August 4th, 2005


Granville Island - Vancouver, BC

At the soc.motss con that took place in Vancouver on July 21- 25, one of the main activities was having fabulous meals. This was the 18th such con and was lots of fun; we've been to the last 15!. By my count, there were 30 1/3 people who attended various events (never all at one event) plus an uncounted number of some of Stephanie's local friends who came to the BBQ at her place.

Between meals we hung around at the hotel or went to nice places. Vancouver is a very nice city to visit. Granville Island was the Saturday morning selection. From the downtown section where we were staying it was a short walk to the tiny boats which ferry you to the island which is connected to the rest of Vancouver and isn't really an island. rsc has the book, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, and Granville Island is one of the two places selected for Vancouver, so I was happy that this was one of the places chosen by our host.

Granville Island has some nice restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, a really nice market, lots of people visiting, and a Cement Factory! Corry took us to a Gallery that she has been involved with, we stopped in a place with really nice blown glass, ogled lots of food in the market (see below), and ate lunch (did I say we did lots of eating?). Several of us had Poor Boy fried oyster sandwiches for lunch to keep up with the pacific oyster theme.

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A visit to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden, Vancouver

The other of The 1000 Places to see Before You Die in Vancouver
is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden, Vancouver.

Classical GardenA public park and private garden was built in Chinatown to honor Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. The description said it was the first such Classical Garden built outside China. It was very nicely designed and quite beautiful. They must have had an extensive fund raising project because there were many plaques to show who the donor of some particular part was. rsc, Cobra Woman, and the Mongoose visited this after the Dim Sum at Floata that many of us soc.motss con goers attended. The private garden had an admission fee and there was a guided tour that we could have joined but we decided to not do so.

Click here for some pictures of the garden.