The final August weekend: 2011 edition

Did you realize it’s the LAST weekend in August? How did that happen already???

This weekend was definitely one for the Vancouver memory books – another tourist/local necessary experience was had! After my normal Saturday morning workout (best time to fit it in and make sure I start my day off right!) Faith, Ambrose and I decided we’d go the brunch at the infamous Seasons in the Park and check out what all the locals are raving about.

As soon as we walked in we were in complete awe. Not just because of how beautiful the restaurant was, how comfortable and inviting the patio looked, how nice the staff were, or even how good the food was

But because of the VIEW!

The restaurant is located in Queen Elizabeth Park at the top of a small mountain. The location is a gem and the view is spectacular! I decided on smoked salmon eggs benny and changed my potatoes to salad (it was a good choice – the salad was SO fresh!).

We had a wonderful brunch and headed out to the look off to take in the view and see the spectacular gardens before leaving.

Gardens and a view!

Looking at the restaurant patio looking from the side:

Typical tourist shot!

The most fun part about the look off was the bronze statues who were like permanent tourists – with a photographer and all! Who ever designed the park was a genius! Faith the photographer wanted her picture taken by the photographer!

Ambrose tried to ruin the shot but got shoved out of the way!

After leaving the park Faith and I went to lay in the sun in English Bay and reveled at the sparkling ocean.

We decided to get all dressed up (for no reason other than to dress up – you have to do that sometimes!) and meet Faith’s friends for a drink at a cute place called Sandbar on Granville Island.

Then, before I knew it I was heading downtown to Yaletown to meet up with another friend and ended up meeting some pretty great people! I danced my feet off and had a spectacular time! Not bad for a zero-plan kind of evening.

This spontaneous weekend was amazing and was another justification for my love of Vancouver. I love feeling like this is my city  and now, six months after being here, the list of things we’ve experienced is larger than most people who’ve lived here their whole life.

I was walking to the bus stop after hot yoga one evening last week and it occurred to me that I fit in. I go to work, head to yoga after work and walk downtown with wet hair, no makeup and wait for the bus with no shame. No need to impress or feel out-of-place because I fit in, I’m just like every other Vancouverite.


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