Sunday, November 1, 2015

O Canada!

When you live in Southern California, you drive to Mexico for margaritas.
When you live in Washington, you take the train to Canada for maple syrup. 
It's just what you have to do :)

We have LOVED taking advantage of our closeness to other countries in our travels so far! There's something so magical about leaving the country and exploring a different one (even one as similar and close as Canada). 
Last weekend we spent a quick 2 days in Vancouver, British Columbia and had such an amazing time! The city quickly stole our hearts. Everyone was friendly, we were surrounded by water and mountains (best combo ever), and the architecture was truly stunning. This contract in Seattle has been insanely busy for us, between flying home for weddings and events and our conflicting work schedules. So we were incredibly thankful to be able to steal away for this trip. We decided to take the train and we were so glad we did! It was easy, comfortable, convenient, and we had some beautiful views along the way. We honestly didn't miss having a car one bit. We got a lot of walking in and Vancouver's public transportation is wonderful! This was a bit of a mystery trip for Will since I did all the planning, but it makes it fun that way. He planned all of our trip to San Fransisco and it was so exciting for me not knowing anything about our itinerary! Man, marriage rocks...

Art installment outside the train station. 
Stanley Park: 1,001 acres of beauty.
Walking along the Sea Wall at Stanley Park.
More fun art!
We could walk around Vancouver admiring the architecture for days...

The Olympic Cauldron.
Canada Place.
The Steam Clock in Gastown, which is powered by a steam engine.  Only a few in the world!
Water Street in Gastown, one of our favorite areas of the city.

At the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The whole park was amazing!
 
We had so much fun! Felt like little kids running around exploring the treetops.
Stunning. 



Vancouver from a distance.
Our last stop was Grouse Mountain, one of the highest spots in the Vancouver area.
Riding up the chair lift with my love.
They had 2 cute black bears in a fenced area at the top of the mountain. They were so fun to watch! They stay in this little cabin up there in the winter, too. This big guy was enjoying his salmon lunch. Yum...
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