O’Canada, O’Canada!

This was taken on the back of the dinner cruise we did one evening.

What fun we had on our recent trip to Vancouver, B.C.  We spent 12 days exploring the area with the sweetest couple ever; our son and daughter in law!  We have all traveled together and you couldn’t find better travel companions than these two.  They have been living there for work for several months and they showed us some beautiful places.  Have I told you that our son is an animator?  Of course I have!  He is working on a major animated movie and it will be out soon.  Trust me, I will let you know when it’s out.  It’s going to be cute!  Okay, back to my Vancouver story.

We flew in on American Airlines, which was so nice.  I love Southwest and that is what I travel on the most, but, oh me!  It was so nice not having to hurry to get a good seat as the seats on American are reserved.  The leg room was heavenly!  I will admit that the plane going wasn’t as up to date as the one coming home.  The plane coming home had little t.v’s on the back of the seats.  It kept me occupied for maybe an hour or two.  I’m super picky about movies, so I mainly scrolled through.  I love how they do all the safety features on video instead of having to watch the attendants show us how to buckle our seat belts as they bounce around the aisle and wait for the person on the speaker to speak.  Maybe that’s just me.  Any way, it seemed much more techy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my Southwest Airlines, they are fast and efficient and rarely late or cancel a flight.  Our flight going to Canada was delayed a couple of hours.  Thankfully, we were in a very nice airport and we got to visit with the sweetest young lady that was traveling from Africa to Canada.  Let’s just say that she was an encouraging young lady.  I needed to see and hear from someone like her and it lifted my hopes for our world.

I will share a few pictures of our trip without bombarding you.  If you want to see more, come see me for tea and I will share my photo album!

Oh, I have to share this.  We stayed at a beautiful boutique hotel called the L’Hermitage.  It was lovely.  It was a short walk to our kiddos apartment. We walked everywhere.  I just knew I was going to be 20 pounds lighter when I got home.  NOT!  Maybe it was all the yummy food we had while there.

Our hotel. Beautiful, quaint and a perfect location for us.
This was taken on the 5th floor where the dining was. I loved sitting on the patio for lunch!

The shopping was amazing!  We were in the heart of the city and each section of the city had a different vibe.  High end shopping was amazing to me.  It is so fun to look at browse at all the beautiful things.  The thing that impressed me the most was how friendly everyone was.  Even the guards in the stores were kind and smiled when we would walk in to “browse.”  Waitstaff at the places we ate were always super friendly.  Everything was clean and beautiful.  There was one sad part though… the homeless people on the streets.  They usually were in one certain area and it was heart wrenching.  I’m not used to seeing homeless people like that;  actually living on the street.  It breaks my heart to see people get to that point.  But….other than that, I loved everything about our trip.  Especially, being with our kiddos!

Here are few pictures.  (I posted more on my Instagram.)

I was so excited to see Laduree. A Paris Macron Bakery. We enjoyed not once, but, twice!
Sarah and I enjoyed High Tea at our hotel one afternoon!
A drive through Stanley Park! Gorgeous!
Yep, I did it! Such a beautiful place!
There it is! I actually survived! The bridge actually swayed and bounced around….scary!
Proof that we survived!
We aren’t in West Texas Toto! Trees!!!

 

 

The famous Steam Clock of Gastown.
Beautiful view from a restaurant that we dined at.
My favorite Father/Son Duo!
We rode a gondola up a huge mountain and, yet, another suspension bridge.
A stroll by the beach.
Stanley Park!
Saw this building and was impressed with the ivy growing on it.
Nathan, Sarah and Cinnamon. Cinnamon is 15 and went everywhere with us. She is a human in disquise in case you didn’t notice.
Me and my favorite travel companion!
I told you she was a human in disguise. 🙂
One of the many beautiful little towns close to Vancouver, Deep Cove. A Hallmark town for sure! Nathan and Sarah took us there on Mother’s Day. Beautiful place.

Okay, I have to stop somewhere!  When you go to Vancouver, you can see a crazy busy city, or drive to a beautiful park on the ocean or head to the mountains and see some amazing beauty.  It’s all there.  Friendly people, beautiful place.  I’d go back! Especially to see my kids!

Thanks for being a reader of my blog!  Until next time…..

California Cruisin’

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What fun we had with our friends as we cruised on the Celebrity Cruise Line in May.  A cruise is so much fun and even more fun when you can travel with great friends.  If you want to see the West Coast, this is a perfect way to see some beautiful places.

Day 1:  San Diego, California

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View of San Diego as we were waiting to cast off.

Day 2:  Santa Barbara, California

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My first time to ride in one of these!
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Some nice shopping in Santa Barbara! Must go back!

 

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Had lunch with these two celebrities. (Son and his girlfriend of our traveling friends.)

Day 3: Monterey, California

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Day 4-5:  San Francisco, California

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Lunch in China Town!
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San Francisco is a busy place!
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The guys golfed at a beautiful course in SF!
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The beautiful Muir Woods!

Day 6:  At Sea!

Day 7:  Astoria, Oregon

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15 minutes of fun on this ride….that’s all you need, trust me. We laughed through most of this episode!

Day 8: At Sea!

Day 9: Seattle, Washington

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Day 10: Nanaimo, B.C.

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Day 11: Victoria, B.C.

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Day 12: Vancouver, Canada and then HOME SWEET HOME!

 

 

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We survived and what a fun trip it was!
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Flying home on a beautiful moonlit night! Thankful for the opportunity and for safe travels!

My pictures aren’t the greatest, I know.  I took these pictures with my phone as I didn’t want to carry my camera.  I hope you get a chance to go on this cruise someday if you haven’t already.  It was relaxing, beautiful and fun!