I have loved this whole trip so much – each day we have done one of my favorite things (or perhaps a new favorite thing) but I’d have to say that today was spent in my happy place. If I could plan the ideal day, it would probably look something like today did.
We started out with a leisurely (free) delicious breakfast, then headed off to take our picture with the love statue. Once we realized they had one here, just like we stumbled upon one in Tokyo, we knew we had to get our picture with it. It was considerably smaller than Japan’s – no sitting in letters this time! But totally worth stopping by.
Then we hit up two gardens. The first was the Queen Elizabeth Park, and the second was a botanical garden nearby. We meandered through winding paths, soaking in the sun, enjoying the cool breeze that carried floral scents, and looking off to see the mountains in the distance.
Rachel stopped on a park bench at the first destination so that I could take my time photographing the flowers. Taking pictures of flowers is one of my favorite things to do – and she kindly came prepared =)
At the second park we bought lunch at the garden cafe. We sat in cute little wrought iron chairs and ate… hot dogs??
The botanical garden was simply gorgeous. It was HUGE! and beautifully landscaped. We even got to go through a hedge maze (lifelong dream – checked off the list!)
There was a little waterfall, a rose garden, and really cool trees, like the monkey puzzle tree, and the snake branch spruce, and the corkscrew hazel tree.
It was delightful to stop at a bench set next to a beautiful little scene from a fairytale, complete with irises on the banks of a pond that has both water lilies and ducks. A gazebo overlooking the pond framed the right side of the water, and pine trees and mountains filled in the rest of the backdrop. We sat here in the sun for quite a while, reading our books and enjoying life. It was lovely!
We LOVED the rose garden, and I even ignored the buzzing I could hear around me (which I was rather proud of) until I saw a HUGE swarm of bees nearing in on Rachel’s head. I do NOT like bees. At this point we made a quick getaway.
Tonight we are off to the historic district of Vancouver to take in the cute little cobblestone streets, brownstones, and fun shops and restaurants.
Yes, flowers+strolls+reading+sun+photography+historicalness= the perfect end to our Spinster Sister Vacation. SUCCESS!