Saturday, June 4, 2011

All around Vancouver

Friday, we decided to take the hop on-hop off bus around the city. It's really a great way to cover a lot of ground. And convenient, as one of the stops is just a block from our hotel. The buses are open air, so you can see everything and have some narration, which is sometimes recorded and sometimes given by the driver or a guide. The quality, and audibility of the narration varied widely from bus to bus.

Our first hop off was in Chinatown to see the Sun Yat Sen memorial park and garden. It's much more crowded than the Japanese garden yesterday, perhaps because it is so sunny.

Here is the gateway to Chinatown.

Here are a few from the park and garden

From Chinatown, we walked to Gastown, to see a bit of the historic part of the city. Unfortunately, this does take us through a rather dicey neighborhood. I thought if we followed the route of the bus tour we would be okay. However, it was a really nasty street. Perhaps hopping back on the bus would have been a good idea after all.

Gastown is full of shops, historic buildings, and this famous old steam clock.

And the shops were fun. This one was guarded by a Canucks fan

Location:Robson St,Vancouver,Canada

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