All posts tagged: Vancouver

Vancouver in less than 48 hours

In hindsight, we should’ve given ourselves more than a day and a half to explore the largest city in British Columbia, but Jay and I made the best of our time and covered a lot of ground — all by foot! Join me for a walking tour of this gorgeous city… We got into the city late afternoon after our ski trip at Whistler. After finding and settling into a our hotel, we immediately set out to find food. The twinkle lights and cobblestone streets of Gastown drew us in. The Gastown steam clock even whistles! It’s powered by steam from the city’s downtown centralized heating system. At right is a statue of “Gassy” Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain who arrived in 1867 and opened the area’s first saloon. Funny how we go to Vancouver to end up eating at a Carolina barbecue place. No regrets though, this place was delicious. (Insider tip: order the jalapeno pork sausage smokie and a side of their hush puppies with honey bourbon dip!) Canada Place, home to Vancouver’s convention centre, that …

The wonder of Whistler

Though I personally prefer white diamonds, my husband opts for the black diamonds and has converted me into a ski bunny with the lure of cute winter accessories (I have an obsession with winter hats!) and fun trips. It worked. Our first taste of west coast skiing happened at Lake Tahoe last February. After that trip, we knew we’d be back at it again, but where? We decided on Whistler in Vancouver, B.C., which ended up being a bad mistake because now we’re officially s.p.o.i.l.e.d. Big time. Some fast facts about the 2010 Winter Olympics host: 200+ trails on 8,171 acres with 37 lifts, and the longest trail is 7 miles long. In a couple of photos…  Our first layover was in Chicago before heading to Vancouver. Really nice airport, but I’m mad at myself for passing up an opportunity to eat a deep dish pizza. In my defense, it was only 9 a.m., but still!  After grabbing our rental car in Vancouver, our first priority was food! We pulled over at the first available …

Back home

The pros of traveling: The thrill of being somewhere new! Eating out. I love eating out. A bajillion photo opportunities. Coming home to a kitty who hasn’t left our sides since we came back. The cons of traveling: Early wake up calls. Our departing flights were at 7 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. In the first instance, the airport was a 3-hour drive away. Ouch. U.S. Immigration process. It’s like they didn’t want us to come back. Not having an international phone and losing contact with your partner for several panicked hours on Valentine’s Day. Welp, we’re back! Jay and I recently returned from a trip to Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. What a gorgeous city! We spent a couple of days two hours north of the city skiing at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, which was an incredible experience. Pictures to follow, of course, but I just wanted to say how nice it is to be home. :) Above photo: Stanley Park, Vancouver