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Vancouver and Home

When we woke up in the morning we were getting ready to dock in Vancouver. Since our plane didn’t leave until almost midnight, that gave us a full day in Vancouver to hang out. We grabbed a hop-on/hop-off bus pass that gave us unlimited rides on the bus system. Vancouver is a cool place and there are plants and trees and flowers everywhere in the city.

Plants everywhere in Vancouver
Plants everywhere in Vancouver

The people of Vancouver take their parks very seriously. We went for a tour around Stanley Park, which was a nice place to see and probably a nice place to visit if you are a local.

Lord Stanley, as in the Stanley Cup
Lord Stanley, as in the Stanley Cup

After Stanley Park we went to Granville Island which was a bunch of fun. There were restaurants and shops and places to hang out.

Granville Island
Granville Island

The Granville Island Public Market is really a must see in Vancouver. I would love to have a place this awesome market next to where I lived. The assortment of fresh foods in here is incredible.

Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market

There is a bunch of great ingredients and product like these fish.

Salmon and other fish
Salmon and other fish

And these dried meats and cheeses.

Dried meats and cheeses
Dried meats and cheeses

And these bakery items.

Bakery items at the market
Bakery items at the market

And these chocolates.

Yum, these look sweet
Yum, these look sweet

The fresh pasta looked amazing too.

Can't beat fresh hand made pasta
Can’t beat fresh hand made pasta

After Granville Island we ventured off to Gastown to grab a drink and a bite to eat. We found ourselves at Chill Winston which had some great appetizers and beers.

Nice little beer sampler
Nice little beer sampler

And some apps to keep us fueled up before the long journey back home.

Wild mushrooms, fish tacos and crab cakes
Wild mushrooms, fish tacos and crab cakes

After hanging in Gastown we hopped on the train and made our way to the airport to catch our overnight connecting flight to Ottawa before ending back in New Jersey. By the time we got home we were exhausted, but that hardly mattered. Alaska was an awesome place and the memories of the trip will hang around for a long time.