I was stoked to learn a little while ago that Renee, one of my oldest and dearest friends, and her partner Chris, were coming to Vancouver for a brief visit as part of a whirlwind North American tour on their way south to Australia and New Zealand. It’s kind of a shame that they have chosen this time of the year to head over here as the weather ain’t exactly what you would call ideal. But then again, they currently live in London which doesn’t normally fair any better in the sun percentage scale.
So last night I made my way out to YVR to meet up with Renee who was flying in from London, and Chris who had made his way back down from Whistler Blackcomb earlier in the day. The meet up was incident free, and we made our way back to town in a cab, back to my pad down town. By the time we got back, it was already getting a little late so we made our way straight out to Paramount Earl’s for a pint and a bite to eat before bed – fuel for our big day today.
Waking up this morning I was slightly dismayed by the weather which was ordinary at best. Anyone of my friends who have made the trip to Vancouver to stay with me in the past couple of years would be familiar with my somewhat famous “walking tour of Vancouver”.
Taking up roughly half a day depending on the average walking speeds of those partaking, the tour essentially takes in the best of the greater down town area including Gastown, the Canada Place and Coal Harbour waterfronts, Stanley Park including the totem poles and Vancouver Aquarium, a visit with some wild Raccoons near Lost Lagoon, and ending at the bottom of Denman Street in English Bay.
Renee and Chris seemed to really enjoy the site-seeing on offer, despite the gloomy weather, and we ended up calling it quits a little earlier than I maybe would have normally, in order to grab a bite to eat at Mr Pickwick’s on Denman. With full bellies, we were in more than good shape to tackle a little St Paddies Day festivities at Doolin’s, my favourite Vancouver Irish Bar.
Surprisingly, we were able to get in without too much fuss or time spent lining up, and we took pleasure in sinking a few pints of Guinness with Tara who we bumped into while inside. A great way by anyone’s standards, to cap off a long but fun day, and trip to Vancouver for Renee & Chris. I hope they get back over this way again real soon.