Monday, March 22, 2010

Farewell to the flame...Vancouver the Host, and the Hostess is Home.

Sunday we stopped by to view the Olympic flame before it was extinguished.

We did park the Volvo signs of any traffic wardens so we took our cameras and ran!

The Olympic party is over now and Vancouver is ready for more visitors.
Hotels are plentiful and affordable, there is something for everyone's budget....the YMCA rents rooms!
City of great scenery, fresh air, fabulous places to dine, shopping and the arts.
Coffee shops and cafes pepper the streets.
The Art Gallery on Robson is conveniently located downtown and they have great displays and a gift shop. Their cafeteria is surprisingly good too.

These scenes are in the vicinity of the new Vancouver Convention Centre.
The area is located at the waterfront and is very picturesque.
There were clouds in the sky and the threat of rain when we were walking around. On a sunny day the views to the north shore are spectacular.

Vancouver is a very green city, set amid snow capped mountains beside the Pacific Ocean. People have commented that it is very like Hong Kong in it's setting.
Vancouver has lots to offer the tourist.

Downtown is accessable by foot, there are trolleys that tour and cabs are easy to hail.

In the centre of this image the floating barge with the Olympic rings is visible.
The rings were lit in the traditional Olympic colours, and when Canada won a medal they would be  GOLD!

My favorite things to do are walk and shop Robson Street, South Granville, Granville Island, Holt Renfrew, Hermes, Tiffany's and Meinharts.
Sitting at Starbucks on Robson, or any outdoor cafe is a wonderful place to people is fashion on parade.

Places I like to explore;
Stanley Park
UBC Endownment Lands

Restaurants on my fave list;
Cin Cin
Dunderave Fish Market

I am planning to be a tourist in my own hometown for a while and reconnect with our local merchants and explore our beautiful parks. 
I'll be cooking at home more, "the party" is over for awhile here in the Humble Bungalow and it's back to reality for the Hostess.

Routine and work are what I need for now, and that's a "Good Thing" as Martha Stewart would say, because it is what is on my agenda for the foreseeable future!


  1. Not to mention the best dim sum outside of Asia, or so my Chinese American friends tell me.

  2. I love Vancouver, and am hoping to visit again soon. Thanks for sharing these photos and your favorite places!

  3. I loved my visit to Vancouver many years ago and long to go back. Maybe this year will be the year!

  4. I used to live on the corner of Robson and Denman, walking distance from Stanley park, walked to work downtown (breezed by the Hermes store every morning)... Now I'm thinking why did I ever leave? Thank you for the memories!

  5. I thank all you Canadians, especially the ones living in Vancouver for being a super host for the Olympic Games. It must have been a long and stressful task. Everything went well. I´m by no means a sports freak, but it has been entertaining to listen to the radio during that time. And congratulations for the many gold medals your country received!