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Trip Report A great time in Vancouver

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My husband and I just returned from a four night trip to Vancouver and I have to say, it's a beautiful city. We stayed at the Hyatt on Burrard. The location was perfect - right next to the skytrain and the busses all stop right in front. It's about a five minute walk to the waterfront and a three minute walk to Robson, the Vancouver Art Museum and lots of restaurants. The hotel was OK - typical Hyatt but with an above average helpful staff. If you don't get your breakfast included in the room rate, there are plenty of restaurants nearby.

The weather was mostly sunny, with some rain (of course), but we were prepared. Public transportation is cheap, easy and the bus drivers are incredibly helpful.

We flew into Vancouver from Vancouver Island on a Harbor Air float plane - the most wonderful experience ever. Flying over the islands is an experience worth every penny.

Restaurants:
Cactus Cafe for lunch - on Burrard, across from the Hyatt. It's a very busy restaurant with great service, delicious food and well priced. We only had hamburgers (the Jack Daniels burgers are great) and salads, wine and beer and would return again.
Kirin Seafood for dinner - fantastic Chinese food. The Kung Pao Chicken, Scallops in Sechuan Sauce and Vegetable Buddah's Feast were excellent. I asked for a bit of spice to the Buddah's Feast but the other two dishes were very spicy - just the way I like it. There were mostly Asian people in the restaurant (that's usually a good sign) and the service was excellent. I'd return - absolutely.
Blue Water Cafe for dinner. Overpriced, over-hyped. The food is good but not better than most restaurants in this category. Portions are way too small. I won't return.
Villa de Lupo for dinner - on Hamilton. Fantastic ambience (converted old house), unbelievable service (probably the best I've ever had), delicious food (except that my pasta was a bit overdone) - I would return in a heartbeat.

We went to the Museum of Anthropology and if you're interested in history or Pacific Northwest Native cultures, this is the place to go. We went on the complimentary docent tour and found it more informative than most. It's a beautiful trip out there on the bus as well. The grounds are lovely - worth the trip.
The Vancouver Art Musuem is worth visiting. It's lovely.
We walked Gastown, Chinatown, Robson, the West End.
Visited Granville Island. The Public Market is interesting with lots of shops and food and an area for kids to play. However, the streets in South Granville look even more interesting. I wish we'd had more time to check that area out.

You can't beat the scenery, friendliness of everyone, great food and ease of exploring in Vancouver. I loved the city and can't wait to take that Canadian road trip I'm starting to dream about.

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