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Friday, December 8, 2017

TRANS-CANADA: Day 7--Vancouver, again

Okay, I'm still in Vancouver, for my train departs at 8:30 tonight.  So while this is still Day 4, I named it Day 7, for my next live posting will be on Tuesday, December 12, when I arrive in Toronto.

Still foggy.  How foggy?  Can't see the top of my hotel.  Here was my transport mode for the day, plus a bunch of re-photos fogged over, starting with Canada Place.  Certainly looks like a cruise ship

I show the Christmas Market again, for it is next to Canada Place, but, more so, the trolley driven sarcastically commented, here you have the pleasure of paying $10 just to go shopping.

Just above is a main road of the drug/homeless district.  Also known as Downtown Eastside, it is located close to Chinatown, and is slowly being converted to respectability.  Still a bit scary, but not as much as when I accidentally walked through this area a couple of decades ago.

Next, the trolley wandered through Stanley Park, named after Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley, British politician who became the Governor General of Canada in 1886.  Hockey's Stanley Cup is also named for him.

I stopped by the Aquarium, for at least it was warmer and you could see something:

There was a lot to see, for a lot of money ($39, but $30 for seniors):

A lot of jellyfish:

A few flying land animals:

The day before I took this Girl in a Wetsuit photo.  Today, you could at least see the sulfur piles in the background:

This is Vancouver's modern day version of Copenhagen's The Little Mermaid.  All in good fun, as prankers regularly swim to the rock and dress her in the attire of the season or day.

There were thousands of expensive Christmas trees growing all over Stanley Park, the kind you buy in Hawaii, the Douglas Fir:

Walking back to my hotel later in the day, I stopped by Tim Hortons, Canada's multinational fast food and largest quick service chain, with 4,613 restaurants in 9 countries.  Opened by hockey player Tim Horton in 1964, the franchise was purchased by Burger King in 2014.  Did you know that the majority owner of Burger King is from Brazil?  I had Caesar salad, chili, tomato soup, cheese fries, too much bread and leftover drinks from last night.

What is traditional Canadian cuisine?  It is a collage of dishes from the range of cultures.  Not a stew pot, but a smorgasbord.  Salmon is the sushi of choice.   Add some maple syrup, whale meat dipped in soy sauce of the indigenous people (referred to as First Nation), dried meat, bannock (a kind of flat bread), poutine (French fries with cheese curds topped with brown gravy), butter tarts and Kraft Macaroni Cheese...and you're getting close to Canadian food.  

The hard alcohol of choice is Canadian whisky.  Food trucks, serving distinctly international cuisine are doing well.  Lumberjack's or loggers breakfast is a huge dish of three+ eggs, ham, bacon, sausages, fried potatoes and several large pancakes.  

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