Welcome to Round 19 at ABC Wednesday! We are bestowing
praise on the letter B
this week - B
as in bananas
, ball, brainstorm, beckon, boats, breathe, badge,
I think most of you know that I reside in the Greater Vancouver area in British
Columbia, the 3rd largest city in Canada with a population of around 3 million. Some experts predict Vancouver will be Canada's largest city by 2040 with a population of over 10 million. I can see it is well on its way, but
with housing prices currently rising to unbelievable
amounts, the Greater Vancouver area will probably expand as younger people move out into the suburbs and beyond
I've done a bit
of traveling in my time and I love everywhere I go. But
when I'm flying in over the city, I sometimes can't believe
I live in such a beautiful
place! I actually live in a small village (which is growing as I write this) close enough to the city if I want or need to drive in, yet far enough away that it feels like the country. I thought I'd share with you a few recent shots of this beatific
area this week simply because
so many people do not believe
that we have such great weather here. Yes, it rains in the winter but
it's more like a drizzle than a downpour!
A friend and I went to Granville Island, an area on the water just before
you get to the downtown area of the city and almost right under the Burrard Bridge
. Granted it was a beautiful
this was April and we didn't need jackets at all.
This is the view from our patio table at the famous restaurant Bridges
. They have been known for their bright
yellow exterior and the bright
yellow patio umbrellas. However, we were disappointed to see that they've changed their umbrellas to a dull navy blue
. So we complained to the server and told him it looked like any other restaurant - maybe even Earl's (another popular eatery). He said he'd take it to one of the owners because
we felt the yellow umbrellas had been iconic. Everyone says that Bridges
is where the bright
yellow umbrellas are!
Anyway, right beside Bridges
you can rent boats
at the dock here or go on boat
cruises around the harbour area.
While we were eating, a pirate ship came by with a boat
load of children and caregivers! The pirates waved madly while the children each held a giant hose and sprayed the water as they passed by
Lots of people moor their boats
in this harbour, and there are bounteous
numbers of sailboats. Also as we were eating, one of the Vancouver Police boats
came by and they gave us a wave.
You will see lots and lots of birds
around here, too, especially Canada geese and sea gulls. They are practically tame and will take food from your hands. Both
were really working the crowds.
Finally, there are water buses
that we call "aquabuses" that will take you across the water or down the way to another destination. They're really fun to ride in and the driver will give you a rundown of what you're passing. They will take you across to downtown or all the way to Science World!
And YES, believe
it - we have palm trees here! This particular shot is down at English Bay Beach
, and I love the tree on top of the condo building
in the background
! We're able to grow hardy palms here because
we're in a little area that is surrounded by water and mountains that gets a very temperate climate!
Hope you've enjoyed a little bit
of Vancouver and can see now and believe
that not all of Canada is snowbound!
Have a great week and think of bright
up the roads and trains over in England and Wales right now. That's why you haven't "seen" me around lately, but
I'll be back
next week with blow by blow
descriptions of my time there plus boundless
stories and photos to show you all.