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Seattle-Vancouver trip day 5 - the funcrunch files

Jul. 23rd, 2006 11:45 pm Seattle-Vancouver trip day 5

Ziggy in Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Originally uploaded by funcrunch.
We arose early and repeated the excellent W breakfast in the comfort of our hotel room, then took Amtrak to Vancouver. Our business class car was comfortable, but the trip wasn't as scenic as we'd hoped.

We arrived in Vancouver around 12:30. Customs was quick and painless, and we took the neat driverless SkyTrain to our hotel. It was too early to check in, so we consulted the Vancouver Vegetarian Guide for the closest veggie restaurant, and walked a half-mile or so to Chinatown. The restaurant in the guide didn't seem to be there, but the one in its place had a large vegetarian menu. On the way back we stopped for tapioca ("bubble") tea, a stroll through the pretty Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden, and a look at the World's Narrowest Building (1.8 meters deep) - both sites I had found through the Rough Guide to Vancouver I'd bought just before our trip.

We admired our spacious comfortable room - which includes a frig, microwave, and jacuzzi tub for much less than we paid at the W in Seattle - then napped for a couple hours before venturing back into the city. Downtown Vancouver is grittier than I expected, reminding me quite a bit of San Francisco with the graffiti, garbage, homeless people, and electric buses that fall off the overhead wires just like MUNI. At least the queer population seems vibrant here (also like San Francisco :-) ).

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Date:July 24th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
If there's any way to do so, be sure to go to VanDusen botanical gardens. They're a seemingly endless array of gorgeous exotic plants, breathtakingly beautiful. A full day's activity, pretty much. Also has a hedge maze (yay!)
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Date:July 26th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm sure you and zyxwvut would love it here.
Date:July 25th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Are you going to get out into the countryside on Vancouver Island? I have fond but vague memories of the forests and rocky beaches there from when I was a little kid on summer vacation.
Date:July 26th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
We weren't planning a trip to Vancouver Island but we did visit Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver today; I'm uploading photos now and will post a blog entry about it later.