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26 May, Day 4 VANCOUVER

Yet another day in Paradise

Yesterday we had a walk around our part of Vancouver. The sun goes down around 9.00pm so there is plenty of daylight to get around after dinner.
Scene up Howe street at 8.30pm

Scene up Howe street at 8.30pm

View from our room at 9.00pm at night

View from our room at 9.00pm at night

Today we had a city tour of Vancouver. We left around 9.00am after breakfast at the hotel. We travelled around Gastown, China Town and West Vancouver.
Pink building Vancouver

Pink building Vancouver

Tallest building completed in 1929 in time for the Wall Street crash and stood empty for years

Tallest building completed in 1929 in time for the Wall Street crash and stood empty for years


Edwardian style houses Vancouver

Edwardian style houses Vancouver

We stopped at Stanley Park to see the Indian Totem Poles. Stanley Park is around 1000 acres and is quite similar to New York's Central Park. There are a large collection of Indian Totem Poles. The park has good roads and bicycle tracks and is very well used by locals and visitors alike.
Stanley Park looking back at Vancouver

Stanley Park looking back at Vancouver


Totem Poles in Stanley Park

Totem Poles in Stanley Park

Info on Indian Totem Poles

Info on Indian Totem Poles

Colleen near Totem Poles in Stanley Park

Colleen near Totem Poles in Stanley Park

Beaver Crest Totem Poles in Stanley Park

Beaver Crest Totem Poles in Stanley Park


Beaver Crest Totem Poles in Stanley Park

Beaver Crest Totem Poles in Stanley Park


Wildflowers, Stanley Park

Wildflowers, Stanley Park

Lion's Gate Suspension Bridge to North Vancouver

Lion's Gate Suspension Bridge to North Vancouver

On our way back we stopped at Granville Island to sample some great food. We decided to buy some fresh baguettes, German Ham and Mediterranean Salad along with Sicilian Olives for a late lunch. The maple pecan nuts are to die for.
Colleen at Granville Island Markets

Colleen at Granville Island Markets

I thought that yesterday was our last day in Vancouver but I was wrong. We leave here on The Rocky Mountaineer at 7.00am in the morning. The train doesn't have Wifi so hopefully our Fairmont Hotel in Bannf tomorrow night will have Wifi as I think I am becoming a bit addicted to blogging (or so Colleen tells me).

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25 MAY, Day 3 VANCOUVER

Move hotels to Fairmont Waterfront

Today begins our second tour. We started a Globus Tour of 12 days around the Rockies. Tomorrow we leave Vancouver on The Goldleaf Rocky Mountaineer on a two day journey to Kamloops. Our Globus Tour is followed by a cruise to Alaska via the Inside Passage.

This morning we left our accommodation on Robson Street to taxi to the Fairmont Hotel Waterfront to meet our Tour Director. Colleen and I always pay our gratuities upfront as we have never had a bad experience on the 5 or 6 escorted tours we have undertaken.
The Fairmont Hotel Waterfront, Vancouver

The Fairmont Hotel Waterfront, Vancouver

BC Place Vancouver

BC Place Vancouver


View from our room at The Fairmont Hotel Waterfront Room 1614

View from our room at The Fairmont Hotel Waterfront Room 1614

It rained slightly this afternoon but by the time we were out on the street it had stopped. we walked the eleven blocks back to Chinatown to the restaurant we enjoyed so much the other night. It was 4.00pm and the place was packed yet again. we really enjoyed the meal and walked back in brilliant sunshine to our hotel. We met with our Tour Director at 6.00pm (the reason for our very late lunch or very early dinner).

