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Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Feeling the Holiday Spirit in Vancouver, B.C. pt. II

We started off the evening (see what happened earlier in the day here) checking out lively Robson Street-full of international eateries, great shopping (I even found my beloved Spanish brand, Zara!) and people out and about meeting with friends.

Robson Street (by day)

Vancouver Public Library on Robson Street

We walked the length of Robson overwhelmed by options for dinner, I definitely miss being in a place where Indian, Mongolian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Greek are all eating options. In Spain, endless options are limited to the big cities. We finally decided on a café called Coco Rico (1290 Robson Street Vancouver, BC, Canada)and were pleasantly surprised. From salmon pesto pasta, to hearty turkey avocado wraps, its simple, fresh menu offered something palatable for everyone.

Finishing up dinner, we chatted up our waiter who recommended Trinity Street in Vancouver; famous for its extravagant Christmas lights. It’s a yearly competition that emerged after two neighbors were killed in a home invasion, when the residents banded together to make the area safer and more welcoming.

Trinity Street Christmas Lights Competition, Vancouver

Not a detail was left uncovered in dazzling bulbs, blown-up ornaments, or blinking candy canes. It was completely excessive, but that was part of the fun. I’ve never seen a neighborhood more into Christmas decor than this one.

We also made a stop in China Town that evening for the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens:

The Chinese Gardens were Magical at Night

Our last stop was the following morning at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. This bridge has been around since 1889, reaching 450 long, wobbly feet (137 m) across the surging Capilano River and 230 ft (70 m) above. The bridge is one of Vancouver’s top attractions and everyone from Marilyn Monroe to The Rolling Stone have made the adrenaline-inducing crossing.

Tummy-turning Heights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Totem Poles in the Totem Park at Capilano

The Bridge led into Vancouver’s famous temperate forests, linking to more suspension bridges between the treetops.

It was a beautiful escape from the city, and only 15 minutes by car from downtown!

Vancouver, Surrounded by Snow-Capped Mountains

Every time I return to Vancouver, I become more and more enamored. Hailing from Seattle, I can appreciate it as a more international, cosmopolitan city offering some of the same beautiful landscapes I’m so proud of in my hometown. Not to mention, the people I encountered there were so friendly! This is definitely a city I could envision living in and highly recommend everyone experiencing.

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