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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 29 June 2015

Vancouver

.We packed up and left our lovely log cabin in Lake Louise. We drove through the mountains for a little while but then it was time to say goodbye to the majestic Rockies as we journeyed through the prairies and reservations. It was flat, boring countryside as we made our way to the airport in Calgary..


It is a short flight from Calgary to Vancouver so there was time to explore our surroundings once we had checked into the hotel. We were staying on Robson Street and I was pleased that we had a very large room with a balcony and huge window as we were on the 10th floor. We could just see the sea peeping out between two very tall between buildings.
 Off to explore I noticed that many buildings looked newly constructed with numerous glass ones reflecting others.



 The designs on this building caught my eye. It is the Marine Building.
 Built in 1930 it was the tallest building in the British Empire















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It is an excellent example of art deco.


















It was a short walk from the hotel to the harbour. The yachts were huge and looked very expensive. We had a walk along the sea wall admiring the boats.















We finished off the evening in a fish restaurant at Coal Harbour called  Caderos The food was delicious as was the wine and the gin. It was a wonder we found our way back to the hotel!


21 comments:

  1. Love Vancouver... Used to drive up there for short vacations when we lived in Oregon. Learned new things here though... Didn't know about the tallest building in the British Empire though. Interesting factoid!

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  2. Oh, yes! I love Vancouver, too!! Great post for the day, wonderful captures and I learned a lot, too!! Thanks as always for sharing!! Hop you have a great week!!

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  3. wonderful series of very creative shots ~ looks like a wonderful time!

    Happy week to you ~ Happy 4th of July in the USA
    artmusedog and carol

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  4. Thank you for the reminder of my own (fleeting) visit to Vancouver last year enroute to Vancouver Island. Yes, those mirrored buildings caught my eye too! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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  5. Fantastic shots from the city. The designs on Marine Building are very nice.

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  6. amazing Deco! And fabulous city! You look so happy......enjoy









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  7. Not a building I picked up on when we were there, and how wonderful it is, but I do remember Robson Street with its many restaurants and the trolley buses

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  8. Just caught up with a few posts. Your trip looks amazing. Love the art-deco building. Also those mountains are incredible. Not often jealous, but feel so now. x

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  9. That building has beautiful art-deco pieces, I like it very much.

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  10. That takes me back as we briefly lived in Vancouver (in the city next to Stanley park) a few years ago. You were very lucky with the weather! I love the Marine building and much as I love Vancouver I think that there are too many glass shiny buildings now which all look very similar and will date at roughly the same time. The scenery is gorgeous though. Lovely photos!

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  11. I love Vancouver, which is about an hour's drive away from Bellingham, where I live. If it were not for having to cross the border, we'd visit more often. Better yet, have my friends (like you) visit and take fabulous pictures! Thanks for the tour, and I hope you had safe travels home. :-)

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  12. Wonderful city tour, the buildings of Vancouver are pretty. And I love the views of the harbor. Thanks for sharing your visit. Enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  13. I love the Art deco style, glass box buildings and skyscrapers are not so to my taste !

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  14. I was in Vancouver in the 80s...beautiful city...but it was awash with graffiti (especially anywhere around the trains). Has that improved?

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  15. I believe the restaurant is called Carderos. My mother eats there sometimes. Nice to see some old haunts of Vancouver again. Isn't that Marine building beautiful!

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  16. From my mere two visits there I have to agree that Canada is a wonderful country. Vancouver looks a fine city, and trust you to find some architectural delights. G&Ts my wife loves too. What is the attraction?

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  17. What a lovely city. I love the water and the art deco!

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  18. Sounds like you are having great fun in more ways than one.

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  19. I love that old building. Such a shame that so many of those old buildings (probably) had to make way for those new glass monstrosities.

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  20. I like the details on the marine building and also the colored glass lamps. Sounds like a great restaurant.

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