Can you believe there have now been 300 small pleasures posts – gosh! Well, this week’s edition brings together some of the rest of my recent trip to Vancouver. The purpose of the visit was to see my older brother, a small pleasure in itself. Here are some of the other things from my time on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
I was lucky enough to get to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see the Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment exhibition, a collection of more than 200 works of art by women artists of the 1920-1940s. It was a fantastic exhibition, with some amazing works that I hope will remain with me. Below is the outside of the gallery and one of the pictures taken from the gallery website that I loved, Prudence Heward’s, At the Theatre from 1928.
We ate out one evening at East is East, pictured below. I enjoyed a boulani, a stuffed whole wheat roti with paneer cheese stuffed with spinach and served with a chickpea dish, and very good it was too. There were some good lunches too – fish tacos at Cactus Club, a seafood salad at Seasons in the Park on the day I flew home, and a great salmon burger eaten with a fantastic view (see below) at Lift Bar and Grill.
Friendship and a walk
A highlight of my trip was meeting an old friend I hadn’t seen for years who now lives just over the border in Washington state. We met in Scotland, last saw each other in Australia in 1994, and got together in Canada 2022 – as she said, a friendship over three decades and three continents. A real big small pleasure! We took a walk along the waterfront, stopping by The Inukshuk monument and to watch kite flying on the beach.
A short visit to Stanley Park to see the totem poles was a must, as well as enjoying the views across the water through the welcome gate.
Below you can see the view we had with our lunch at Lift Bar and Grill – so peaceful, so beautiful, and a perfect accompaniment to lunch. The featured image at the top of the post was taken from Queen Elizabeth Park, which at 125m above sea level, is the highest point in Vancouver. Finally, a sunset over English Bay, taken on my last full day.
I am now back in Wellington after a trouble free journey home. Of course, when I was away Queen Elizabeth II died – what a life she had.
So, what were your small pleasures this week? Here are some other blog posts from a few fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life.
- Carol Ann over at Fashioned for Joy takes us to the wonderful looking Hillwood Estate and goes back to substitute teaching.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard enjoys moon cakes.
- Natalie the Explorer takes us to the charming town of Trinity.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea shares pictures of elephants.
- Share a coffee over at Trent’s World.
- Popsicle Society shares her Monday Motivation.
- Joanne at And Anyways enjoys raclette.
- Retirement Reflections shares lots of food pictures – and is one of the hosts of What’s On My Plate.
- Scribble and Scran goes to the farmers’ market and makes an apple crumble.
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