British chap + Spanish explorer, sprinkle with rain and voila: Vancouver
The plan was: Amtrak train to Vancouver, Canada and then fly home a week later. Cheapoair set up my return travel.
Rain! And more rain! The tracks were flooded and the train was cancelled. I stood at the check in counter at the train station with my mouth hanging open for a good sixty seconds. Who would have thought…… There was no way I was going to miss this long planned adventure, however. I called Cheapoair as soon as I arrived back home, and had immediate success in getting a flight out the next day.
I quickly discovered that Vancouver is probably one of the most wonderful cities in North America. Great weather… it was in the upper 60′s the whole week I was there, in late June. A little rain early in the morning, and then sun. Public transport was so easy to navigate and I could get wherever I wanted to go. Food was fabulous. You can choose from any ethnic menu imaginable, or go for an organic salad at the little corner bistro. If you like good coffee, which is one of my favorite things, I found this was a great city to sit in a café and watch the world walk by.
I didn’t get to half of the activities on my list, because every day my list grew. On my first afternoon in town, I saw floatplanes landing and taking off from the harbor. It looked like incredible fun, so I signed on and took a tour up the coastline, flying over mountains, glaciers and snow covered peaks. That was exciting! The next day I jumped on a shuttle bus from downtown to the southwest coast of Vancouver, and took a boat trip to watch killer whales. Wow – incredible is an understatement!
There were open-air markets, shopping, a comfortable and clean B & B, a wonderful public library, art and history museums, and gorgeous gardens. Everything and even more than I expected to find.
More stories to follow, but I am packing for Italy right now. (Believe it or not, I broke my foot…. Frankenboot travels to Italy, too.)