And so the Adventure Begins!

Trip Start Sep 13, 2008
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Trip End Oct 04, 2008


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Saturday, September 13, 2008

After a year of planning and saving we're finally off on our trip. We caught our flight from London Heathrow airport to Vancouver with Air Canada. The flight took approx 10 hours. On approach to Vancouver the plane decended over the Rocky Mountains providing us with our first glimpse of this rugged terrain that we will be exploring for the next three weeks.

On arrival at Vancouver airport we opted to get a Taxi over the shuttle bus for simplicity. The Bus cost $14 per person and this estimated Taxi fair was $35. This proved a rather costly mistake as the Taxi driver had no idea where our hotel was! The problem was that our hotel was only three months old and so the Taxi driver had not heard of the hotel. Luckily we had our mobile phones with us and where able to download directions.

We arrived at our hotel (the L'Hermitage on the corner of Robson and Richards) and checked in. We were informed by the friendly receptionist that we had been upgraded to a suite, with a view of the pool. The room was very modern in style with a marble bathroom and large King sized bed. The hotel was centrally located within 10 mins walk of all major downtown attractions.

Once we had freshened up we decided to head out into town. Our first stop was the Vancouver Look Out, located with the Harbour Centre. The lookout stands at 130m (430ft), providing stunning views over downtown Vancouver, the Coastal Mountain range and the Georgia Staright.

From the look out we headed to Gastown the oldest district in Vancouver, founded in 1867 by 'Gassy' Jack Deighton. The cobled Water Street is the main road through Gastown and truely adds to the character of the area. The main atraction in Gastown is the Steam Clock, orignially built to cover a steam vent. The clock, has four whistles and sounds them every quarter of an hour.

At the top of Water Street is the Steamhouse Brewery. We decided to stop for a drink and a bite to eat. The food was good value and plentiful and the beer from the micro brewery was exceptional. One slight downside to this area is the number of homeless people begging for money while you eat.

After dinner and one or two beers, we headed back to the hotel at around 20:00 local time or 04:00 London time, for some much earnt sleep!
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herthabsc
herthabsc on

Vancouver
Hi James, Becky !

The photos remind me of our trip there - and of course Earl ! Are you planning to go fishing at all ? I suspect Becky might veto that =) Are the photos available in higher resolution or does TravelPod resize them automatically ? I'd love to see them in full resolution. Keep the updates coming and enjoy your trip !

Volkmar

jms79
jms79 on

Re: Vancouver
Hey V,

No time for fishing this time but we covered quite a bit in two days! I have all the images in super high res on my PC. I will take you through them all (there will be hundreds by the end).

We have just arrived in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Were off Whale watching tomorrow. Ill try and update the blog this evening.

All the best

J

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