10. CANADIAN HOLIDAY in May 2008 …. Granville Island in Vancouver … After our return to Vancouver: Post 10

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We had a wonderful time up in Alaska by cruising to Alaska for a week in our ship the  Veendam.   Now we came down the coast and back to our starting point in Vancouver. We had a day in Vancouver before we flew to Toronto then drove to Niagara Falls and the rest of our Canadian Holiday in May 2008.

We spent a day in Grandville Island  after catching a taxi  from our ship. Granville Island which is a Public Market.  As the  website  says:

Go on, you deserve a little temptation.

If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the Island’s crown. A fascinating assortment of colourful stalls, showcasing unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field. Try closing your eyes right now and imagine the rich aromas permeating from the lavish displays. Shimmering seafood, warm baked goods, plump fruit.

Okay, stop. That’s enough torture. Come and browse for yourself and see just why words don’t begin to describe it

We had a wonderful time at Grandville Island ….. it was a very cosmopolitan and full of life. There were beautifully arranged foods in fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly made products from the oven, wonderful   arrangements of flowers. There was a total air of curiosity ….. what is around the corner?

From this website: http://www.tourismvancouver.com/vancouver/neighbourhoods/granville-island/

Overview

In the early 1900s, Granville Island was home to factories, plants and sawmills. Things are a little different today—Granville Island is both a locals’ favorite and a huge draw for visitors. Technically a sandspit and not an island, the neighborhood sits just south of the downtown peninsula, right under the Granville Bridge. The Granville Island Public Market acts as a hub of activity, but it’s also one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theaters, artisan workshops and craft studios.

As you walk in you, you are greeted by a small fountain splashing water in a small pond.

It is not place of DOING but of BEING. You do not go there to buy some food as in a supermarket and then go to do something  else.  You do go there  to relax and unwind in the creative atmosphere. Wandering along and seeing the myriad stalls. You come upon some of these things:

  • fresh asparagus in big cream or green spears
  • fresh fruit like grapes carefully stacked vertically in little pyramids to 200 mm high in small 150 mm square containers
  • strawberries in little clear plastic bags ready for you to take away
  • mulberries in their own take away containers
  • fresh from the oven, exotic bread shapes with or without a covering of  large  exotic  seeds …. where do you start and stop?
  • a man busking with his guitar near an opened stall
  • smoked animal bones of lamb, pig and veal …… for soups ??
  • salmon on ice ready to eat
  • The myriads of people wandering among the many stalls …. These really create the atmosphere of curiosity

This intriguing atmosphere was counterbalanced by the location on the water of the bay. Some of these features are:

  • A nice sitting area to enjoy a coffee or tea  with others overlooking the water

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…. As you walk in you, you are greeted by a small fountain splashing water in a small  pond ….

…. fresh asparagus  in big  cream or green  spears  …..

….  fresh fruit like grapes carefully stacked vertically in little pyramids to 200 mm high in small 150 mm square containers

, strawberries in little clear  plastic bags ready for  you to take away , mulberries in their own  containers, many fruits you not have seen …..

…. Fresh from the oven, exotic bread shapes with or without  a covering  of  large  exotic  seeds …. where do you start and stop?

….. smoked animal  bones of lamb, pig  and veal …… for soups ?? …..

… A man busking with his guitar  near an opened stall …..

…. Salmon fish on ice …. ready to take home  ……

… Red Capsicums for the eating !!

….. The myriads of people wandering among the many stalls …… These  really create  the atmosphere of curiosity  …..

…  see the photos below  …

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The Outside Atmosphere ……

……  The pier where the ferry came in …..

…  Ken and Harriet near the ferry ….

….  Granville Bridge forms a framework around the people  on outside pier platform …

… A pier board walk …. walking to the Public Market ….

 

 

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Read the next Post: OUR CANADIAN HOLIDAY in May 2008 ….Toronto: Dinner With Yolanda: Post 11

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