June 5, 2009

A Trip Across the Border – A Short Visit in Vancouver

During our recent trip to Washington state we made a short side trip across the northern border of the United States into Canada. Driving north from Bellingham Washington we crossed at Peace Arch Park in Blaine Washington. From there we drove through Surrey, Delta, and Richmond British Columbia and into the city of Vancouver!

When we arrived we went straight Granville Island Public Market. The market had been recommended to us by several people – and we were not disappointed to make it our first stop. After finding parking we made walked between the various buildings to the Public Market building for a snack. The vast array of edible options was amazing – baked goods, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, chocolates, meats, pastas, and much, much more! A fantastic place to eat any – or every – meal! We ate some delicious savory puff pastry rolls and enjoyed walking around and checking out all the different foods for sale.

Granville Island itself is very charming. It would be a great place to spend a day browsing all the small shops and stalls throughout the various different market buildings. Unfortunately, we only had an hour or two to explore, but I look forward to going back sometime!

After the market some friends brought us to Stanley Park. I enjoyed the beautiful green landscape and amazing city and mountain views – great oasis in the middle of a picturesque city!

We ended our short trip with dinner at Takis Taverna in Vancouver's West End. It was great – fresh and yummy Greek food in plentiful quantities! We all shared hummus and artichoke dip and then I enjoyed spinach pie, while the others ate the lamb shank. All the food was very good!

A great afternoon north of the border!

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