Sunday, May 20, 2007

Granville Island

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!

19 comments:

Nicole said...

I loved the pictures. I felt as if I was there - they are so clear and crisp. I love having my camera with me too. I'm an addict, when it comes to that.
Anyway, I really enjoyed your blog.

Karen said...

Gorgeous bridge and photos; it looks like you had a great time.

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Herman Verbrugge said...
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Herman Verbrugge said...

Me too.... I had no inspiration nor time to post one single character on my blog. My brain is on hold this week.:-)
I have plans to make another series of photos, but it has to wait till Wednesday. You have made interesting photos of the Granville Bridges. This type of bridge make me think of the HefBrug (Lift Bridge)in Rotterdam.

That bridge has been replaced by a modern bridge the "Erasmusbrug", nickname "The Swan".

Google:
"Rotterdam hef sept 2003.jpg" and
"Erasmusbrug" or go to
http://raym.deds.nl/erasmus.html

Vickie said...

As always I love the pictures you share with us. I enjoy being able to travel and see the world through your eyes. Thank you for sharing your world with me.

Michael Manning said...

What I love about these photos is that they are about transformation and new life!!

leslie said...

That's going to be my next foray into the city. Haven't been down there for ages, but would love to walk along the seawall there and watch the boats. Bridges is a great place for lunch, too.

Josie said...

I love Granville Island. I can actually walk there from here (on a nice day, which we aren't having today...). I love all the wonderful craft stalls, and I always end up buying a scarf or a pair of earrings, hand-crafted by a local artisan.

What a great post and fabulous photos.

Cheers,
Josie

Bobbie - said...

Great photos Susan. Granville Island is such an interesting place to visit.

Hope you're enjoying your days off.

Dick said...

Good photos. I have got to get my house project finished so I can go out an a walk-about and just take photos! It really is getting closer. I think.

Walker said...

Its great how they recycle whole areas and make them work with whats trendy now.
Old and new working togethr
Have a nice day

ellen said...

Granville Island is the one place Curtis and I didn't make during our whirlwind week in BC. Nice to see the photos.

Dina said...

I visited granville island in 2002 and loved it. We crossed on a small boat.

Sienna said...

Susan I cannot believe the height clearance on that bridge, just wow!

Vancouver has everything, the more I see, the more I love it...plain and simple...top pics, top tour, thanks so much..

Pam

Joe said...

Hi ya'll.... Great pics as always Susan.

By the way, we have been down to the Ranch every Wednesday for the last two months until at least 10 p.m. But I know you two are so busy lately. However, we are going down this Friday for a late dinner and then waiting for Phil to show up for singing. I keep telling Shannon about you guys and we keep hoping you'll show up someday soon.

Big hugs.

Penny Halston said...

You are a wonderful photographer. I just visited your other site, also. Your pictures are beautiful. I must stop procrastinating and add you to my blogroll, so I remember to drop by on a regular basis.

canuckabilly said...

What an interesting place and the photos as everyone else has said are wonderful.

sharon said...

I love going to Granville island on a nice day. Alicia and I can hang out all day enjoying musicians entertaining outside the market over a frappuccino (sp?) and a snack, shopping, and browsing. It's great if you want fresh fish for dinner or just bags of fresh produce. We do live in a beautiful place, don't we.

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