May 14, 2018

We celebrated our first Christmas in Canada at the beautiful ski resort of Silverstar which is located around 400 km east of Vancouver.  It really was a magical place to spend our first white Christmas away from home and while the temperatures were FREEZING (most days it was down to -25 while we were skiing) it was one of the best holidays we have had!  This also happened to be our first skiing holiday as we only took up skiing since moving to Canada so the experience was one to cherish!  If you are looking to travel to Canada to ski I would definitely recommend going to Silverstar where the crowds are much smaller than the more known resorts like Whistler and cost to ski is much less.  It really was ski up to most chair lifts and straight on and as you can see from the photos at the end of the post some of the runs at times I had all to myself!  We cant wait to go back again next winter break!  

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May 11, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely long weekend in Seattle with a few of our friends from Vancouver in November.  In true Seattle fashion the weather was a little rainy and cool but nothing that stopped us from getting out and enjoying this great city.  We visited Pike Place to see them throwing fish, wandered the markets, visited the gum wall, ferried out to Bainbridge Island for a lovely lunch, spied the space needle, drank coffee in the original Starbucks store and of course did some shopping!  Such a fun city to visit – no doubt we will be back during our time here in Vancouver as it is only a 2 hour drive!

 

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April 8, 2018

Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October and such a lovely tradition that we couldn’t wait to take part in.  It turns out that the Canadian tradition has different beginnings from the US version and it marks the beginning of the harvest season in this part of the world.  

We were lucky enough to spend our first thanksgiving in Whistler with 20 Australia friends who live in Vancouver.  We stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau where they go all out with pumpkin carving and a special dinner to celebrate the occasion.  It really was the perfect way to enjoy this celebration, give thanks and enjoy the beginning of the magical Fall season in Canada.

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April 6, 2018

With Mr A away back in Australia, the girls and I headed for a fun weekend away in LA during September.  We met up with some close friends from Australia who were holidaying and had simply the best 3 days of fun!  

We caught at crack of dawn flight out of Vancouver and with a 2 hour flight time to LA we had touched down and were out of the airport mid morning ready to have fun!  We Ubered our way from the airport to our hotel in Santa Monica were we decided to base ourselves for the weekend.

We stayed at the very stylish Viceroy Hotel on Ocean Ave.  The location was fabulous with wonderful Ocean views and just across the road and we were on the beach.  The rooms included 2 comfy queen sized beds and a nice sized bathroom so it was perfect for the 4 of us.  The pool area, lobby, bar and restaurant was also just lovely.  I booked everything via expedia which is where I book a lot of our trips these days.  The hotel also had bikes you could borrow but you do need to get hold of them early as they are very popular! 

Once our friends joined us at the hotel we decided to spend the day wandering and watching along the famous Santa Monica and Venice Beaches having lunch and enjoying the shops, street performers and all the magic the comes with this eclectic part of the world.

On Saturday we decided we wanted to do a hike to the Hollywood Sign so we caught the train to Hollywood and from there we order an Uber to take us to our hiking destination!  The plan was going great until both our Uber driver and our friends Uber driver got completely lost and we ended in one location and our friends in a completely different location!  Our first bad experience with an Uber driver as neither could speak English. So with the girls and I now at Griffith Observatory and our friends miles away and nowhere near the Hollywood sign we had an interesting morning trying to find each other!  Needless to say our hike to the sign didn’t eventual but a short hike in the hills around the observatory plus a walk around the observatory had to suffice!! 

On our way back to Santa Monica we took a detour to Melrose Ave as the girls we keen to find the “pink” wall and all other interesting walls along Melrose!  It was a fun afternoon of photo taking and people watching.  

On Sunday we stayed in Santa Monica and hired bikes to ride along the beach, enjoying the magical weather and the fabulous bike path that goes for ever.  More people watching, eating and enjoying being out discovering the fun of the Santa Monica area.

Here are my favourite photos from our weekend away!

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March 1, 2018

Our first summer in Vancouver – super long days and magical temperatures that make you smile.  Vancouver pretty much gets zero rain during summer which is such a contrast to the long rainy winter!  The sun comes up at 5am and goes to bed at 10pm giving us around 16 hours of sunlight a day!  No super crazy 40 degree days like we get in Australia but just lovely mid 20’s that make for the perfect summer!  Here are some fun photos of Sienna and her bestie taken on a lovely summers day in August!  Such fun! 

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