver! Stanley Park ist eine winderschöne und super große Grünflächeninsel zwischen Downtown Vancouver und Nord/West Vancouver. Rundherum nur das Meer. Die Fahrt um den Park wird als Seawall bezeichnet. Nicht ohne Gründe: Es ist eine tolle Fahrt entlang der Küste mit einem wunderschönen Blick auf das Wasser und die Natur des Stanley Parks. Wir radelten die Route mit einem Tandem 😂🙈, zum einen weil es Spaß macht und zum anderen weil es auch eine kleine Vertrauensprobe als Paar ist 😅. Wir haben es tatsächlich ohne Stress und Schäden geschafft! Matthias als starker und selbstbewusster Biker vorne, Sophie als Lotse hinten. Es war so seltsam überhaupt nichts zu steuern! Ich vertraute nur meinem Mann 😇🤪.
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  • Day15

    My bottom au Canada

    July 17, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Fin du voyage de Noces.

    Pour des raisons encore inexpliquées, mes fesses ont été prises en photo à leur insu.
    Elles ont vu du pays :-)

    1/ A Gandola - Mont Sulphur
    2/ Au lac Moraine
    3/ Au lac Peyto
    4/ Au lac Maligne - Spirit Island
    5/ Au lac Beauvert
    6/ Dans la vallée des 5 lacs (5e lac ici)

  • Day10

    Départ ce jour Pour Vancouver

    July 12, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Départ de Kelowna pour Vancouver !
    On quitte notre motel avec piscine, pour Vancouver.

    Encore 400 km de route avec une pose pour notre premier Mc do Canadien :-)

    On abandonne aussi notre voiture 😭
    Un plaisir ce 4x4 canadien ! GMC en force !

    Vancouver est démesuré ! et surtout on a un hôtel de fou...

    On s’est arrêté au village Outlet pour quelques emplettes :-)
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  • Day11

    Vancouver Aquarium

    July 13, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Anne Laure a insisté pour faire l’aquarium et elle a eu raison.
    Très bel Aquarium.
    On a vu de beaux spécimens dont des anacondas...
    Plus de 5 m la bête !

    Poissons exotiques, pyranhas, Morse...

  • Day12

    Visite de Gastown ce matin

    July 14, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Départ imminent de notre bel hôtel !
    Check out et Visite de Gastown ce matin.
    Quartier très sympa en hommage à Gassy Jack

    On s’est ensuite rendu à Chinatown.
    Malheureusement pour nous, le quartier est mal famé et nous avons traversé la cour des miracles.
    SDF, drogués qui se piquent en pleine rue... Pas de belles images à 100 m d’un quartier riche...

    Ensuite, retour à l’hotel avec de belles lamborghinis et attente pour partir à Victoria en Hydravion :-)
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