Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A-MAZE-ING LAUGHTER. Strolling through Vancouver B.C. Granville Island to Laughing Statues/Sunset Beach

  The rain started coming down when I was checking out the hammocks on Granville Island,  after nearly falling asleep I got my raincoat on, took out my umbrella, hopped on the Aquabus and headed towards Sunset Beach across False Creek to find the Laughing staues that I saw in a magazine a few months back. The rain continued to pick up but I was one of the few out on the bike trail and beach. So very nice and peaceful that way. The rain parted and left me watching a couple of Harbor Seals and a Grey Heron feeding at the edge of creek. Luckily, I snapped a few picks of the heron in action and a few hard to catch seals looking my way. Along the way I found a few more pics that looked interesting as well. I end this blog with the A-Maze-Ing Laughter Statues. This is a small portion of a city-wide celebration for the Vancouver Biennale. This is just one of the many things that make Vancouver such a great city!
 "Pursuing the theme “in-TRANSIT-ion”, the 2009-2011 exhibition will expand and situate art along bike routes, at the Vancouver International Airport, at new Canada Line stations and wrapped on buses and rapid transit trains. In doing so, the exhibition will emphasise the physical movement of people in our mobile society, as well as our changing attitudes and sensibilities towards public art." 

Close to the Aquabus landing.

Lifeguards were out today along with a small portion of Vancouver Island in the distance.

Got to love palm trees in the Pacific NW!

"Venet illustrates the beauty, balance and plasticity of raw steel in his artistically mathematical manipulations of this industrial material. Nature, the universe, and life are all interconnected and explainable mathematically according to Venet . "217.5 X 13" was acquired by the Vancouver Biennale as a Legacy work at the conclusion of the 2005-2007 Biennale."

Inukshuk and the Burrand Bridge

Sunset Beach

It would be nice to have a tree up there.


I really thought I was up here in September. May 27? Is that right?

"Yue Minjun uses his own iconic face in a state of hysterical laughter as a signature trademark. Recognized universally as a sign of happiness, the smile raises questions of intent and interpretation. One of the most influential contemporary artists in China, Yue Minjun represents the new wave of Chinese artistic freedom. A-maze-ing Laughter marks Yue Minjun's Canadian debut."

I'm feeling good in the sun and a smile on my face!

I love the little girl checking out the smiles!

Hope you enjoyed.
Until next time my friends...
Adventure On!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Weekend in Vancouver B.C...1st stop AquaBus to Granville Island

  My trip to Vancouver B.C. from Seattle (actually Edmonds, WA) started with a short and easy 3.5 hr Amtrak ride straight north. So easy and inexpensive to travel north of the border. Spending 3 days in Vancouver is a small vacation where a lifetime of activites exist here, I possibly may move here for a year or two in a couple of years. This is my kind of town! Instead of trying to providing a lump sum of photos and info on the weekend, I will break it down a bit from locations and the way I wandered around the area. So lets get started!
                                                           Amtrak to Granville Island...
A little artwork at Creekside Park before jumping on the Aquabus.

Vancouver Science World.

From False Creek, Downtown Vancouver and the soon to be completed B.C. Place Stadium

I wouldn't mind cruising the Aquabus more often!

Cruising False Creek and enjoying the views.

Docking at Stamps Landing.

Stamps Landing with B.C. Place Stadium in the background.

Davie St. stop.

Burrand Bridge with a framed view of Vancouver Island.

A cute couple with a nice view!

Great day for a walk on Granville Island with Granville Bridge above. 

Granville Island Ferry Dock, Burrand Bridge and downtown Vancouver!

Looking to my next destination, Sunset Beach.

Beautiful flowers at the Granville Island Market.

Inside the Granville Island Market...Nothing like a litte Blood and Tongue Sausage!

Underneath the Granville Bridge

Always cool watching how the glass process works. Small glass studio along Granville St.

So much great food here.

This was great to watch while eating! His Mom went and got a few more bags of food.

Hoping for a meal from me.

Good-bye Aquabus! Thanks for the ride.