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.
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 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.
We had dinner in an extrememly well patronised restaurant in Chinatown.
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.