May 8, 2013

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Have you ever visited a new city, in a new country, and instantly thought “I could live here”?  That’s exactly how I felt last week when I visited Vancouver for the first time.  My husband had business there so Rubes and I tagged along for the adventure.  It was truly one of the most enchanting places– the perfect combination of mountains and water and crisp ocean breezes and gorgeous sunshine.

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Most of the trip, we girls cruised around the city on our own, and occasionally met up with a few of the other wives for high tea at our hotel, the Fairmont (it was super fancy and further confirmed my adoration for macaroons, clotted cream, and lemon tea), a walk along the sea wall, sampling the amazing Asian cuisine abundant in the city, and of course, we stopped by Lululemon.  Did you know it started there?

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But, daddy did get a few breaks, which we took full advantage of.  We went on a walking tour, ate our weight in crepes, and hopped on a lunch harbor tour.

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There was so much we didn’t get a chance to do– I’m already plotting another trip back.  Oh Canada, it was love at first sight!

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Ruby was a gem on the flights.  The only thing I regret is not taking our nice stroller.  We didn’t want it to get damaged, so we bought a cheap umbrella stroller and boy, was it a pain.  Ruby hated it, so she just wanted us to hold her the whole time (I didn’t blame her), and with no storage, I ended up carrying that big diaper bag all over on my back, with Rubes rocking the baby carrier in the front.  How do you travel with babes?  Do you check the stroller?  Just do the carrier?  With more travel on the horizon, I’m weighing options…

Now, it’s back to reality big time.  After two trips in two weeks, I am behind on emails, laundry, work, housework, yard work, and so many other things my head is spinning just thinking about it.

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But, it was so worth it.  I just love these two.  I mean, come on.  Them together?  I die.

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  1. She is such a cutie. Glad you enjoyed Canada! 🙂


  2. Esther Thompson-Long says:

    I am from Louisville, Ky and I just love your blog. You have such a great variety of topics and the heart-warming stores bring tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing your world. Esther

  3. I’ve visited Vancouver and yes, I agree it’s one of the most beautiful cities, I live in Montreal also a beautiful city but Vancouver is warmer and beautiful! glad you had a great time! 🙂 Ingrid

  4. Lo says:

    I love Vancouver as well! Did you get over the bridge to the North Shore at all? Its so enchanting! My hubs and I take a road trip to Whistler every year, and we just love all of BC that we have visited. So glad you enjoyed it!!

  5. Angie says:

    So glad you had a great visit! I live in Vancouver and can’t imagine living anywhere else 🙂 We are going to Toronto in a month so I’m curious about what others say about bringing their stroller or not. We were thinking of just buying a cheap umbrella stroller there but after reading what you said, I’m thinking we should maybe bring our Bugaboo!

    • I live in Toronto and have little ones. I think you should bring your Bugaboo with you – more sturdy for long walks and moving about in the city. The only challenge you will find with it is getting onto streetcars because of the narrow entrance and exits. However, two people can manouver it to get it on board. Otherwise everywhere else, subway, etc., you should not have a problem. 🙂

  6. So glad to hear when someone enjoys visiting my country. Happy to hear you and your family loved your stay and would like to visit again. Canada is so diverse and beautiful, and it is worth seeing other parts, as well. 🙂

  7. lauren says:

    now I’m dying to go!
    how fun to have weekends away.

  8. Sarah says:

    This post made my day!!! I have a trip planned to Van City this summer and cannot wait! Yay Canada!!! Next time you have to go to Banff- it is he most beautiful place I have ever seen- made me a very proud Canadian!!

  9. kirsten says:

    So glad you loved our amazing city! I love hearing how much others like it because it makes me feel better about loving it so exclusively and bragging about it non stop! Let me know if you go back and need recommendations! Xo

  10. Chelsea says:

    Beautiful photos – glad you loved Vancouver! I’m so lucky to call it home. Post for recommendations of things to see and do if you do come back. We Vancouverites have lots of them!

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