Visiting Vancouver is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time now. So, despite promising to focus on staycations, I recently took a flight to Vancouver and stayed there for a long weekend.
Yes, I hate flying, but the flight to Vancouver was uneventful, and I loved the views from the airplane so much, that I had to snap the above photos.
I always thought about Vancouver, which is a short 2-hour flight from San Francisco, as beautiful, diverse, just as laid back as my beloved San Francisco, but different enough to make the travel worth the hassle.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Our Vancouver vacation was simple and relaxing. We stayed in downtown Vancouver, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Yes, it’s not exactly a cheap hotel, but we got a great discount, and the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver is a lot cheaper than Four Seasons Hotels in the US. I’m not sure why – it was great in every way. Obviously, there are many excellent hotels in Vancouver that are far more affordable.
We went to many of the Vancouver tourist attractions, including the gorgeous totem poles in Stanley Park:
We also visited Granville Island (which we thought was too touristy), Canada Place, Gastown, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the UBC Museum of Anthropology, which we found boring to the point of tears.
Weather cooperated beautifully – we were lucky. We enjoyed the typical Vancouver mild temperatures without paying the price of enduring bucket loads of rain. We were dressed in short sleeves and tank tops most of the time.
Vancouver is very gay-friendly, which was apparent from these ads. The fact that there are two (possibly three – I haven’t seen a lesbian version) versions of the same ad seems to demonstrate a natural, healthy approach towards sexual orientation:
An older local lady that stood next to me as I was taking one of these photos (the ads were placed on a bus station) commented that she doesn’t feel comfortable when her grandchildren visit and are exposed to such explicit sexual messages, whether gay or straight.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. What do you think? Would you feel uncomfortable seeing these ads? Would it make a difference if your kids were with you?
Visiting Vancouver reminded me that sometimes, enduring a flight is absolutely worth it. I can’t wait for our next trip.