All photos taken on May 12, 2022.
Our first full day in Vancouver was a bit of a mixed bag. We did lots of walking, as evidenced by my first two posts. This post deals with the bits and pieces of a rather full day.
Friends are Forever ©
School buddies of old
keeping in touch over time.
Friends are forever.
After our morning bloom and Lost Lagoon walks, we set off to explore Coal Harbour. The skies were threatening, but, hey, this is Vancouver. We did not see much or get far, before the showers sent us on to our main purpose—afternoon coffee. We grabbed coffees from JJ Bean and headed back to the hotel for a relax.
Our favourite Edmonton Ethiopian restaurant (Langano Skies) is closing in June. We will miss this place, but, we had packed along a special Langano Skies takeout meal to share with B & K. Langano Skies, now being served in Vancouver. Yay. Even Benji looks like he wants some.
After dinner, B, Patty and I set off on foot for the new park at Richards and Smithe to meet up with S, a lifelong friend to Brian and family. As we walked, the rain started and then the hail started. Good thing we were mostly water proof. We hid under the building overhang in this new innovative park and watched the hail fall as we waited for S to arrive.
The new park is quite imaginative in design and despite the rain, was getting a lot of use by folks of all ages.
S & B, singing in the rain?
The rain finally let up and the sun even showed its face briefly. We opted to do a bit of a walk-about as S headed back to the Skytrain station and home. We eventually found ourselves in Cooper’s Park along False Creek.
The next three shots are of the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Center. How did we not know this was here? On display are the old locomotive turntable and engine 374, which pulled the first passenger train into Vancouver on May 23, 1887, almost 135 years ago.
Nearby, we stopped beneath the pink Blossom umbrella art installation in Yaletown SkyTrain plaza. the light was fading as we said our goodbyes to S. It was great to see him.
Yaletown B.I.A. installation of Fun Run T-shirts in Helmcken Plaza.
Almost home, we took a short cut through the plaza in the Wall Center. Seeing the lights come on was magical.