Thursday, December 6, 2007

Vancouver rocks.

We went into Vancouver today to do some Christmas shopping, and survived. First stop was Granville Island, where we went to buy chocolates at a store somewhere between the market and the brewery, which are my points of reference in that chaotic place. I walked out the wrong door of one building because I could see water and ducks outside, and stumbled upon The Crystal Ark, which is a funky little stand-alone building where you can buy amethyst bookends for hundreds of dollars, or small, inexpensive rocks for your nature-loving children. There is a small area in the back corner decorated to look like a cave that is inches deep in lapidary. Kids are allowed to romp around in it, and you can also buy it by the scoop. I could have spent a lot of time and a lot of money in that store, but it was not on our tightly-scripted itinerary, so I bought only a few stocking stuffers (better hammer in the stocking nails deep this year).

And then we went to the brewery, which also was not on the itinerary, but there it was.


Cicero Sings said...

Hmmm ... I left a comment but it must have disappeared into cyberspace. Amazing how that happens sometimes!

Anyway, I said: I do hope you took the BUS to Granville Island ... it is SO much easier on the nerves and you get the added amusement of people watching. So many interesting folk on the bus to study!!! The swaying and rocking of the bus is even rather comforting, especially after a hard day of shopping. We take the 99 B line once in a while ourselves as the stop is only about a block away ... though we prefer our local #10 ... perhaps a bit slower but not as crowded.

A Local Naturalist said...

We drove, unfortunately, because of time constraints. We intended to park somewhere in False Creek and walk down, but before we knew it we were under the bridge.

The other fun way to get there is in those little ferries that run from the West End.