Friday, September 02, 2011

from ten floors up

... you get a finer appreciation for the sheer power of the physical beauty of this place. When we arrived in Vancouver yesterday, we were upgraded to an executive suite high atop the Sunset Inn, a suite overlooking False Creek and English Bay and the bottle-green highrises of downtown.

The view is spectacular, and from this height you can discern all the geographic attributes that make this city so appealing. But we find we sometimes miss the drama inherent in having a suite overlooking the back lane and the judgmental possibilities behind watching people park in a tight lot.

Last night we wandered down to English Bay and walked along the seawall, following the setting sun until it dipped into the ocean. The walkways were teeming with humanity, toddlers to grandmothers, cyclists and joggers and walking sticks. With every strolling couple we passed, we overheard tantalizing snippets of conversation, every third one in a language other than English. The night was bursting with life.

Today we perused the thrift stores for kitchen supplies and tomorrow the Resident Offspring Offspring Formerly Known as Resident moves into her new digs, after having reconnected with her peeps, as they all start to wander back into town. We old folks will be reconnecting with our own peeps, away from the ivory towers, amongst the rainbow flags of the West End.

Life is good on the coast.

6 comments:

kelly said...

it's funny how we get different views of cities. I guess I've been to Vancouver enough times to become complacent about the good things it has to offer while becoming irritated by the idea of the traffic as soon as I drive off the ferry. I rarely go over for "fun" it's usually for a purpose, a meeting or seminar or something. I kind of look at it as a necessary evil. I'm glad you enjoy it.

Allison said...

Remind me tomorrow to show you my pictures from on top of the Shangri La. Breathtaking.

Hope everything goes smoothly with the move back into residence. Can't wait to catch up tomorrow!

Dale said...

Sounds ideal except for having to leave the OFKR!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am sure that purpose has a lot to do with one's feeling for a place, Kelly. For me, Vancouver has always been a place where I can visit people who mean a lot to me, no seminars involved.

There are some amazing views around this town, Al, no question. See you later!

The only fly in the ointment, Dale! That, and the blister.

phlegmfatale said...

THati s absolutely stunning! I hope I get to see it sometime. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It really is a lovely destination, Phlegmmy. Why not join us there for Communique next month?