August 2007


I’m back from Philadelphia and I have lots of things to tell you about it and our time here in New York, but later. In the meantime, another temptation.

Vancouver is famous for Stanley Park, but there’s another park which is a treasure too. Queen Elizabeth Park is quite large and situated on Little Mountain. Once it was a rock quarry so the photo of the beautiful scene you see here is the sunken garden, built in the old quarry and giving it very interesting terrain. It is a very popular location for wedding photos so you have to make a booking and pay money. You can see the Northshore Mountains over the tops of the trees and at one lookout you can see Mount Baker which is in Washington State.

Besides the gardens there is a lovely restaurant with a splendid view of downtown in the distance and very good food, a conservatory with a geodesic glass dome (click on the link for some lovely photos), a pitch and putt course, tennis courts and two well known sculptures are showcased here. The first I used for my Photo Hunt Rare here. The other is a huge Henry Moore which you can see in the conservatory link above.

How can you resist this very beautiful place? I should get a job at the Tourist Bureau.

I’m back from Philadelphia and I have lots of things to tell you about it and our time here in New York, but later. In the meantime, another temptation.

Vancouver is famous for Stanley Park, but there’s another park which is a treasure too. Queen Elizabeth Park is quite large and situated on Little Mountain. Once it was a rock quarry so the photo of the beautiful scene you see here is the sunken garden, built in the old quarry and giving it very interesting terrain. It is a very popular location for wedding photos so you have to make a booking and pay money. You can see the Northshore Mountains over the tops of the trees and at one lookout you can see Mount Baker which is in Washington State.

Besides the gardens there is a lovely restaurant with a splendid view of downtown in the distance and very good food, a conservatory with a geodesic glass dome (click on the link for some lovely photos), a pitch and putt course, tennis courts and two well known sculptures are showcased here. The first I used for my Photo Hunt Rare here. The other is a huge Henry Moore which you can see in the conservatory link above.

How can you resist this very beautiful place? I should get a job at the Tourist Bureau.

As well as previously posting photos of the Aquabus, I have talked about it before. It is a unique and convenient way to get about in False Creek, which includes Granville Island. I took this photo while travelling on one, as this one passed nearby.


Below is a map of the area of False Creek, which is crossed by three bridges within a very short distance of each other. The map shows the route of the Aquabuses and the relationship between False Creek and the main harbour, the Burrard Inlet. At the end of False Creek you can see Science World, which is an Aquabus stop.

The Thursday Walking group often walks along the south side of False Creek, from the Planetarium parking lot, which is on the left side, outside the range of the map, to the third bridge you see here, a walk of five miles return, with a stop for lunch at the Granville Island market on the return journey.

Wouldn’t you like to take a ride on one of these colourful little ferries? I’ll be happy to accompany you.

Tomorrow I leave for Philadelphia for three days. I will take my computer but I am not sure about posting anything. If the internet connection is free I will take advantage. If ridiculously expensive I will be forced to suffer withdrawal symptoms, since I’m half Scottish you know. Thursday for sure.

As well as previously posting photos of the Aquabus, I have talked about it before. It is a unique and convenient way to get about in False Creek, which includes Granville Island. I took this photo while travelling on one, as this one passed nearby.


Below is a map of the area of False Creek, which is crossed by three bridges within a very short distance of each other. The map shows the route of the Aquabuses and the relationship between False Creek and the main harbour, the Burrard Inlet. At the end of False Creek you can see Science World, which is an Aquabus stop.

The Thursday Walking group often walks along the south side of False Creek, from the Planetarium parking lot, which is on the left side, outside the range of the map, to the third bridge you see here, a walk of five miles return, with a stop for lunch at the Granville Island market on the return journey.

Wouldn’t you like to take a ride on one of these colourful little ferries? I’ll be happy to accompany you.

Tomorrow I leave for Philadelphia for three days. I will take my computer but I am not sure about posting anything. If the internet connection is free I will take advantage. If ridiculously expensive I will be forced to suffer withdrawal symptoms, since I’m half Scottish you know. Thursday for sure.

HAPPY

I have to make an admission here. This is not my photo, but taken from my daughter’s archives. I felt that it was so much better than anything I had in my collection to fit the theme, so I hope you forgive me.

My daughter is a French teacher and every Spring, for 26 years, students from her school have participated in an exchange program with a school in La Rochelle, France. In fact the other French teacher at the school went as a student on the very first exchange, all those years ago. This photo was taken last year in a wooded area outside La Rochelle. You can see how happy the young student is to be in France. I think it is a lovely photo of an exuberant young woman.

I’m out of town but will visit the photo hunters soon.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

To join the Saturday Photo Hunt, click here.

HAPPY

I have to make an admission here. This is not my photo, but taken from my daughter’s archives. I felt that it was so much better than anything I had in my collection to fit the theme, so I hope you forgive me.

My daughter is a French teacher and every Spring, for 26 years, students from her school have participated in an exchange program with a school in La Rochelle, France. In fact the other French teacher at the school went as a student on the very first exchange, all those years ago. This photo was taken last year in a wooded area outside La Rochelle. You can see how happy the young student is to be in France. I think it is a lovely photo of an exuberant young woman.

I’m out of town but will visit the photo hunters soon.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE

To join the Saturday Photo Hunt, click here.
When I win the lottery, I have a plan. Well two actually, but the first one, about always travelling first class, has nothing to do with Vancouver. The second plan involves me going down to Granville Island where there is a community of beautiful house boats and knocking on all the doors with an offer to purchase said houseboat, until someone accepts. As an owner, not only do you live on the water in a wonderful house, in a sheltered offshoot of the main harbour, with a spectacular view and your very own mooreage, but you can walk up to the market and do your food shopping every day. Now that sounds like heaven to me.

I took this photo from a little Aquabus as I sailed in False Creek
The little village of houseboats is called Sea Village and it is right at Granville Island market. If you follow this link to see other photos of this unique community, you will see why I would like to live there.

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