I have been in Vancouver for more than a week now and am already feeling the benefits of living in this dreamy city on the west coast of Canada.
Here is why…
This steel sculpture in Vanier Park, called the Gate to the Northwest Passage, frames a great view of Downtown Vancouver and the mountains in the background.
Granville Island Public Market is a culinary dream, with piles of fresh fruit and vegetables everywhere.
There is also plenty of naughty food such as cakes and these tempting caramel apples.
Vancouver has an abundance of Japanese restaurants and you do not have to go far to find delicious fresh sushi.
Most days since I arrived, there has been glorious sunshine and a clear blue sky. It is true that with this kind of weather, comes lots of smiles and a general positive feeling.
For a place that gets to much rain, it makes sense that sun and dry weather would have people beaming.
I have been walking for miles everyday, taking in the different neighbourhoods of Vancouver.
Along the Seawall…
In the Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver…
Following the trails in Stanley Park…
Plenty of spaces for reflection and relaxation
In this city, there is no need to go to an expensive spa to find a peaceful spot. There are idyllic spaces scattered all over the place.
When the sun is shining, which it has done pretty much every day since I arrived, my favourite spot to relax and have an iced coffee are the sunbeds next to the conference centre on the waterfront – not far from the cruise ship terminal, Canada Place.
I could sit here for hours enjoying the mountain views. Some people use them to have a nap, catch up on some reading, or just have a quick rest.
Mini urban paradises, complete with greenery and water features, can be found everywhere.
This one is located along Burrard Street, outside the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. If there is any such thing as Feng Shui, this has to be it.
Spotting colourful flowers always cheers me up and, at this time of the year, there are plenty of tulips.
In fact, Vancouver is blooming lovely generally.
A few more days in Vancouver and then I am off to visit British Columbia’s capital Victoria over on Vancouver Island.
Have you ever visited Vancouver, or would you like to visit?