Plains, trains and automobiles and boats and cablecarts. We have done it all. Even a limo!! That picked us up and took us to downtown clubbing district!!! But enough about that!
Day before we went Grandville Island market by watertaxi . Lunch outside on the market in the sun with streetmusicians, views of the water, homemade indian curry from a very nice lady in the market. Then a stop in a great hatshop!!! We spend an hour in there trying on different hats!! A hobby for me and apparently all of us.
Drove home after a great day. Then a 15 minute shower and change and of we were again in the Olive Jeep with great chauffer and music! To have dinner with friends of Dries, Ben & Tony. Meeting also Sarah and Kevin and eating BBQed rangechicken stuffed with a BEERCAN!! Very Canadian! You make the chicken "stand" on a beercan that is open and half full of beer that will evaporate and steam during cooking in a BBQ with lid. Fabulous idea! Anyway, I will quickly add some photos and the rest you will hear when we get home and hopefully from Maria.
Dear Everyone, the time has come to say goodbye to Vancouver! We just bid farewel to our marvellous host Dries. After having lunch at the Flying Beaver [more about this later]he dropped us off and tipped us and the infamous mount of bags out on the pavement of the airport. Lots of hugs and thank you's,' until we meet again' and of he went in his olympic looking, olive green Wrangler Jeep with the sunroof down. Looking for new playmates to play with!! Vancouver was mindblowing. A very young and innovative city with most fantabulous backdrop/decor you can wish for. Wherever you look it is just simply beautiful. Yesterday we drove into the mountains and took the cablecart to Grousemountain where we had a four hour lunch in the sun on a mountain with mesmerising views over Vancouver, Vancouver Bay and Vancouver Island. By the time we walked over to see the rescued bears we were well into wine, jokes, taking funny pictures and the world. Could have sat there for much longer, but we had a date for dinner, with a SEAPLANE!!!!! Down the mountain in the cable, a drive through downtown to Coal Harbour. We parked the car and walked over to check in and had coffee in the sun while waiting until our own private "Beaver" plane was ready for us. How terribly exiciting is this! My Dad would have loved this. Coming and going of tiny seaplanes, Beavers [4 people] & Otters[8 people], very noisy and very 1950's. And there we went, I was in the front next to the pilot!! It was definitly an "out of Africa" moment. Surrounded by the highrise of the "Glass City", as Vancouver is also known, perfect light with the sun slowly setting, glistening sea, snowtopped mountains, .....just too good to be true! We circled over Vancouver and the Burrard and Horseshoe Bay, which was the final destination. Perferct landing on the water of the harbour of Horseshoebay, as the ferry to Vancouver Island was leaving we landed on water and moored in the harbour. Walked the boardwalks over to the restaurant called the Boathouse, perfect table overlooking the bay.