Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vancouver trip

I've just returned from the scenic city of Vancouver, certainly one of North America's most beautiful cities (when  the weather is nice). I walked sections of the city with my nephew, visited the wonderful Queen Elizabeth Park and had a tour of the city's main harbor, False Creek, in my brother's boat. Here is a sampling of photos I took. While the quality varies, it will give you a taste of this wonderful city.
Bloedel Conservatory set. A wonderful little tropical indoor garden in Q.E. Park. From top to bottom they are: A colorful bromeliad; towering banana tree; a blue macaw; a tree with hanging roots; curious little finch-like bird; an Eclectus parrot.

The Queen Elizabeth Park set. This sunken garden next to the Bloedel is similar to Butchard Gardens in Victoria in that it was built from a quarry. Very lovely.

False Creek set. This is downtown Vancouver's main harbor, where the 1986 Expo was set. From top: one of the many marinas with a shot of an AquaBus in the foreground. We rode one later in the week; downtown with a dragon boat in background and a two person paddle boat; sailboats in English Bay; a paddlewheeler 'party boat'; Canada Place located near the end of False Creek; my brother in the world renowned Museum of Anthropology; famous Bill Reid sculpture The Raven & the First People (which is huge); native people's ceremonial shield.

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