A Week in Vancouver - Wise Craft Handmade
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A Week in Vancouver

Vancouver
Vancouver
This past week was Spring Break for the kids, and the four of us headed to Vancouver, BC. We also went technology-free, turning off the kid’s smart phones at the Canadian border (imagine the horror!) I also took the week off of technology, only answering an urgent email or two. Really, this was the best part of the trip, we all needed it. We talked, made eye contact, laughed, listened, and had a great time together.
It felt so… so… old school.
Vancouver is full of things to do, see, eat, and shop, and just under a 3 hour drive from Seattle. We ran out of time to get through our entire to-do list, so we are already thinking about going back.
We splurged on a hotel with a comfortable set of rooms, ample space for the four of us, and right on the water, in Stanley Park. This is a very walkable/bikeable area, with much to see very close to us. Our first day there was sunny and beautiful, so we immediately stashed our bags in the room and got outside immediately to explore a bit of Stanley Park on foot.
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We stopped at all the public artworks built during the 2010 Olympic Games. Here, Emma and Ian are sitting at the base of the Olympic Cauldron.
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Douglas Coupland’s Digital Orca-
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Here’s Vancouver Rowing Club (we love Tudors, and rowing clubs)-
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Vancouver

The next day we went to Chinatown, where Peter went to the Chinese herbal ladies to get a special balm for his sailing-rope blistered hands (totally worked!)-
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Vancouver

Vancouver

The Punjabi Market (Emma now has her own pair of embroidered Indian slippers, so all is right with the universe)-
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Vancouver

We also managed to fit in a trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Aquarium, and not one trip but two to Granville Island.
I am now back, catching up on emails, and finishing up some exciting projects in the studio. More tomorrow.