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False Creek at night
Documentary: Vancouver: No Fixed Address:
VIFF at  Vancity Theatre,
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
 
As an urbanite living in Vancouver’s increasingly  dense downtown core, I have watched with increasing dismay, as housing prices and rents have sky-rocketed and rental vacancies have become rare as unicorns. Traffic congestion is appalling, little used bike lanes impede traffic flow while cyclists ride aggressively in streets one or two further over that do not have designated bike lanes. And we are told that the geniuses at City Hall are still planning to get rid of two of the busiest routes for entry and exit...

    I'm off on the first leg of my travels. Not too exotic as I am heading down to the OC to spend a few days looking after the grand-children  before taking off for Istanbul.

Thanks to Westjet, I can fly direct from YVR to SNA (John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana). That has made a huge difference to my visits to the OC - not having to go...

In May after visiting my children and grandchildren in California, I decided that rather than flying back to Vancouver, I would join the Dancers At Sea dance group on the Sapphire Princess repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver. It was billed as a 7-Day Wine Country Coastal Cruise, and stopped in ports at Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. The same Wine Country Coastal cruise on the Sapphire Princess in May 2009 was the cruise that...

I joined the ballroom dance group on a seven night cruise through the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Whittier in Alaska on the Sapphire Princess.

Although the weather was overcast and raining for much of the time, the scenery was spectacular, the group was fun and the dancing was great.

Index to Posts:

1. Dancing from Vancouver to Alaska on the Sapphire Princess: Embarkation Day

2. Vancouver to...

The last three days of the cruise came up so quickly it was hard to believe that my marathon of dance lessons and nightly dancing was going to come to an end so soon. I was determined to fit in every last minute of dance practice that I could. 

So despite not getting to bed till well after midnight, I was up early on day 4 for an 8:30 lesson in the Wheelhouse Bar. After warming up – and I...

It was grey and raining when we docked in Ketchikan on day two of the cruise. I had not booked any excursions as I suspected that I would need catch-up time for both sleeping and writing.  Several nights of going to bed well after midnight and waking up as usual around 6:30...

Embarkation Day

Although I have lived in Vancouver for more than 30 years and often watched the cruise ships leaving our port to journey North, I have never until now, cruised to Alaska. In view of my current determination not to take a cruise unless I get to dance every night, I was really happy to see that this year the dance group with which I have cruised a lot was doing the Inside Passage cruise starting in Vancouver....

The downtown area limits for our walk

The challenge: two friends visiting Vancouver, one in June, one in August.  One staying two nights with me in Yaletown. One here for a conference and staying at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle downtown hotel on West Hastings Street.

Both wanted to get a feel for what downtown living is like in Vancouver. Both had two days to experience the city. And I wanted to show them that Vancouver  has some of the best dining, anywhere. What to do?

The possibilities were so many...

Granville Street - waiting for peopleAttracted by the music, on the way home from lunch at Oru, we wandered up Granville Street towards West Georgia. 

enjoying the day on Granville Street As...

Well I have heard of terms like anti-matter and anti-gravity but I confess that I had not heard of anti-shoes until I walked into a store looking for sandals to replace the ones that kept giving me blisters.   Ballroom dancing is really hard on my feet, especially since I mostly wear quite high heels, so I am always interested in finding out more about different brands.  Julie, my massage therapist - who looks like an angel but finds every pain spot like a devil - suggested that my biomechanical problems - tight IT bands and tight every other muscle, would...

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