Here are some pictures we took this morning and later this afternoon. The sun doesn't go down till about 9.00pm here so it is wonderful having time to go for a long walk after dinner. Bring on daylight saving back in Queensland.
Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver Lookout

Canada Place, Vancouver

Canada Place, Vancouver

Canada Place - story boards from the past

Canada Place - story boards from the past

View from Canada Place, Vancouver  - story boards around Canada Place

View from Canada Place, Vancouver - story boards around Canada Place

Canada Place - story boards from the past

Canada Place - story boards from the past

Float Plane Terminal

Float Plane Terminal

Float Plane Terminal - busy sea runways

Float Plane Terminal - busy sea runways

Float Plane Terminal - a seaplane takes off

Float Plane Terminal - a seaplane takes off

View from Canada Place, Vancouver

View from Canada Place, Vancouver

Suspension Bridge - Lions Gate Bridge

Suspension Bridge - Lions Gate Bridge

View from cruise ship terminal, Vancouver

View from cruise ship terminal, Vancouver

View from cruise ship terminal, Vancouver towards Stanley Park

View from cruise ship terminal, Vancouver towards Stanley Park

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24 May, Day 2 VANCOUVER

Beautiful city - time to explore on our own

Before I start this entry there are two things i have forgotten to mention.

Firstly, for those who think that travel insurance is an optional extra, I should mention that a lady who was in New York on our tour needed to call a doctor. The cost was $750 upfront payment for the doctor to come to her hotel.
Secondly, the distance of our trip from New York to LA was 5 025 miles. (You can work that out in kilomteres.) Colleen is very good with numbers. she guessed 4 917 miles and was closest in our group to estimating the distance. On our last trip she was exactly on the money to the kilometre distance.

Now for the entry...
Vancouver is a really beautiful place. With its annual rainfall of 1100mm, it is very green and clean.

Last night we set off early from our accommodation to visit Gastown and Chinatown both of which are only half a dozen blocks from here.
Here are a few scenes on the way.
Concord Pacific Place

Concord Pacific Place

Corner view of Vancouver Public Library on Library Square

Corner view of Vancouver Public Library on Library Square

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Gastown is a national historic site in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the northeast end of Downtown adjacent to the Downtown Eastside. Its historical boundaries were the waterfront (now Water Street and the CPR tracks), Columbia Street, Hastings Street, and Cambie Street, which were the borders of the 1870 townsite survey, the proper name and postal address of which was Granville, B.I. ("Burrard Inlet").
Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown, Vancouver

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Gastown was Vancouver's first downtown core and is named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman, steamboat captain and barkeep who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon. The town soon prospered as the site of Hastings Mill sawmill, seaport, and quickly became a general centre of trade and commerce on Burrard Inlet as well as a rough-and-rowdy resort for off-work loggers and fishermen as well as the crews and captains of the many sailing ships which came to Gastown or Moodyville, on the north side of the inlet (which was a dry town) to load logs and timber.

The Canadian Pacific Railway terminated on piles on the shore parallel to Water Street in 1886. From this the area became a hive of warehouses. Part of Gastown, that of Carroll Street was particularly swampy owing to it being low ground between False Creek and Burrard Inlet. Bridges overcame this obstacle and the low ground and beach was slowly filled in with refuse. In 1886, the town was incorporated as the City of Vancouver.

Gastown's most famous (though nowhere near oldest) landmark is the steam-powered clock on the corner of Cambie and Water Street. Built to cover a steam grate, part of Vancouver's distributed steam-heating system, the clock was built as a way to harness the steam and to prevent street people from sleeping on the spot in cold weather.
The Steam Clock, Gastown Vancouver

The Steam Clock, Gastown Vancouver

We had dinner in an extrememly well patronised restaurant in Chinatown.
Chinatown, Gastown Vancouver

Chinatown, Gastown Vancouver

This morning, the weather was about as perfect as you could get. Rembering the comedian, Red Skelton's joke, I headed out for Granville Island by myself. Red Skelton said the secret to a happy marriage is to go out to a nice restaurant with good ambience, great food, red wine and nice company. He said he goes Tuesdays and his wife goes Thursdays.
Creekside units near Granville Markets

Creekside units near Granville Markets

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Island Markets False Creek

Granville Street Bridge False Creek

Granville Street Bridge False Creek

Mainland Street scene

Mainland Street scene

Walkway beside False Creek

Walkway beside False Creek

Walkway between buildings

Walkway between buildings

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DAY 23,Thursday, 23 May LA- VANCOUVER, CANADA DAY 1

Morning in LA and midday flight to Vancouver So this

This is our last day in the United States till we return to Las Vegas on 12 June. So last night we went out to dinner at the Garden Bistro at Coldwell with our very good friends, Julie and Philip, and our new friends, Brenda and Lyle.

