Tuesday July 19, 2016

I don’t know what you did in the weekend, but we Mad Midlife Kiwis spent some lovely leisurely hours in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Vancouver is truly a scenic dream, with rain forests and mountains towering over mirror-glass skyscrapers everywhere you look.

On Day 1, we got a quick look-see at colourful Chinatown (second in size only to San Francisco) … British-flavoured Gastown (with its unique steam clock) … magnificent Stanley Park (with 1000 acres of majestic evergreens and 10 kms of scenic seawall) … Lions Gate Bridge … plus some genuine West Coast Native Totem Poles.

Then on Day 2, we enjoyed an early-morning drive to Tsawwassen (bet you can’t pronounce it) where we caught a 90-minute ferry ride to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island … followed by a drive-by-get-out-and-walk tour of Victoria (capital city of British Columbia).

Our coach then dropped us off for a leisurely-romp-plus-botanical-treat-plus-lunch in the world-famous Butchart Gardens … featuring the fragrant Rose Garden, the relaxing Japanese Garden, the unique Sunken Garden, the accented Italian Garden, the Concert Lawn and Ross Fountain, to name just a few.

Words simply cannot convey the gorgeousness and colour of this magnificent place. So, instead, grab an eyeful of some of the flowery photos we took. (Would you believe me if I told you this 50-acre botanical estate used to be an ugly quarry? Well, it’s true!)

STILL TO COME: We transfer to Vancouver’s cruise terminal, board the ms Zaandam, and begin our long-awaited Alaskan adventure … gliding away under the Lion’s Gate Bridge and heading north through the Inside Passage. Prepare to feel extremely envious …

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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