Sunday, July 25

Oh Canada!

We've arrived without incident in Vancouver (sadly that's not the view from our hotel room in the photo above, but a picture of the Vancouver Lookout, perched 130 metres above the harbour foreshore). Landing at Vancouver airport in and of itself was the perfect start to our vacation. As we passed over the Canadian Rockies the pilot rotated into a leisurely descent path that flew parallel to the snow-capped peaks until landing. Even better, we've arrived as a week of glorious weather unfolds. Blue skies and temperatures in the mid-20s are forecast for the week ahead.

On our first afternoon in town we took a walk down to the waterfront and the cruise ship terminal. This'll be our departure point for Alaska four days from now. I can honestly say that Vancouver is located on one of the most stunning harbours you'll ever see. We then hit the jackpot food-wise last night after stumbling across a Japanese style tapas bar called Hapa Izakaya in the trendy Yaletown district.

Today we're off to hit the sales. We're hoping to pick up some discounted winter gear for our December snow tour through the Swiss Alps and Antarctic Christmas vacation. I'd also like to find some hiking boots to get me through the next few weeks. We'll focus on Vancouver's tourist highlights tomorrow.

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