Sunday, June 3, 2018

ALASKA TRIP 2018 - SUNDAY, MAY 6TH, 2018 - A MARKET AND A GARDEN

I will add this on every post, just to let anyone who doesn't know, that we are actually back home.  I am now sharing my journal from the beginning of May.  If you want to see all the posts written so far, you can click on the label below this post entitled : Alaska Trip May 2018.



Granville Public Market and Vandusen Botanical Garden
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sunday, May 6th, 2018



Today we went to two places.


The first was Granville Island Public Market a friend of Gregg's recommended on Facebook. It was wonderful! The first place we walked by was a coffee kiosk and I got my morning coffee, made with a whole lot of love.



Next door was a chocolate shop and surprise!  I was drawn to it and bought a few fancy little chocolates....


which I had for breakfast, not my normal breakfast but hey, I am on holiday, it was on a whim...



like a bee to a honey pot.



Next to that was a bakery and Gregg bought a Napoleon, another whim.  



We walked around the market for a while. You can see more of it here. It reminded us of Pikes Place Market in Seattle. 










We walked outside to the river - False Creek - and watched small taxi boats and others go back and forth. 







I didn't have the right camera and there are no photos, but there were Cormorants flying high above the river, carrying nesting materials in their beaks. There were a few pigeons around also.  This I did get a photo of, he landed right in front of me.  A bit blurry but it's a memory of a funny little pigeon trying to attract the attention of another funny little pigeon.



It was warm today and I didn’t need a cardigan. Gregg didn’t bring any short sleeves so we may have to go shopping sometime. Not sure what the weather will be like in Alaska. 



After we walked back to the car we said this area reminded us of Cannery Row in Monterey, California. It had the same feel to it.




Underneath the bridge there were artists painting murals. 


The whole area was full of this kind of art and




there was one big parking area that had dozens of cement trucks painted very colorfully in different designs.  Tall towers nearby that looked like silos were also painted.



There were sculptures also along the street. We left this delightful area and thought our niece and nephew might enjoy it. We pick them up tomorrow afternoon. 


Gregg suggested we go to the VanDusen Botanical Garden a few miles away next. It is a lovely garden. The tulips were in bloom, past peak perhaps but still beautiful.  






There was a statue I was very curious about when we first entered the garden, of a couple who seemed to be sleeping on a bench.  It's title was “Departure”, a life size bronze sculpture by the American artist, George Lundeen. 



According to the artist, “The original piece came from a sketch I did in the Rome train station. There were a couple of kids across from me on the marble floor. It became the first life-size piece I ever did.” The work was completed in 1984.  You can see other works of his here.



The artist is a native of Nebraska, and was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar studying in Florence, Italy. He established his studio in Loveland, Colorado in the mid 1970s where he continues to live and work. This beautiful bronze work was donated to VanDusen by the late Paul Heller of Vancouver.




We headed to the cafe/restaurant near the entrance. Neither of us was that hungry but knew we should eat something else other than our not so healthy breakfast. We decided on a cheese plate. It was for one person but was more than enough for two people. They were also offering afternoon teas which looked delicious, but far too much food even for one, and we knew we would be leaving a lot on the plate. Our cheese plate included two cheeses, Cheddar and Brie, slices of prosciutto and ham, little oblongs of bread, small individual pots of mustard, jam and tiny pickled pearl onions. We weren't sure what kind of jam as we didn't recognize the taste, but it was an excellent and light meal. 



I wasn’t too successful getting photos of birds. Well, one crow, or is that a raven?  I can never remember the difference.  Book comes out later.  I did see a hummingbird a couple of times, but it was way too fast, and knowing that we would have to wait a while before it came back we moved on.



In another spot a couple of photographers had their cameras trained on a hummingbird nest and were taking up a prime spot.  It was the only clear view, without any of the tree branches getting in the way.  The nest was protected by a wrap-around fence of chicken wire to prevent people getting too close.  These photographers must have gotten there early and were waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect light. There was no sign of them leaving.  I stayed as long as I could but there was again no chance to take a photo.  Other photographers came and went.  In every other direction tree branches full of leaves were in the way.  The two had staked their claim, planted their flag and had no intention of moving, patiently waiting for as long as it took for those baby hummers to pop their heads up. I mean, look at that lens!  A crowd had gathered and everyone was speaking in very hushed tones.  A man heard me ask what everyone was looking at when I first arrived, and started talking to me. He was a local and his wife was sitting patiently on the grass nearby. We moved away from the vicinity of the nest and he told me he was here the day before trying to get pictures of the baby hummers, was unsuccessful and was too late to get that special spot today. He did tell me about an osprey he had seen fishing on the nearby lake and had gotten decent photos. He asked me if I would like to take a look and seemed happy when I said yes please. Gregg had walked on ahead at this point and was taking his own photos.  It was a bit hard for me to look at the bird on the man's viewfinder without my reading glasses, but he magnified them and I could definitely see an osprey with a fish in its claws. I remarked that they were excellent, after he had also pointed out the feather patterns. It was a pleasure to talk to a bird enthusiast and I thoroughly enjoyed looking at his photos.  But it was time to continue our walk and I thanked him. Gregg had come back and I explained that we were vacationers and he asked from where.  It was another few minutes before we left.  Another very nice man, his wife too.  She remained seated on the grass but joined in a few times.  And off we went back to the hotel.



