Our much anticipated trip to Vancouver came and went in the blink of any eye. 6 days is really the average for us when we take trips but this one kept The Husband and I on our toes and it flew by. This was our second time visiting and we were able to cover much more ground. The first few days were work for The Husband but I managed very well to keep myself busy. I'm getting ahead of myself though. Of course there had to be some mishaps. The Perils of Pauline often occur in Blondieville and this was no exception. There's something about travel and airports...
At some point during our 4 1/2 hour flight I felt a sort of pricking in my chest area. Like getting stabbed every few seconds. I went to the washroom on the plane and pulled the zipper down on my sweater and saw the culprit. The sharp underwire of my bra had poked through the fabric and was actually stabbing me in the chest. I did what I could to poke and pull it into place and then went back to my seat. Needless to say I fiddled with this for the remainder of the flight. I was well aware that I might just be drawing attention to myself, the woman in the aisle seat pulling her zipper up and down and seemingly fiddling with her bosom. But it was after all, a matter of life and death.
Long story short, we made it to Vancouver, got our luggage, went through customs and all the while I worried about bending or twisting...truly stabbing myself and dying in the most embarrassing way possible. Finally I was able to get to a washroom. Can you imagine trying to undress and remove your bra in a 3 x 5 space when you are in a complete sweat? I was so relieved to dump the offending garment in the trash bin, black and lacy and sexy as it was. Then I had to deal with being braless and spending the next hour finishing up at the airport, taking a train to the area we were staying in and then a cab to the hotel. I did all of this with my arms crossed over my chest as if it were cold. No...it was 67 degrees and I'll be darned if I wasn't dressed for the 37 degree temps and snow that we were having in Chicago when we left that morning. I looked like an idiot. Bonjour Vancouver, Blondie has arrived. ;-(
A view from our hotel restaurant~~
As I mentioned in previous posts, The Husband was invited to give a presentation to a large international group of people having to do with the legal field. As an attorney for some 40 years, he is an expert in his chosen area of law and well respected not only in Illinois, but the entire U.S. He worked so hard preparing for this and he totally aced it. His portion of the plane fare, food and lodging was paid for so that was a plus for us, and the hotel was chosen by the hosting organization. It couldn't have been a better choice. Located in the Coal Harbour area, we were on the waterfront and within walking distance of some of the best sites. My first view of the mountains was from our hotel restaurant.
The husband needed time and space to prepare for his presentation and was also meeting with people here and there so I was pretty much on my own. I'm going to be brutally honest here, I'm really not one to get around well by myself. Yes, I did when I was younger. In my twenties I did a ton of stuff independently, had no problem going here and yonder by myself, but after 30+ years with a life partner, you get used to doing things as a couple. But I had to come to the realization that we aren't Bert and Ernie and that I had to put on my big girl pants. I hadn't planned doing it in another country but with map in hand, I set out for a shopaholic paradise, Robson Street. Now, I can get lost in a phone booth but I have to admit, I did quite well and I really had a ball. Great shops and wonderful places to sit on benches and people watch. After two hours of shopping and browsing I stopped for a light lunch. I haven't had a meal alone in a restaurant in a very long time but I was quite comfortable. As I made my way back to the hotel I received a text from The Husband, "Where are you????" Ha! He's the one who booted me out of our room! Never underestimate a woman when shopping is involved.
Emily helped me shop for this vacation. She always makes me look at things with a fresh eye. I wear way too much black and gray and I don't like patterns...I feel frumpy and/or clownish. I wasn't too sure about several items, especially this top. When she said it looked nautical I fell for it. I actually wore it twice and as I teased on Instagram, I slept on it. We had feather down pillows and I'm allergic. Every time I thought of asking for synthetic it was late at night so I would lay a piece of my clothing over the pillow. It kept me from waking with splotches on my face. This blouse was nice and soft. Double duty.
Our brother in law, Jack, has lived in Vancouver for well over ten years. He married a gal from there and unfortunately it didn't work out but he loves where he is and plans to stay. It was so great seeing him and he has a new friend, Isabella (Izzie). The Husband and I had such a wonderful time with them at this restaurant, Cardero's. Located in the harbor, we were swooning over the incredible yachts tied up to the piers. I especially loved the nautical decor inside the restaurant; ship wheels, anchors, canoes and small versions of seaplanes hanging from the high ceilings. The seafood was incredible and we enjoyed catching up with Jack and getting to know Izzie. I can't say enough how impressed I was with the restaurant, the location, views, decor, service and excellent food.
