As promised, the store stood tall and proud, its windows reflecting a dull sky. I picked up a decent brand familiar to me, which happened to be on sale. A dollar saved is a dollar earned, is it not?
We walked and walked for miles and hours beneath an overcast Vancouver sky. I kept forgetting where we were and had to remind myself this was not Toronto where the buildings seemed dwarfed by the giant ones here. Tired, we trudged past Joe Fortes Restaurant, a landmark seafood restaurant and chop house, and a popular attraction with actors and people in the music business. It is said you never know whom you will bump into. Of course, one must make a reservation. Instead of waiting in line, a patron walks right in. Especially when new ships come into Vancouver Harbour, I heard this is a hopping place.
The hotel at last; I was ready to kick off my shoes and catch a snooze. By six or so, we ventured out to dinner across the courtyard to Café One in the other tower. Why hadn’t anyone suggested we bring sunglasses? I snapped awake from my lethargy at the sight of the foyer’s bright orange walls right and left. A seating area on one side encouraged relaxation and Wifi. On the opposite side, a bar and baby grand invited patrons to enjoy drinks and music but not open for business this early.
Most tables were in front of a wall of windows, which overlooked lush and soothing greenery. A sign suggested waiting to be seated. Were we with such and such tour? Yes. The wait staff person could not find the special and abbreviated menu for some time. Seated at a table for two I noted the crisp and flawless white tablecloths and sighed sinking deeper into my chair. The menu found, I ordered roasted chicken breast, which came with various scrumptious baby beets and sweet snap peas. The baby greens salad was not good. The restaurant mildly busy, service wasn’t bad.. I took our time with coffee and Mary with dessert.
Stuffed, we headed back to our room for a little reading and TV. Nothing interesting on so we prattled on as females will. Mary kept reading, then decided to try out the pool. No robes in the closet, she called the desk and a nice man delivered two robes on hangers within minutes. How is that for service at a large downtown hotel with 746 rooms and suites?
I tried out the high bed and chose the softest pillow. Why do they have so many? Though too many lights on, their distraction soon lost all significance as I melted into dreamland.
Vancouver Quick Facts:
- Population: 2.4 million
- A working not residential city
- Expo 1986 put Vancouver on the map
- Expected 15 million people; 22 million came
- Prince Charles and Princess Diana opened Expo
- Princess Diana fainted after a 3-hour tour of Expo
- A jump in immigration by 60,000 followed Expo from Hong Kong due to 1997 repatriation to China and the 1989 Tiananmen Square situation
- Pushed up real estate prices
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Next on June 20th – Vancouver: A Bus Tour Anyone?
© 2018 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles
July 13, 2018 at 6:15 pm
Interesting city, Tess.
July 13, 2018 at 6:25 pm
My kind of hotel🌹
July 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm
I don’t think I’d like to feel so anonymous in a hotel that size but I can’t fault the service Tess.
xxx Massive Hugs as always xxx
July 14, 2018 at 8:20 am
I so loved living and working in Vancouver. It didn’t actually feel like a big city to me. I have had a meal or two in Joe Fortes. Excellent. So many great restaurants in Vancouver.
July 14, 2018 at 8:35 am
I would love to explore a big place like this, WITH someone who knew how to be there. I’m fascinated by the differences. I’m looking forward to the next adventure.
July 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm
I do love your travels.