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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Friday, 3 July 2015

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical TChinese Garden












This Ming Dynasty garden is the first one built outside China. It opened in 1986 and recreates the private areas you would find in a Ming scholar's home. Inside the Hall of One Hundred Rivers was this beautiful silk embroidered screen. The reflection made it look as though the butterflies had just flown in through the window.






Hand laid pebbles in the main courtyard reflects the yin and yang with a balance of rough and smooth stones.








Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown, Vancouver is the older more historic part of town with its many heritage buildings. It is built next to the waterfront and developed as a seaport and centre for trade and commerce in the 1880s. Soon many warehouses began to spring up along the waterfront. However much of it was destroyed in The Great Vancouver fire of 1886. It was rebuilt during the boom years of the 1900s and has now become a magnet for tourists with its many restaurants, cafes and individual shops.











Inside one of the buildings known as 'The Landing'


Thought it unusual to have this staircase at the front of the building.


These two heritage buildings built in the 1880s were once general supply stores for loggers, miners, fishermen from all over the Province.







The triangular building at Maple Tree Square. The city's first saloon bar was built in this Square for the sawmill workers.










Next to Gastown is Chinatown. You can still see the old Chinese buildings.



The familiar gateway into Chinatown.








We returned in the evening to have a meal and to see the steam clock, which is run entirely by steam. Built in 1977, it isn't old but the explosion of steam it emits every 15 minutes is well worth waiting for as were the Westminster chimes of Big Ben that you can hear every hour.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Stanley Park, Vancouver

This park seems to have everything from beaches to dense forest; cultivated landscape gardens to totem poles. No explanation is really needed so just enjoy a pictorial walk through the park.











































What a great idea to get dry after playing on the beach. You just press a button and it's like having a number of hand dryers aimed at you.





Whilst having a sit down and some lunch, we attracted the attention of a local racoon.
He had a quick look round and then went to investigate the waste bin.

                                                                                                       Not quite tall enough.





This is Lions gate bridge built by the Guiness family in 1938 to provide access to West Vancouver


















After a long walk around the park we walked back into town along the sea wall. This is Canada Place where the cruise ships dock. It was a beautiful evening for a walk with a stunning sunset.