Thursday 9 March
We're all set for our trip to Vancouver. We leave on time with a bit to spare, just to make sure we won't miss the ferry. Unfortunately I notice too late the expiry time for the parking fees, after I have selected 4 days and paid, and I can't do anything about it. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
It's not the best day for a ferry crossing, as it is very overcast and we can hardly see the mountains for the low hanging clouds. I have a few impressions of the trip though (Departure Bay, Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver).
At Horseshoe Bay we catch the bus to downtown Vancouver and walk from there to the railway station where Dianne has to catch her train for the next part of her trip, starting in Seattle.
Our shared holiday has come to an end and we have to say goodbye. We won't see each other again until after the 9th of April, when Dianne will return home.
I can't check into our airbnb until 3 pm, so I walk the streets to find the railway station where I have to catch the train later in the day to the airport to pick up Wim. It's raining cats and dogs, I can't find the station and Google Maps is not much help as the location marker keeps shifting from one street to the next, so my GPS can't find its bearings and neither can I.
Killing time for nearly two hours in the rain is not much fun, so I find a Starbucks and shout myself a nice cup of coffee. Coffee and lunch on the ferry have long been forgotten.
Finally it's time to find the airbnb, check in and drop off my luggage. The hostess is friendly, but just businesslike friendly. I get a cup of tea and then I can rest my poor legs, and back! I read a while until it's time to catch the train to the airport. The station entrance was well hidden, but I manage to find it and I am well on time as Wim's flight is delayed by 45 minutes. I have a bite to eat and sit and wait, and wait, and ...... finally, there he is! I should've taken a picture, I know, but forgot it in the excitement.
It's still raining and when we finally make it to our address at W Georgia Street we are happy to sit, rest, and chat until it's bedtime.
Friday 10 March
CPC (Canada Place Cache)
|A boot store|
|Inner city private gardens|
|Vancouver's power supply|
Then we walk back to the waterfront and enjoy a bit more of the sights and the seaplanes:
|Orca whale - sculpture|
|Stanley Park in the distance|
|No idea what this is...|
We return home to have a rest and dinner and after dinner we make the most of a pleasant day and walk towards, and through, Robson Street. Shops and restaurants galore.
|Not the best of pictures, but it will have to do|
Saturday 11 March
Sunday 12 March
|A beaver dam|
|The three Wise Men|
|One of many walkway decorations|