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This week we had a short, but sweet, vacation in Vancouver. It had been much too long since we were there. I love the vibrancy and diversity of this beautiful city; to see so many people, locals and tourists, out enjoying themselves – cycling, walking, swimming, eating. So many opportunities to experience art, culture, and amazing natural beauty. Dark side? Sure. It’s a large, expensive city, with a substantial divide between rich and poor. Overall, however, a gem in a beautiful part of the world, our Canadian west coast. Highlights: staying at the Sylvia Hotel; taking False Creek Ferries to Granville Island; delicious dinner at Vij’s; dessert at Bella Gelateria in Yaletown; seawall walk at Stanley Park; Vancouver Art Gallery and Gallery Café.

The view of English Bay from our beautiful 7th-floor room at the Sylvia Hotel which is perfectly situated in the West End, near Stanley Park.

The view of English Bay from our beautiful 7th-floor room at the Sylvia Hotel which is perfectly situated in the West End, near Stanley Park.

Snacks from Ayoubs and coffee in our beautiful room at the Sylvia Hotel.

Snacks from Ayoubs and coffee in our beautiful room at the Sylvia Hotel.

Pre-breakfast walk along the Stanley Park Sea Wall.

Pre-breakfast walk along the Stanley Park seawall.

Smokey skies from many nearby forest fires.

Smokey skies from many nearby forest fires.

The patio at the Gallery Cafe, Vancouver Art Gallery.

The patio at the Gallery Café, Vancouver Art Gallery.

City view with starling.

City view with starling.

My birthday cake treat at the Cafe.

My birthday cake treat at the Café.

The beautiful Vancouver Art Gallery. There are several interesting shows on right now. Big changes are happening for the VAG, with a new facility well into planning stages.

The beautiful Vancouver Art Gallery. There are several interesting shows on right now. Big changes are happening for the VAG, with a new facility well into planning stages.

Upon returning to the west end, we took a short walk along the sea wall then back to the hotel to prepare for our evening out under the grand chapiteau for Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. We had a lovely walk through the west end and ate a very delicious light dinner at ShiZenYa on Hornby Street. Nice sushi, a lot of vegetarian options, organic greens and brown rice, and Ocean Wise fish. The night was crisp and dry so we decided to walk to the venue which is at Concord Pacific Place at the old Expo site. Along the way we watched people skating on the outdoor rink on Robson Street, just below the Art Gallery. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the smell of popping corn, the buzz of excitement, and the beauty of other patrons who had adorned themselves in Cirque-worthy outfits. Our Victoria friends M and I met us there and we all enjoyed the show so much. A quick sky train/bus ride back to the hotel just in time for last call at the Sylvia lounge. I had a boozy hot chocolate; the perfect end to a perfect day!

Late afternoon light plays with clouds and reflections on English Bay.

Late afternoon light plays with clouds and reflections on English Bay.

Photo does no justice to the wonderful meal at ShiZenYa. We will definitely eat there again.

Photo does no justice to the wonderful meal at ShiZenYa. We will definitely eat there again.

Absolutely magical outdoor skating right downtown.

Absolutely magical outdoor skating right downtown.

Festive, warm and friendly in the lounge at The Sylvia.

Festive, warm and friendly in the lounge at The Sylvia.

Last week we headed over to Vancouver for three days; what fun! We really appreciate having a much larger city in which to play so close to our little lovely town. We missed the bus on tuesday morning which would have put us on the 9am ferry, so were forced to eat a delicious breakfast at our favourite place Mo:lé, and had time to go back home to snuggle the cat for a few minutes before catching the bus for the 11:00 boat. The straight was a bit rough, but we arrived on the mainland intact and a quick bus/skytrain ride later we were downtown. First stop, the Sylvia Hotel at English Bay; our home away from home whenever we go to Vancouver. After a quick freshen up we headed out to walk the sea wall towards Granville Island. We found some great art to view at a few of the South Granville galleries. Equinox Gallery had an amazing display of Takao Tanabe; the largest number I’ve ever seen in one place. His work is so beautiful. A bit of shopping and then an AMAZING dinner at Vij’s.

Winding our way through the Gulf Islands.

Passing another ferry en route to Victoria.

Out in the straight, the chop was causing the ferry to bob about a bit!

Lovely walkway along English Bay in the West End with views across to Kitsilano.

The Ferry stop at the Aquatic Centre. From here you can get to Granville Island, Yale Town, Science World and a few other stops.

A quick hop on the harbour ferry from the Aquatic Centre to Granville Island.