#ThrowbackThursday

#TBT – Vancouver

November 5, 2015

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Throwback Thursday – Travel Edition!

We thought it’d be fun to share some of our memories traveling together. Most of our trips have been for the sole purpose of escaping the mundane every stuff and just enjoying each other’s company. Have you been able to take some trips like that? I hope so. They can be so rejuvenating for relationships.

Throwback to…

Vancouver, British Columbia!

Vancouver was the first stop we made throughout this eight-day trip. I’ll cover the other two stops in the weeks to follow.

We visited Vancouver during Autumn of 2014. We flew into Sea-Tac Intn’l and rented a car. From there we drove up to the Canadian border (a beautiful drive) and booked a sweet little room through Airbnb.com. This is a website we have come to love over the past few years. If you haven’t stayed through them before, please give it a try! They have host homes conveniently located all throughout the world, and you likely won’t regret your experience!

Now I’ll spotlight on a couple of our favorite memories from Vancouver:

Entering Canada was kind of fun in and of itself.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWaiting to enter.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSome sort of stuttering problem fell on Bear when we were talking with the lady at border patrol about our travel, and she must have had the impression we were either smuggling in drugs, trying to hide out in Canada for an extended period of time, or that we’d recently come in contact with an Ebola outbreak. It was pretty funny.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWelcome to Vancouver!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESNext, Cafe Medina.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESVancouver is known for Brunch. (This is one of the perks of making accommodations through Airbnb. You get the inside scoop on the city you’re visiting from the perspective of a local.) The line for breakfast was out the door and down the block, but it was totally worth the wait.

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Cafe Medina had a smorgasbord of waffles and fun sauces to try them with. Think of tapas… and waffles. You can buy a petit wattle with a sauce and have it before breakfast, or you can order five and eat different flavors for breakfast. We opted for a couple and tried the dark chocolate and the pistachio sauce. Not sure what’s up with Vancouver and pistachios, but if you see it on a menu, just order it. No regrets.

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As usual Bear ordered a latte, and I ordered a chai latte with almond milk. Their almond milk was house made and super yummy.

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Honestly, I’m not sure what we ordered for our main dishes because the dish titles were in French but everything was great. We always seek out the places that have the decency to use free-range eggs, and their breakfast menu did not disappoint. I heard a girl to our left saying how she was addicted to their waffles, and at the table to our right – if I hadn’t glanced – I would have thought the woman was having a makeup session right there in the open. But alas, these are just some of the sounds people make while in Cafe Medina.

Paper-Ya.

An amazing bookstore slash paper store slash map store inside of a giant farmer’s market (more on that soon.) The place was a little nook. A hidden gem. I could have spent the entire day inside of the store. I could have bought close to everything in there and not regretted it. Okay… maybe. But it was a lovely place to be.

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Another little nook that sold me my favorite pair of earrings of all times. I didn’t take them out until Summer 2015 and only because I had lost one. Please visit Ugly Bunny’s Made-in-BC, laser cut, wooden jewelry here and buy something.

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Granville Island, in general.

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This is easily the best gigantic market we’ve ever been to. And yes, it’s better than Pike’s Market in Seattle. Based on personal experience I can say it’s not as large but still gigantic. Not to mention, the quality of varying products at Granville was much more impressive. I could go on… but you should really just go there yourself.

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We may have splurged a bit on our food choices while on this trip…

We each ate a bagel fit for a king and sat on the dock outside of Granville Market watching seagulls fly over the water while listening to (and kind of watching) an animated performer nearby. This bird wanted to eat our bagels.

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We decided to take an Aquabus: an adorable, tiny boat used as a water taxi service to take people to different points up and down False Creek (a channel off of English Bay.)

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We went all the way to The Village which is a neighborhood that was completely designed to accommodate the city’s guests from the 2010 Winter Olympics. They built some really nice housing, a grocery store, and some nice places for food and drink.

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We met a homeless man in a wheelchair with a pet bunny. He actually made money by letting people pet or take photos of his bunny.

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The Umbrella Shop.

This place was darling. A small little shop ran by a sweet older woman with a thick western European accent. There’s a first time for everything, and that day was the first day we’d ever considered the idea of investing in a decent umbrella. The purchase was well-worth supporting the little shop even if we’ll only ever use our umbrellas while vacationing in the Northwest U.S. And what a great deal – free repairs for life! So, if our umbrella ever breaks (and we happen to be in Vancouver, British Columbia), we can get it fixed for free. …I’d “accidentally” break my umbrella if it meant we could take another trip up there.

The Amazing Toy Store.

There is an amazing toy store when entering/exiting Granville Island. Great books. Fun toys. A seemingly entertaining play area for kids. We had fun looking at children’s books. If you didn’t know, Bear and I spend time cuddled up in the children’s book section on a regular basis, wherever we may be. We love adding to our children’s book collection.

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Just Driving Around… was lovely and relaxing.

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Stanley Park.

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Suspension Bridge.

We heard about this awesome suspension bridge in British Columbia. What we didn’t know prior to arriving was that it was like $70 per person (or something crazy like that.) Yes, to walk across a bridge. We knew in a beautiful place like BC there couldn’t only be one park with suspension bridge, and we were right. Lynn Canyon State Park. The bridge was beautiful, and the rest of the hike was just gorgeous as well. Annnd, it was free.

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After Lynn Canyon we said goodbye to BC and headed back to Washington. Evening was rolling as we began our drive through the beautiful forests of Northen Washington.

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Guess where we are headed below? Part Two to this adventure will be featured in next week’s #TBT!

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[A quick note: I’ve decided not to do any editing of these photos because a.) I want you to see everything as we saw it without making it look better, and b.) Editing this many photos would take away from time I could spend in my normal, non-social media life. With that being said, some photos are dark; some are a bit blurry; none are perfect, but the memories were lovely indeed so we hope you enjoy them.]

Through these #TBT posts may you find some inspiration for your next trip!

And if you’ve been to Vancouver, B.C., feel free to share some of your favorite places in the comment section below!

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