Even PasadenaDaisy has to leave Pasadena every now and then. I was looking for a change of scenery. It’s been pretty warm all through November here in Pasadena. I think I really started to get a craving for some “cold” weather when I had a cord of wood delivered in November and it was 90 degrees! My husband was looking for a new place to explore and celebrate my birthday. We quickly settled on Vancouver. Neither one of us had ever been so we were both excited. The weather was supposed to be reasonable. The expected temperature was to hover around 40 degrees which sounded cold enough but not bitter.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted with a huge downpour that lasted the entire time we were there with the exception of a few hours on Saturday. We live in Southern California and are in the middle of a terrible drought. So while we were a bit disappointed it was pouring out, we also very much enjoyed experiencing a rain storm. I have so missed the rain!
We were not going to let a little rain keep us from experiencing this city and all it has to offer. We began our exploration in Granville Island. While we typically would have walked from our downtown hotel, I convinced my husband that I would last a lot longer on this excursion if we could just take a cab to the island and I’m glad he gave in. Once we arrived, I immediately knew it was going to be the quaint, quirky type of place that I find so interesting. It has restaurants, theater, galleries, shops and a huge public market. As someone who loves to cook and poke around these kinds of places, I was immediately drawn to the public market. Not only did it have a ton of gorgeous food for sale and on display, there were loads of fresh flowers – and you know how I feel about fresh flowers!
The next day the rain let up, sun came out and we had a beautiful day ahead of us. We decided to explore Stanley Park which is a 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver, Canada and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of the Pacific Ocean. As a gardener / nature lover, this was the perfect choice. We walked from our hotel which gave us a chance to see the city finally. You just can’t experience a place from the back of a cab. Once we arrived at the park, we were surrounded by beauty. It’s a nature lover’s paradise. There are walking paths and wildlife to explore in every corner.
Once we tired from exploring the park, we decided to refuel with some oysters and Champagne (like you do). I had read about this quaint little restaurant called The Fish House and was excited to try it so we made our way over and I’m so glad we did. You never know what you will find at these types of places. I kind of expected it to be a cheesy tourist trap, but I was so wrong. The building is the style of an old Cape Cod type home and is warm and inviting from the moment you approach.
We decided to sit at the bar since we just wanted a snack. We had the entire bar to ourselves which was nice. Dana was our bartender and I have to say she made the experience unforgettable. She was warm and fun and was a great sport when I asked her to take a ton of photos of my husband and I. Her service was top notch all the way! We enjoyed wonderful oysters and filled up on Champagn then headed back to our hotel.
The walk back was stunning. Canada is seriously covered in maple leaves! They were all kinds of bright beautiful colors and I could not get enough.
Despite the rain, we had a wonderful visit to Vancouver. We met some wonderful people and made some new friends. We were able to explore areas and things we had not explored before. I came back recharged and inspired. Thanks Vancouver!