Brief pause: Beautiful British Columbia and Vancouver

Brief pause: Beautiful British Columbia and Vancouver

Can you believe it? Today I actually rode a bike – for the first time in probably ten or more years. Not only did I ride a bike, but I rode it all around Stanley Park! If you’re unsure as to why this is such a big deal, you obviously don’t know how generally uncoordinated I am.

It’s a completely gorgeous day in Vancouver and about time I got ‘back on the bike’, so to speak. We’ve ended up in B.C. for a stay – an attempt to catch our breath, catch up with some writing and blogging, and explore this beautiful (and favourite) part of the world.

British Columbia Grouse Mountain Vancouver

Beautiful British Columbia and Vancouver

Vancouver is as awesome as I remember it. We’ve found a little spot in Gastown to live, within walking distance to the waterfront, cafes, fabulous Asian supermarkets, parks, pubs…

Of course, hanging out here does remind us of how very lucky we are. There are many ‘residentially challenged’ people (as our new mate Edward says) in the area, but with that said, I’ve not once in my three visits here felt unsafe. Indeed every person in the precinct has their own story to tell. As for me, I’ve always wanted to spend an extended period of time in Vancouver and I’m so fortunate to get my wish.

We’ve even met some cool people – interesting and creative; plus there’s a cute dog in the crew named Lydia!

British Columbia Grouse Mountain Vancouver

Stanley Park was on the ‘to do’ list for our first brilliant sunny day − and what a gorgeous area it is. The park is actually 10 per cent larger than New York’s Central Park and riding around the perimeter we encountered beautiful forest areas, beaches, a lighthouse, stunning coastal views and mountain scenes across the water to North Vancouver and beyond. Can’t wait until it snows because the only view better than the one we had today is that where the mountains are capped in white!

Am pleased I didn’t fall today. Or hit any small children or dogs. What crazy adventures will I come up with next? ;-)

We do have Whistler, Buntzen Lake, Vancouver Island and Deep Cove on the ‘to do’ list – if you have any other ideas please list in the comments, much appreciated.


If you’re interested in more stories from this divine part of the world, you might also enjoy:

The X-Files and Vancouver travel journal

Heaven is Harrison Hot Springs

Coffee & cocktails in Gastown

Wonderful Whistler adventures

Discover Victoria and Vancouver Island

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