November 30, 2004
This is a panorama of Vancouver from the North Shore. Also available as a QuickTimeVR.
And this is the opposite view, from Vancouver looking at the North Shore. QuickTimeVR also available.
The SeaBus is a catamaran that takes you from Vancouver to North Vancouver, across Burrard Inlet. It is a cool 15 minute ride, and your transfer ticket is good for any of the public transportation, including the monorail. Just try not to sing.
View from Above
Step off the elevator at the Vancouver Lookout and you have directions to a bunch of world cities.
I love this view of two of the coolest looking buildings in Vancouver. The domed building at the top right is the Sun Tower, and it was once the tallest building in the British Empire. The red and tan terra cotta building in the foreground is a beautiful old building.
Looking out at the boat-like Canada Place, you notice the building towering over it has a flight control tower. I believe this is the tallest control tower in the world, and the air controllers there cover the seaplanes and helicopters that are everywhere in this shore area.
The boats at the marina as you walk under the bridge toward the Granville Island Brewery.
Now, I just don't get "modern" art most of the time, but this seemed to be a display of a room with laundry facilities and anyone who wanted to could make an appointment to come and do their laundry. Right. I still don't get it.
Lyle Lanley: Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
Like a genuine,
What'd I say?
Ned Flanders: Monorail!
Lyle Lanley: What's it called?
Lyle Lanley: That's right! Monorail!
Luckily I managed not embarrass myself. The SkyTrain is really nice, and most of the public transport in Vancouver runs pretty well.
Standing on the "deck" at Canada Place, the convention facilities built to look like a ship, you can look out towards North Vancouver. What a great view, even when it was raining.
I didn't get to go out to Stanley Park, but I did see it from Canada Place. It looks pretty cool, and I think it has official rain forest status. Imagine waking up and going for hike in the rain forest, then stopping off at a great restaurant for lunch, picking up a six pack a the brewery and trundling off for a skiing session in the evening.
I really love the Vancouver skyline and the architecture here. It reminds me a good deal of London, with some cutting edge buildings mixed in with older, more stately ones.
Did I mention that they made Canada Place look like a ship? Here are the "sails". It is a very nifty idea, and it os well executed.
November 28, 2004
Pike Place Market
You can see the Space Needle reflected in the EMP's pink-hued building. The EMP is just a simply cool looking building. I wish I had the time to go in and visit the exhibits, but it takes over two hours and they closed early on Sunday.
This is the best of the views from the Space Needle. I gotta say, it just isn't worth the $13 ticket ($17 for you to get a night view as well). The Needle's webcam is probably a better value, and it lets you see previous days if the weather is bad.
The problem with the view from the top of the Space Needle is that the Needle itself is largely responsible for Seattle's skyline. Obviously, when you are inside, you can't see it. The view from below, on the other hand, is pretty amazing.
November 26, 2004
Portland is sometimes referred to as Bridgeport, because of all its bridges. This is the most striking of those, I think. The Hawthorne bridge has a section which lifts straight up to allow tall ships through.
Driving around what's called the Fruit Loop, the long scenic way back to Portland from Multnomah Falls. We went up and around Mt. Hood. And there was snow. I love the snow, and absolutely loved every minute. Even when AB was sure we'd be killed in an oncoming blizzard.
From the bridge looking at this big boulder in the pool. Apparently, several years ago, a big chunk of rock (possibly this one) fell from the cliff and killed a few people who were swimming in the pool near the falls.
AB took me to this really cool place called the Doug Fir. The Douglas fir is Oregon's state tree, and this place makes use of a lot of Douglas fir wood. It is really stunning on the inside, and quite quirky. Pretty much like the city it is in.
The bar is just a spectacular display of what a good woodworker can do with a lot of wood. It is made, as is the hanging top, from small pieces of wood placed to look like a tree trunk. Not only is the atmosphere here great, but the food is quite good, too.
I took this panorama from the top of Skinner Butte. A QuickTime VR version is also available (2MB).