Thursday, August 29
On Thursday, we explored Vancouver. We started with breakfast at The Templeton, a cool vintage diner serving locally-sourced foods and lots of vegetarian options.
I had the Farmer’s Breakfast with eggs, veggies and rosemary potatoes. Jim had the Denver Omelet. Yum.
We looked at the map when we finished and decided to walk across the bridge to Granville Island Public Market, a great collection of shops selling produce, chocolate, bread, pastries, flowers and cheese as well as clothing, handbags and art.
Sherazad Jamal, owner of Free Lion Productions, makes lovely bags and journals from repurposed leather and vegan leather. There were lots of finished bags displayed at her booth in the Market as well as several bags-in-process. I found a set of green and black vegan leather panels embroidered with the Golden Spiral. Sherazad was kind enough to alter the size a bit to fit my needs. She sewed the bag up while we finished our shopping. I love my new bag and it’s just the the right size!
The weather, cloudy and cool on our morning walk, had deteriorated while we shopping. We decided to take the Aquabus back across the water.
We walked the rest of the way back to the hotel to dry off and rest a bit before dinner. Vancouver has a large Asian population so we thought we’d try something different. The Malaysian restaurant Banana Leaf was only a few blocks from our hotel and turned out to be a great choice. We got their just as they were opening and it filled up quickly after that – always a good sign for a restaurant.
I had a Green Asian Salad, Tofu Goreng and a Mai Tai:
Jim had Gulai Seafood and Roti Canai.
I’d give them four stars since they only had a few vegetarian options. I was sorry there wasn’t more to try since everything was so good! Jim said he’d go five stars from the meat-eater’s perspective.
We went back to the hotel for an early night since we’d be driving home the next day. We ended up staying up for a couple of hours watching a spectacular storm. The rain started coming down heavily and we started seeing regular flashes in the distance behind the buildings. We first though it was a lighthouse since it was so regular. Then it started coming more frequently and we realized it was lightning when we heard the thunder. It was pretty cool to see the high-rise apartment buildings backlit with bright flashes. I shot a short video you can see here. The thunder doesn’t come for several seconds after the flash so that should mean the storm is several miles away but seeing the rain and the wind, it sure felt like we were right in the middle of it!
Tomorrow – Vancouver, Day Three – Shopping and a long drive home.
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