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Vancouver II

February 23rd, 2011 (07:06 am)

Robson Street's often described as the Oxford Street of Vancouver. My hotel's at the unfashionable end. It's small and a bit shabby, but spotlessly clean, and very good value:

There's a corner shop at the end of the block:

Then, a bit further on, there's one of my favourite shops, London Drugs. You can buy just about anything there -- toiletries, tights, sparkly ear phones, chocolate, crisps, crayons. It reminds me of Wilkinsons in the UK:

Next, we come to the Art Gallery, which is being renovated:

Earlier, I'd had lunch on the terrace -- you can just see the parasols at the base of the pillars -- and taken photographs of my very elegant Tortilla Pie with Feta, my Butterscotch Pudding with Shards of Chocolate, and the cheeky (and very ugly) little starling who ate up all the crumbs but, unfortunately, those pictures didn't come out at all.

Across the road from the Art Gallery is Chapters book shop, another of my favourite places. The state of Chapters seems a good indication of the state of the economy -- since last year, they've dramatically reduced their stock levels, and closed their CD section. Despite that, the shop's always busy:

Opposite Chapters is Sears, the department store, which is a really good place to go when you need a public loo:

As I was tramping past, I couldn't resist taking this picture of one of the back alleys, the star of a hundred cop shows... I've no idea what the two guys were doing but, as my flash went off, I had a sudden vision of myself lying on the ground with the back of my head stoved in, and hurried away :-)

The next junction is with Granville Street, one of Vancouver's red light districts. It starts off quite respectably, with clothing, record and comic shops, a cinema, and the Orpheum, home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; then there's a series of made-to-measure rubberwear shops and 25-cent peepshows; and then you cross the bridge over False Creek and you're in Middle-class-earth, with rows of antique shops, and those places where rich women sell expensive toiletries and kitchenware to their friends:

A little further on is the Vancouver Public Library, which features (I believe) in Smallville. It's a fabulous building and I'm going there today to hear a talk, so I'll try to get some more pictures:

Next, we come to 'my' 7-Eleven, where I always stop to buy a bottle of orange juice after a game:

Finally, we come to the arena. They frisk you as you enter because you're not allowed to take in food or drink. They laughed when I told them that, if we were in the UK, they'd be looking for bombs.

Inside, the concourse runs right round the building, with concession stands and souvenir shops every few yards:

Last night, because the visiting team (the Montreal Canadiens, known as 'The Habs') was one of the 'Original Six', ticket prices were very high, so I was right at the back:

Before the game, both teams come out onto the ice to warm up -- no, these are not ants, they're the Vancouver Canucks:

Today, I'm going to a talk at the Library, and then over to Granville Island, where the Public Market sells organic vegetables, and apples the size of your head :-)


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)

That's really interesting - it's like the Where I Live Day pictures - it shows what the place is actually like. The lady in one of my earlies LJ posts would certainly not have recognised it by now, though!

As soon as I saw the first picture inside the arena, with the concourse and the outlets, I thought 'Oh! The MEN arena!' and it looks just like it inside, too. But that's not really surprising, I guess, as although I was there for a concert it is usually an ice-hockey rink.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 24th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)

I've just read S2C's post about your cat. I do hope he comes home soon.

The MEN Arena in Manchester? I saw Walking with Dinosaurs there!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: February 24th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)

Would you believe I saw Linkin' Park? Honestly. D-d was a big fan - and actually it was a really good concert.

Shaka is still missing - it is totally out of character. We have put posters up, reported him missing to the MSPCA, rung all the vets...

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
ani giraffe

Heee! Great photos! I think the lack of CDs is because people buy online these days - it's the same in all the shops selling CDs over here.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 24th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)

Thanks! Glad they do the job!

Yes, I think you're right about the CDs. It's a shame though. Sometimes it's nice to browse.

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