Some of you might be aware that my family spent a year in Vancouver in 1970, I had my 8th Birthday in Canada. We moved here from here Isle of Wight, as a child I just took that in my stride but looking back now I can see what a huge step that was for the family. Now, being back in Vancouver 46 years later I was keen to find our old house and the school that Carl and I attended.
We are starting to get complaints that we aren’t posting often enough (!) so in an attempt to catch up, and before we lose our internet connection for a week here are our thoughts on Vancouver…
Wow, what a beautiful city. Vancouver is built on a peninsula between the Burrard Inlet and English Bay. Our hotel is on Denman Street in the West End, a block from Stanley Park and running almost North-South with water at each end – idyllic. Across the Inlet is North Vancouver with its three mountains, Cypress, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour, they are covered in forest and look fantastic against the clear blue skies.
The rail trip up to Vancouver was fantastic, it followed the coast, hugging the shoreline most of the way up and we saw eagles and very large herons a plenty. The journey took four hours but did not feel like it, there was so much to see in perfect weather conditions. On arrival the Canadians let us through immigration and we got a taxi to the Times Square Apartments near Stanley Park. We have got a self-catering studio apartment, it is just what we need after 4 weeks of hotel rooms and restaurants it is a place where we can relax, do our own thing, do our laundry!!
We had a great weekend in Shaftesbury and caught up with some old friends. Mark and I had to watch the sport on Saturday, while the ladies went into town. We did not spend all our time in front of the TV, we visited two National Trust sites, Stourhead and Montecute. These are two fantastic places and well worth a visit if you are ever near them.
Yesterday we heard from Cunard about our voyage. We have received our tickets and instructions to be at the port at 15:00 on 17 July for embarkation. No news yet on what time we sail but as high tide is at 22:37 I expect it will be quite late. We have also received our tickets for the Princess cruise as well.
The planning progresses. We have booked our accommodation for five nights in Vancouver, an apartment at the Times Square Suites near Stanley Park. This should be a great base from which to explore the city and to trace the Major family steps from our time living in Vancouver in the 70’s.