When we returned it was later than usual, and we had a good appetite. Tonight we could not resist the Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, but added the Caesar Salad that we had last night.  (Sorry, no pictures.  We were too tired and too hungry, and it was a bit of a weak-willed day today.  Again we swapped each other’s plate half way through, and enjoyed sampling two meals instead of one.  When we go to our hotel restaurant, we have been lucky and it is usually before the crowds arrive, so I feel we can do this without raising eyebrows.)



We are very impressed with the place, the food is excellent and we like the staff.  As we are usually tired after a day of sight-seeing, it is very nice not to have to go too far.  All we have to do is enter the hotel, walk across the foyer and down the hall, then after we have had a nice leisurely meal, we retrace our steps, find the elevator and get up to our room. 


 

Tonight there was a function going on in the large room across the hall from the restaurant.  Both men and women were dressed in black, at least a hundred. To a person they looked very sharp and elegant, smiling and chatty.  Many of the ladies wore a simple strand of pearls. 


Tomorrow we head to the airport, and when I think of seeing our niece and nephew, whom we haven't seen in three years, I get a very, very happy feeling. 






28 comments:

  1. Markets, Botanic Gardens, murals, sculptures, birds AND chocolate and other treat foods??? What a wonderful day.

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    1. It really was amazing. We tried to eat properly but by the end of it all we had had some pretty amazing food, and best of all we walked and walked and walked, and when we came home neither of us had put any weight on. Just showed us, exercised can be a very large part of staying healthy. Now to keep up that pace.

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  2. What a fabulous post and I love seeing a place that I have never been to. Loved this virtual walk around, thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy your day. Diane

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed Diane. Thank you and you enjoy your day also.

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  3. I now have a yearning for chocolate and it's all your fault, Denise. Loved reading about your trip, though.

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    1. I always yearn for chocolate Valerie ;) but happy you are enjoying our trip.

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  4. Hello, the market place looks wonderful. I love the mural and sculpture. The gardens are lovely. Looks like a wonderful trip! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen and the same to you.

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  5. Denise, appears that you had a marvelous trek to Alaska. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It exceeded expectations Doug, glad you are enjoying it.

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  6. What a lovely time in Vancouver!

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    1. It certainly was, thanks Christine.

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  7. Wonderful sunlight art and nature, plus the memory of the elegant people in black!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia, lots of good memories from this trip.

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  8. Such a lovely day.
    I enjoyed seeing all of your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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  9. It is all so wonderful!!! The flowers are so exotic! Especially the beautiful big yellow ones toward the bottom. The coffee and chocolates look divine, and I would have done exactly the same thing...only more! The roses are amazing, especially the big yellow ones tinged with red. This entire city looks like a city of artists, with all the murals and art. So much to see and love!! Surely this was your best day EVER!

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    1. It was definitely one of them Ginny, lots of visual and tasty treats in store :)

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  10. Oh my gosh, the chocolate and raspberries. That would have been my breakfast. The shots of the flowers are just beautiful. I will be playing catch up with your posts of your trip.
    Happy week ahead
    betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy, I am craving them right now :) Happy week to you too.

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  11. The botanic gardens look wonderful, but so does one of those Napoleons!

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  12. Denise, there is nothing wrong with chocolates for breakfast and we should know as we had ice cream sundaes for lunch today! Looks like you had great weather for all those outdoor activities: flowers, bird watching and sculptures and the cheese plate looked wonderful too. Nice to be sharing along in your travels. Thanks too for your comments on recent blog posts, always much appreciated.

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    1. A kindred spirit Dorothy :) we really lucked out with the weather. You are very welcome, I always enjoy visiting your blog and catching up.

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  13. That must have been an amazing trip,I would love to there☺

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    1. Thank you Natalia, it was amazing.

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  14. Great shots! The flowers are lovely and the murals are incredible!

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    1. Thanks Linda, it was all as you say, incredible! :)

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