Sunday 17th June
Now for something different. Emboldened by yesterday’s excursion on bus and train we decided to leave Linda and Doug at home while we went exploring by bus. We hopped off the bus at Kitsilano Beach or as it is more affectionately known, Kits Beach.
We saw it at 1pm and thought it was crowded but 4 hours later it was more crowded. The amount of white skins leads me to be concerned how many redskins there will be tonight.
The number of logs does not really give any idea of the number of people who will sit on or beside those logs.
The sand is the colour of cement powder and there is no surf. Not even a ripple. As the tide goes out the sand is replaced by weed covered rocks, logs, pipelines, oysters and other shellfish.
Venturing further than ankle deep is putting your foot health at risk. The beach is for playing not swimming. Playing? There are about 20 beach volley ball courts all in use while people are practising between courts and on nearby grass. The basketball courts also get a workout .
We followed the coastal pathway past Vancouver Maritime Museum and Vancouver Science Museum. We had considered going to one or two of Vancouvers several museums. They all have an entry fee of around $26 on average. We compared that to all the FREE museums and Art Galleries in Brisbane and decided to pass on the museums.
We passed under the Burrard Street Bridge. The bridge has some interesting decorative sculptural work on the bridge superstructure above the roadway. One is a bust of Captain George Vancouver while the other is Sir Harry Burrard-Neale.
We continued walking past what I thought were a wonderful set of units built around a man- made lagoon and overlooking False Creek and the vast expanse of marina. Later Doug and Linda explained the units have a great outlook but are very expensive, in the CAN$2,000,000 range, are small inside and are a leasehold with a 99 year lease.
So? What’s the problem? (Apart from the price tag) There are only two of us and we do not need a vast unit and at age 70 is a 99 year lease going to bother us? No we are not thinking of buying. Just saying.
Soon we arrive at the place we have been before, Granville Island Markets. It seems that the population not at Kits Beach is trying to find a parking spot here. Going to the market food hall would be madness so we opt for something new. Tony’s Fish and Oyster Café http://www.tonysfishandoystercafe.com/l0jonmrnwwz1aur8ywvbdxr2kcczxg
This tiny hole in the wall café has limited seating of about 12 tables, does not have a view and the only way to get a table is to put your name on a list outside, detailing how many in your party and then, wait. An earlier Fish and Chip place with a view over the marina had a 90 minute wait. Soon 4 people left the café but there was no party of 4 waiting. The waitress called us and another couple , pushed the tables apart and we had only waited 5 minutes. Not so the Chinese family of 6 who waited with patience until shortly before we finished and until the waitress was able to cobble a table for 6 together. One waitress, 4 kitchen staff and they were all busy, great food and great service. Well worth the effort of finding the café.
We walked to the food hall, bought yoghurt ice cream and began the walk back to Kits Beach to catch a bus back to the house.
In all we walked around 6 Klms today.
We arrived just on 6pm in time for dinner.
So ends our seventh week away from home.
Only another week before we fly home to the GC in OZ.
Tomorrow we drive to Seattle, USA via a scenic route and after that will be a mystery. Linda has some plans.