|Me in a bike helmet. We tandem'd through Stanley Park.|
A brief departure from my posts about art and design... My husband and I were in Vancouver, British Columbia last week, and I fell in love with this modern jewel. Just for fun, here is part of what I love about this city:
- Windows, windows everywhere!
Vancouver feels fresh and newly-built, and clearly the city's builders give its citizens what they want: Lots of natural light. All very stylized, very contemporary.
|Green atop most buildings|
- Vancouver-ites love their greenery and their pets.
There were dogs and rooftop gardens everywhere, and cute shops to outfit both.
- Gorgeous flowering baskets, hung from nearly every streetlight.
The fuchsias were especially beautiful. (We saw some of these in Seattle too.)
- This is a walking city, and people dressed accordingly.
I saw very few stilletos, but lots of chic boots and cute flats. The most common women's look was snug black pants (like riding pants), a dark neutral sweater or short coat, and a scarf for color and warmth. Plus a shoulder bag or stylish leather backpack. They could practically jog to work and arrive looking put-together.
Almost all the men carried them, from sharp businessmen to shabby slacker-types, and they were featured in virtually every clothing store we entered. Leather, canvas, nylon... the guys here toss everything in these bags: lunch, books, umbrella, you name it.
- And finally: Coffee is always brought to you in a ceramic mug and saucer, complete with sugar spoon.
Every block had a coffee house (or two), and we were always served with real dishware - no paper goods (unless it was "to go"). I never realized how much this little detail encourages you to slow down, relax a bit, and enjoy the moment. Ahhh...
Hope you enjoyed the journey!
|At a lovely Chinese garden|