The harbor next to Cardero's
I was so lucky to meet up with two bloggers, seems I 'know' someone in every city I guess that's probable when you've been blogging for 7 years. Lori, from Family Trees May Contain Nuts (far right) and I have been blog friends forever. Nancy, from Stonecrop Sisters, and I have been following one another for about 2 years. We met at a restaurant a few blocks from my hotel. We had a wonderful lunch and as always, I'm so happy and surprised when I meet bloggers and we talk and laugh like we've known each other for years. That was the case here. :-D
We drove up to Whistler, BC early Monday morning. It was gloomy and raining but the drive was beautiful. The sea on one side of the highway and on the other, mountains that changed from solid rock to sky scraping pines.
As we neared our destination the sun came out and it was even more spectacular.
I did my research and found a hotel in Whistler Village where we could walk to everything. It's called The Delta Whistler Village Suites. This is a view from our room. You can see the snow covered ski trails on one of the mountains. We don't ski but I was feeling that athletic and adventurous vibe in the air. I told The Husband we should take lessons in Michigan where there are a few places to ski, in fact our kids took lessons. Well, it was a nice but fleeting thought.
We strolled through the village, stopped in a few shops and had lunch on a rooftop cafe. The weather was perfect, all that was needed was a light jacket. Many of the restaurants have heated outdoor spaces such as this one where we stopped for a cocktail.
The Village looked so gorgeous lit up at night as well. Everything is open a little later as the skiers go as long as they can. There was a festival going on in the town as well, so there was live music here and there and a pretty happy crowd.
Seeing the rings from the 2010 Winter Olympics made my heart skip a beat. I'm glad I got this photo at dusk, it really looks cool, doesn't it?
We had to leave early the next morning for the two hour drive back to Vancouver. We decided 'next time' we would stay in Whistler longer. We never actually left The Village.
Back in Vancouver we checked back into The Pinnacle. I had viewed some other places to stay but this hotel was very nice. I asked about upgrading our city-view room to a waterfront view. It was $20 more and The Husband said I could come down to the restaurant if I wanted to see the water. He's blunt like that. The girl at the desk gave me a sympathetic smile. When we arrived on the 18th floor I noticed our room was across the hall from our previous room...and yes, you've got it. She gave us the waterfront view! We had a small balcony and this was the view that evening. That lit up structure in the center of this photo is actually a floating gas station. It was not only a pleasure to watch the boats coming and going but there were many, many small seaplanes. I have tons of pictures of them on my camera and I was able to zoom in on them as they were taking off and landing. And they tied up to piers just like boats! That was a new thing for me.
Our last day was very rainy. Drenching rain and we wandered around with umbrellas and ducked in and out of shops and bars. We ended up for dinner at a beautiful restaurant in the Westin Hotel where we celebrated our last night having seafood chowder, fish and gelato for dessert.
I hope this wasn't too long or drawn out, or too busy with photos. I haven't had a chance to look at the ones I took with my camera. We arrived home late Wednesday night. I think spring arrived in Chicago while I was gone. I'm sitting outside as I type this, it's 75 degrees. Unbelievable. The Husband is cleaning out the shed and the dogs are lying in the sun. I haven't sat still since I came home. Grocery shopping, eye doctor, a visit with Emily who watches Elsie on Thursdays, and the annual visit to the vet with Milo yesterday. You want to hear something funny? Abby has been moaning and groaning about how old Milo is getting, 14 years old (young). She thinks he's going deaf and blind. So yesterday I asked Dr. B. just how old Milo is based on his records. Well the darn dog just turned 12 last fall! I couldn't wait to tell Abby. Now, don't you wish we had that sort of luck? Just a mere two year miscalculation on our age?
Quiet week ahead (I think). I hope to fiddle around outside, I have some daffodils and early tulips coming up as well as grape hyacinths and snowdrops. I'm going to plant a little 'salad garden' while the weather is still a bit cool...I think I'm going to give up the tomato plants in containers, I only manage to get about five ripe ones and that's not until late August. :(
I hope you're having a great weekend and that you might just be having weather like us. It's heavenly! See you soon.