Okay, well that turned out to be a longer absence than I expected. It's Spring Break where I live and we decided to pull the kids out of school 3 days early and head off on a little road trip to Vancouver and Victoria. Here's a peek at our week.
We rented a hotel room with a living room and kitchen and pretended that we actually live in a downtown high rise condo. Before kids this was my reality and someday it will be again. You do that too, right? This was the downtown view from one window.
And this was the mountain view from another. For a city girl like myself it doesn't get any better than this.
Watching the planes take off with a gorgeous view of North Vancouver. All this beauty while out strolling the sea wall in Coal Harbour.
Just in front of the train tracks where the sea bus arrives.
You can never, ever, ever go to Vancouver without making a pit stop at Granville Island. It's the law. Okay, it's not the law but it should be.
Sampling the macarons at a South Granville market.
And then all too soon it was time to board the ferry and be whisked away to Victoria.
We arrived in time for a magnificent show of cherry blossoms everywhere.
Victoria is British Columbia's capital and these are the gorgeous parliament buildings sitting across the street from the harbour.
The stunning Fairmont Empress Hotel. And did you know that palm trees can grow in Canada? I bet a lot of you are surprised by that.
My most delicious lunch at Rebar, which is a vegetarian restaurant that wowed even my non-vegetarian boys.
I was amazed at how much this reminded me of Scotland.
I love the abundance of brick buildings in Victoria, especially Victorian style. It's a rare thing in BC and for this Ontario girl it is heartwarming to be surrounded with all this Victorian loveliness.
If you see me on the street and I"m really cranky know you'll know why. I want to go back!!
But on a positive note, the draw for the Spring Fling Bright Box did indeed happen. Stephanie, you're the winner and I hope this brightens up your spring.