Sorry I haven't posted all week. I worked five days in a row, and the weather was so amazing, I was outside all my spare time.
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My last post about English Bay was only part of that days excursion. We also went to Granville Island that day. Located between the Burrard and Granville street Bridges. It is formerly an industrial area which has been converted into a trendy shopping and artsy area. There are still some industrial businesses still operating here. The Granville Island Cement Works, with its brightly coloured cement trucks, and a boat yard, bustling with sailboats in dry dock, getting their hulls sanded free of barnacles and acquiring fresh coats of paint.
Old warehouses have been transformed into a Public Market, A micro Brewery, Boat sales, and other really nice shops, featuring crafts, art supply, clothing, tourist souvenirs, garden gear, florists, etc. Also a wealth of small theaters and restaurants. There is ongoing free entertainment, featuring some very talented street performers who draw huge audiences with their antics. The Public Market is so bright and noisy. Filled with fresh produce, seafood and baking.
Some of the architectural details are obvious reminders of the islands industrial past. I wonder how many shoppers ever look up into the rafters to notice this huge hook and chain hanging above the fresh veggies! The corrugated steel siding on most of the buildings is another industrial feature. I love this bright red window frame.
There is an abundance of outdoor seating all about the island. With so many gorgeous views of the water and surrounding city and mountains, it is hard to pick just one spot to sit. We sat for a while over looking the Granville Street bridge. It was the sail past of the False Creek Yacht Club. A lot of fancy boats were being paraded out past the commandants ship for his perusal. Mid, a close up of him and his boarded guests showed more of an interest in the beverages and gossip than the passing fleet!
Ill post more photos from here later. There were so many interesting photo ops, I can't fit them all into one post!