Planned Schedule of Events: (all times local)
14:00 Jim leaves Toronto on AC 12, connects in Calgary
17:45 Jim arrives in Vancouver, met by Dave
21:00 Jim and Dave attend hockey game
14:50 Marian leaves Toronto on AC 127, connects in Edmonton
19:07 Marian arrives in Vancouver, met by Sara
Proceed to Dave's house to watch Jim and Dave on TV
Actual Schedule of Events:
13:25 Marian watches Jim board his flight then proceeds her own flight.
14:50 Marian's flight departs. Unknown to her, Jim's flight is still on the ground due to technical difficulties.
17:02 Marian arrives in Edmonton, Jim is still in Toronto.
18:47 Marian arrives in Vancouver. Jim has made it to Calgary and is waiting for a connecting flight. Dave has had the difficult task of finding someone else to go to the hockey game with him, which he accomplished.
21:32 Jim arrives in Vancouver. His luggage is still in Calgary.
Since Dave was going to meet Jim at the airport with a car, Jim checked both suitcases. Marian and Sara were taking the Skytrain in so Marian only had a carry-on. Originally the carry-on contained her parka (for Calgary) and some random items, but at the last minute she switched that for 2 complete changes of clothes. Against Marian's advice, Jim had packed the SLR camera in one of the suitcases. Luckily Marian had put the small camera in her purse.
So at least I have some pictures to show you!
Jim and I were both flying executive class (on points) so we got to wait in the Maple Leaf lounge. I didn't have the nerve to take a picture of the lounge itself (and risk looking like a nerd) but I did take a picture of the washroom, which Dave thinks is even nerdier. But look at the size of these doors! I guess I could say something like they have to be that high because most of the people in the Maple Leaf lounge have inflated heads, but I won't. ;-)
The lounge was cool but outside the gates was more fun. Olympics everywhere! I could see this as I was waiting to board the plane in Toronto.
This is a view of Georgetown, and you can actually see our house! You can click on the picture to zoom in.
Vancouver airport sure has changed since we lived here. It is a beautiful airport now. This totem pole was right in the middle.
And to get to the Skytrain you just have to go upstairs - kind of like all the airports in Europe. Now if only Pearson airport in Toronto could get linked to downtown!
We stayed up till Dave got back from the hockey game (around midnight here, 3 am at home) but even going to bed that late didn't help us sleep past 6:30 am. It was so worth it to get up that early though - look at the beautiful sunrise over False Creek. This is the view from the sidewalk in front of the complex Dave lives in.
Jim and I decided to walk to Granville Island to get some breakfast to bring back to Dave who is on Vancouver time and so wasn't up yet. It was an absolutely gorgeous walk with flowers blooming all along the way...
and kayakers out practicing.
Our first stop on Granville Island was La Baguette & L'Echalote.
Way back, many, many years ago when we were first married and living on Harwood Street, we would get up every Saturday morning and take the False Creek ferry across to Granville Island to have breakfast and pick up our fresh produce. One of our favourite things was a Pain au Chocolat. See them on the bottom right?
(When Dave saw this picture he commented, "Look how full the case is! When I get there usually there are only 1 or 2 left!)
This is the entrance to the market. Look at the flowers - outside! Last night as Sara and I made our way to Dave's I kept commenting on all the flowers outside the shops. Vancouver always has an early spring but this kind of weather in February is early even for them.
Inside the market we stopped at one of our favourite shops. It's been there since 1986 - Expo year. It is called the Stock Market and they have every type of soup stock you can imagine. I think it was Stephen's favourite too when he was out here last April.
We chatted with the man who runs the stand for a little bit. He was carting in some vegetables (presumably to make more stock) and he wanted to show us his idea for the Granville Island Olympic Games. Here he is practicing for the Cabbage Shot Put.
What a great way to start our day. Jim is happy - a latte, a baguette, some pastries and gorgeous sunshine!
Oh, and another reason to be happy - when we got back to Dave's our luggage had been delivered (camera and all!)