The PNW Diaries: Granville + Sunset Beach
After exploring Gastown, Jeremy and I walked right through downtown Vancouver (which was pretty much like every other business area in any city) toward Granville Island (thanks for the suggestion, Jenna!). I was super exited to take the itty bitty ferry across the river and a part of me wants to be a ferry conductor now. Since Vancouver gets a good number of American tourists from across the border, the conductor kept cracking jokes about Canadian stereotypes and I uncomfortably and quietly laughed to myself since I wasn't sure what was going on.
Once we pulled into the Granvile Island docks, I immediately fell in love with pretty much everything. The Public Market was my favorite because of all the food. I never thought I could walk around for hours just looking at food, smelling the food, and eating the food...but that's exactly what Jeremy and I did that morning. We ended up splitting the most incredible Clam Chowder Pot Pie from A La Mode (I'm still having dreams about it) as well as a sausage hot dog from the Kaisereck Deli. We actually ended up sharing most of our meals like this during our trip so each of us would be able to try more without paying for our own dishes. Unfortunately, we didn't stay long enough to experience Granville Island at night, like Angela suggested, but that just means we'll have to visit again. ;)
Afterward, we took the ferry back across the river and, despite the rainfall getting heavier and heavier, we spent the rest of the afternoon walking along Sunset Beach. Vancouver has such lovely beaches along the lake. They're all pretty small but there's just something so calming and relaxing about them. There's also a lot of art scattered around the area; for example, we came across a giant metal sculpture of [whale] ribs by Bernar Venet. By the time we were completely drenched, we were ready to make the long walk back to our temporary abode. I'm just glad neither of us got sick from being rain n00bs.