Bon Voyage back to Australia for Julie and Philip. We had a ball.

Bon Voyage back to Australia for Julie and Philip. We had a ball.


Our new friends, Lyle and Brenda (Sorry about the back view Brenda)

Our new friends, Lyle and Brenda (Sorry about the back view Brenda)


OLd service station at Farmers Market. Mr Gilmore was the dairy farmer who was unlucky drilling for water as he struck OIL!!

OLd service station at Farmers Market. Mr Gilmore was the dairy farmer who was unlucky drilling for water as he struck OIL!!

Brenda is in the far right of this photo.

Last night we had an excellent dinner in ambient surroundings with a pianist providing soothing background music. The only discordant note was one of our party ordered the special and found it to be the most expensive item on the menu. P (I use this pseudonym to maintain confidentiality) thought this was a tad overpriced for Osso Bucco.

Our trip was made extra special travelling with people we love and respect. Julie and Philip return to Queensland tonight.

Today we fly to Vancouver for two days or so before we start our next booked trip with Globus for 12 days around the Western Rockies.

So.....we really need a day of rest and catch up with our washing.

Our trip to LAX this morning was fast and furious with our driver going through three red lights. After a three hour flight we are now safe and sound in the beautiful city of Vancouver.
Our accommodation for the next two nights in Vancouver

Our accommodation for the next two nights in Vancouver

Streetview - we have Chinatown a few hundred metres to the right and Old Town just to the left

Streetview - we have Chinatown a few hundred metres to the right and Old Town just to the left

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DAY 22, Wednesday 22 May LOS ANGELES

A day in LA

This morning we awoke to another beautiful day. We started the day with a sightseeing tour of the world's "Capital of Glamour".
Last day in LA - Hollywood Bowl

Last day in LA - Hollywood Bowl

We headed off to check out Hollywood including Beverley Hills. First stop was Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Got the obligatory picture of the Hollywood sign and then to Colleen's delight found the Hugh Jackman star.
The Hollywood  Highland Centre 2

The Hollywood Highland Centre 2


Hollywood Boulevard - Phil is in search of a coffee in Starbucks

Hollywood Boulevard - Phil is in search of a coffee in Starbucks

Hollywood Boulevard - Olivia Newton-John

Hollywood Boulevard - Olivia Newton-John

Hollywood Boulevard - Colleen's Favourite - Hugh Jackman

Hollywood Boulevard - Colleen's Favourite - Hugh Jackman

Hollywood Boulevard  - the Hollwood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard - the Hollwood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard


We saw the hand and footprints of the stars at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and David loved Red Skelton's comment. Also saw the famous Hollywood Bowl.
Hollywood Boulevard - Red Skelton at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Hollywood Boulevard - Red Skelton at Grauman's Chinese Theatre


El Capitan - premieres for Disney movies

El Capitan - premieres for Disney movies


Later we travelled to elegant Beverley Hills followed by a drive down Sunset Strip.

We had a short break at the Farmers Market on Fairfax Avenue. The picture below tells the story. It started off as a dairy farm when the farmer struck oil while he was drilling for water. Later on in the depression, farmers parked their trucks there to sell fresh produce.
The Farmers Market - Fairfax Ave, LA

The Farmers Market - Fairfax Ave, LA

We dropped off most of our fellow travellers at Universal Studios for the afternoon. We went back to our hotel for a rest as we will be returning to the City of Angels for 6 days in mid June.
Universal Studios, LA- Phil and Julie

Universal Studios, LA- Phil and Julie

Sadly, we said goodbyes to Scott, our Tour Director and Eric, our driver. Eric starts another 10 day trip around California tomorrow, followed by a 10 day trip staring in Phoenix, Arizona then the same trip we have just done -23 days across the Us from East to West.

Thanks, Scott and Eric, for a wonderful trip.
Eric, our very trusty driver

Eric, our very trusty driver

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