|Art gallery, Vancouver, BC|
On a family vacation back in 2010, we took over 1700 photographs (!) and to filter and distill, just a few, for this post was really hard as you can imagine. Here are a few postcards that capture the allure of Vancouver!
The city tourism website has a curated collection of quotes from different online and print resources which I will use throughout the post. The experts have succinctly captured the essence of the city in a few words!
All images used in this photo essay are taken by my husband. kindly write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org before using.
|The skyline as seen from Stanley Park.|
|Vnacouver Harbor shimmers under the night lights.|
"You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well...Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling." – The New York Times
|Vancouver by night!|
"Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains -- or both. And everyone looks so healthy." – The Daily Telegraph (UK)
|Tourists queue up to see more of Vanouver's wonders!|
|The setting sun paints the sky with brilliant hues over the pacific ocean at English bay|
|A-MAZE-ING Laughter, 14 intriguing bronze statues at English Bay|
"In winter, the heart of downtown [Vancouver] is 30 minutes from the ski slopes. In summer, sun seekers crowd its beaches and seaside promenades. And despite a rain-prone climate, it displays a perpetually sunny disposition. Consider it the supermodel of North American cities." – USA Today
|Tourist buses and street artists - a common Vancouver phenomenon!|
|India in Vancouver|
|Granville Island - Urban market at its best!|
"Vancouver is one of North America’s most under-rated tourist destinations. It is a modern, travel-friendly city with a unique mix of cultures. The relatively mild Pacific Northwest climate and an energetic restaurant and nightlife scene are other features that make this such an attractive city." – LowFares.com
Personally, the mountain-scape, the glistening water bodies, the cool mountain air, the crisp multi-cultural vibe, the extremely convenient public transport and the spectacular sights were the highlights. We planned this trip on a whim and without much forethought and were pleasantly surprised by what BC offered us and how easy it was to find our way around. We felt right at home! I came away with a longing to explore the rest of Canada.
With its global flare, international appeal and and a buzzling multicultural scene Vancouver makes the cut to be featured on Aalayam's Around the World series! Vancouver is not your run-of-the mill metropolis. There is a palpable vibrant energy at every turn!
|Totem pole at Brockton point, Stanley Park - First nations artistry|
This is probably where I found a slice of heaven on earth - the majestic Butchart gardens!
|Beauty of the Butchart!|
|Paradise on Earth?|
And finally, the waterfront Victoria destination - the Inner Harbor! If you like to take a stroll, then there is no other place like Victoria's Inner Harbor. Architecturally impressive buildings, street musicians, ferry boats, plenty of photo points, food vendors - The Inner Harbor has it all!
|Parliament building soaks up the evening sun by the Inner Harbor, Victoria, BC|
There you go! Beautiful British Columbia brought to your doorstep by Aalayam. Hope you enjoyed this travelogue? Write to us if you are a traveler and would like to guest author and add to our bank of Around the World feature posts.