Happy Birthday was sung a few times yesterday. I celebrated a birthday on Monday and though I don't generally go for big parties I do enjoy more intimate gatherings with family and friends.
A friend made a scrumptious and diverse dinner. There were 3 kinds of rice (plain white, brown and chicken pilau), millet ugali, chicken stew, sauteed kale/onions, roasted plantain, roasted chicken legs with a lemon sauce and chapati. Not to be outdone her son made 2 flavours of muffins in two different sizes. We had a feast and I was stuffed.
I thought it was rather creative how this young boy made cupcakes and bought candles to spell out Happy Birthday.
It was very sweet.
|Here is the young chef lighting up the cupcakes before they sang and I blew out candles.|
I haven't had time to post a lot of photos of my various outing over the past few weeks so I'm sharing a few from a few weeks ago when a friend invited me on a harbour cruise.
I have a lot of photos to share. This post will only cover the walk along the northern sea wall toward the departure point for the cruise.
I alighted near the sea wall close to the entrance of the Westin Bayshore Hotel. This hotel is popular with tourists and is located almost at the entrance to Vancouver's Crown Jewel, Stanley Park. Stanley Park is a 405-hectare public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. Read more about this beautiful park at this link.
|I'm headed north west of the hotel so I need to go around it. I found the hotel rather large and spread out. It is also undergoing some redevelopment though it is still open for business.|
|A view west towards downtown Vancouver.|
|A small marshy pond located adjacent to the hotel. Too bad there were no birds splashing about|
|I love the riotous colour in all the blossoms.|
Just as I am about to head due west, I look to the east and snap a few photos.
The white building with the 'sails' in the background right is the east wing of the Vancouver Convention Center and where I was last week for Flyover Canada. I just learned that it is still part of the Convention Center. I thought it had been replaced altogether by the new one (see photo below) but now I understand there is a west wing and an east wing which are actually two separate buildings.
|See the paddle boat with tourist on the top deck.|
You can see the port of Vancouver with the multi-coloured shipping containers in the background. The float plane on the far right is part of the fleet for Harbour Air which flies to our provincial capital, Victoria and to many other points on Vancouver Island. In late April the airline added flights to Seattle, Washington.
In the photo above you can see the structure in the middle with a green roof. That is the new 'west wing" of Vancouver Convention Centre. It is built on stilts over the water.
The living roof, seawater heating and cooling, on-site water treatment and fish habitat built into the foundation of the West Building make it one of the greenest convention centres in the world. The Centre recycles an average of 180,000 kilograms of materials annually, nearly half of the total volume of waste generated. It avoids canned goods, disposable utensils and dishes, and donates leftover food to local charities (source: Wikipedia)
The grey, concrete building peeking out just to the right of the lamppost in the foreground is the Vancouver Lookout Tower. At the top there is an observation deck and the only remaining revolving restaurant in the city.
I enjoyed my walk along the waterfront looking at all the activity on the water and the various boats and ships which were docked. Though the weather was overcast it was perfect for a day out. Signage was present here and there announcing various tours and yacht rentals.
|A float plane comes in for landing.|
|Signage announcing some water adventure tours.|
I've now arrived at the departure point for the Harbour Cruise. Here I sit and wait on a bench for my friend to arrive.
It isn't too long before I heard my name.
My former boss was out for a luncheon walk and recognized me in profile as I gazed out over the boats and yacts.
What a small world we live in.
In a short while afterward my friend arrives and we set off for our adventure.
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