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Vancouver IV

February 25th, 2011 (08:35 am)

I decided to take things a bit easier yesterday, so I went to see The King's Speech, which is excellent, though parts of it did make me cringe. Before that, though, I went to Button Button!

Homer Street runs along the front of the Library, and (northwards) into Gastown, the oldest part of Vancouver:

The white spots on the pavement are salt! The entire city seems to have been salted, but here they treat the pavements rather than the roads, and they don't mix the salt with grit, so it looks quite pretty:

As I was passing, I popped inside the library to photograph the atrium, which I mentioned yesterday:

But someone had told them I was coming, so all the tables were empty ;-)

As you walk along Homer Street, the road curves down the hill to Burrard Inlet, which puts the snow-capped mountains at your eye level. On a day like yesterday, the sky above them is bright blue, and the air has a chilly freshness you just don't get in the UK:

There are several colleges in this area, including the Vancouver Film School, which explains this strange scene:

I was too English to get any closer, so it's difficult to see what's happening, but the people are students and they're filming a homeless person asleep in the alley. A moment later, the 'homeless person' threw off his sleeping bag and jumped up, trying to rub some life back into his arms, so I assume he was another student, acting the part.

A little further down the street is a wonderful shop called Button Button:

The woman who owns it is a button-o-holic, and stocks buttons from all over the world:

It's difficult to see how she can possibly make a living, but the shop's been featured in The New York Times, apparently, and there's always a steady flow of customers. My favourite bit is the 'button soup' -- an antique baby bath filled with random buttons. You can sit on the floor and spend hours, sorting, selecting, matching, and making up sets of buttons. I always end up with about a hundred (at 15 cents each), and the owner always gives me a discount because I've bought so many.

Finally, on my way to the cinema, I had a quick look in Dressew. It doesn't look much from the outside, but inside it's the size of a department store and sells nothing but sewing and knitting materials -- fabrics and trimmings, patterns, tools, and those more exotic things, like plastic breast plates and angel's wings:

Today, I'm planning to go back to Dressew, because they have a yarn sale :-)

And then I'm going to catch the bus (!) to West 4th Avenue and eat at the Naam, a vegetarian restaurant that serves genuine '60s food!


Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
ani coffee cup

I want to come!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 27th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)

We should hold the next writerconuk meeting here!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)

I hope you started off with an almost empty suitcase!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 27th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)

I went one better and brought an empty hold all to carry all my swag back in! I'll have to pay extra, but I've put the money aside :-)

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: February 25th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)

It looks like a very nice city.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: February 27th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)

It is. It reminds me of Manchester -- very cosmopolitan, with lots going on.

Posted by: dawnsdressdiary.wordpress.com (dawnsdressdiary.wordpress.com)
Posted at: June 6th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Favorite places

Button Button and Dressew are two of my must-visit places when I'm in Vancouver... with wandering up and down Gastown and getting to Granville Island coming a close second!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: June 6th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Favorite places

Aren't they wonderful? I'm already looking forward to my next visit, but that won't be until next year.

(Have you ever been to Gorilla Food, btw? It's all organic, vegan and raw -- amazing. It's in Richards Street.)

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