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Vancouver III

February 24th, 2011 (08:00 am)

Vancouver Public Library looks like a modern Coliseum, though the architects, apparently, say that wasn't their inspiration:

Between the outer and inner rings there's an atrium, lined with little shops that sell coffee and cakes, and pizza, and it's a lovely place to have lunch, but yesterday I had other plans:

After hearing an interesting talk on philosophy -- What if someone asks how you know you're sitting in a room at the Library? -- I set off down Hornby Street, to take the Aquabus ferry to Granville Island. Most of Hornby Street's residential, but there are a few interesting shops, like this one, which sells exotic plants and knick-knacks:

When junctions don't have lights, they look like this:

The sign reads 'BEGIN ONE WAY', and I have no idea what that means. It makes it very hard to cross the road, but most drivers stop dead when they see a pedestrian, so I just wave thank you, and limp across.

This is the Aquabus stop:

and this is the little Aquabus:

and this is the view part-way across False Creek:

Once on Granville Island (which isn't really an island), my first stop was The Net Loft:

You can't really tell from the photograph, but it's a low, square building (which used to be used for making and repairing nets), and it's been converted into lots of little gift shops. There's a cafe in the middle, and that's where I had lunch -- scrambled eggs with hash browns and toast:

Then I went exploring.

The metalwork overhead is Granville Bridge, a dual carriageway, and it makes Granville Island feel like a separate little world, somewhere you can enter only if you already know the way in:

There are gift shops:

and artists' studios:

and more gift shops:

and a Kid's Market, where all the shops sell toys (and, if you look closely, you can see a kids' entrance to the right of the doors):

Granville Island is home to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, which offers courses on Aboriginal Art. This seems to be some of the course work:

And, finally, Granville Island is also famous for its Public Market, where you can buy foods from all over the world -- too many breads, cheeses, olives, fresh pasta, and organic vegetables to choose from:

Yesterday, I really overdid the walking :-(

Today, I'm going to take it a bit easier and maybe hobble off to the cinema, but I'll try to take a few pictures on the way.


Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: February 24th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)

OOooo - I love these 'tours'. You sound like you've been there a LOT? Have you lived there?

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)

No, sadly, I haven't lived here. But I've visited about eight times, and got to know some parts fairly well.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: February 24th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)

What brilliant pictures - I love the one taken from the Aquabus. The whole place looks really interesting, and as Karen says you obviously know it really well - it's as good as having a 'native guide'.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-)

It's sort of Manchester-Cambridge with mountains and forests and Canadian accents.

Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)

Wonderful pictures!
What an amazing building the library is.
sparrow2000 has told me about Granville Island, but your pictures bring it to life.

Edited because I can't spell my friend's name, with apologies for the spam to your inbox.

Edited at 2011-02-25 03:14 pm (UTC)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)


I'm glad the pictures work :-)

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