J'adore Vanouver! (a parenthetical recap) - une femme d'un certain âge

J’adore Vanouver! (a parenthetical recap)

One of the very best things about travelling these days is getting to meet mes amis from our blogging community. Materfamilias was one of the first people to read and comment here regularly, so it’s no surprise that when we finally met it felt like connecting with an old friend.

We walked and talked and shopped all afternoon. She made sure to take me to the Fluevog store where I succumbed to the boots I’d been ogling online for years, (but in black) and to the m0851 store where she’d purchased her knot bag (and I was sorely tempted, may yet succumb). She guided me on a walking tour through the West End area down to the seawall (we stopped for a sushi snack on the way). We talked about our histories (not surprisingly, lots of commonality), families and cultures, and of course clothes, bags, shoes, scarves and style. Meanwhile, I was kicking myself for having left my camera in the hotel room.

After a short break, our family met back up with Mater and Pater for a lovely, quiet dinner of burgers-and-beer (such a nice respite after cruise ship meal mania) where the picture above was snapped (The White Spot – one of the best burgers I’ve had anywhere!) and a nightcap in the piano lounge at the hotel. All in all a lovely day with a friend. I really appreciate her spending such a huge chunk of her weekend with me!

Even if Mater did not live here, I would still want to move to Vancouver. First of all, there are TREES, lots and lots of trees. (La Belette, you should really check out this town, think you’d love it!) It’s cosmopolitan, but with a funky, laid back vibe (like une femme). It’s a city with a very young demographic, which probably explains a lot. There’s art, culture, shopping, trees, parks, community gardens, shopping, lots of wonderful ethnic eateries, and did I mention shopping? I’m afraid the rest of my So Cal native family wouldn’t do well with the often cloudy weather here, but I’d be in heaven. I think future visits to this area are definitely in order.

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  1. June 28, 2009 / 3:42 pm

    It was such a fun day, wasn’t it! Both Pater and I enjoyed meeting you and your charming family, and I felt as if I got to spend the day with an old friend. And now we’re shoe twins as well! I’m glad you like Vancouver and hope you’ll be back for many more visits.

  2. June 28, 2009 / 4:55 pm

    Vancouver has long been on my list of places I must visit…if only I had the time. I could go for the whole cosmopolitian city with trees thing myself.

  3. June 28, 2009 / 5:56 pm

    what a lovely photo! You both look great. I’m glad you had a good time.

  4. June 28, 2009 / 6:54 pm

    Sounds like a great time!

  5. June 28, 2009 / 10:23 pm

    Oh it sounds like such a wonderful day! VAncouver has been on my list of places I’d like to go a long time; you make me want to go even more.

  6. June 28, 2009 / 10:59 pm

    I can tell you two had a wonderful time! And Vancouver is a treasure, the mountains and the ocean, a thrilling combination.

  7. metscan
    June 28, 2009 / 5:00 pm

    So glad you girls got to meet in person finally!

  8. indigo16
    June 28, 2009 / 6:01 pm

    It is indeed great to hook up with people you meet blogging. I am glad you had a lovely day.

  9. Sher
    June 28, 2009 / 8:56 pm

    You can tell by the picture what a great rapport you both have!

  10. Anonymous
    June 29, 2009 / 5:25 am

    I grew up in Vancouver and went to the White Spot drive-in almost every day after high school once we could all drive. I still think their hamburgers are the best. Vancouver is spectacular–water, mountains, blue sky, green everywhere. When I lived there in the late fifties and early sixties it was quite provincial. Now it is a very sophisticated city with great food and lots to do. A visit to Vancouver should be on everyone’s list. It is a particularly easy trip for those who live on the West Coast.

  11. Sheila
    June 29, 2009 / 8:52 am

    So pleased you enjoyed yourself so much. I love Vancouver too. My husband’s family emigrated from the UK to Canada when he was 10. He came back in his twenties but retains many friends there and we spend a few weeks in Vancouver every 3 or 4 years. It’s one of my favourite cities in the world. How was Alaska?

  12. June 29, 2009 / 9:33 am

    Sounds like you had lots of fun! AICI conference next year is Vancouver and I hope to be able to make it!

  13. maria
    June 29, 2009 / 7:31 am

    i have also had the opportunity to meet some of my fellow bloggers it is so much fun. j’adore la tecnologie!

  14. lagatta à montréal
    June 29, 2009 / 3:59 pm

    Yes, Vancouver is spectacular. Of course it has misty, rainy weather, it is a rain forest, after all. Is it possible to take a boat between Seattle and Vancouver?

    I’ve had similar experiences with boards I’m a regular on, meeting people and hitting it off as if I’d known them for years.

    Imogen, it would be a very different facet of the Pacific coast of North America from L.A.

  15. June 29, 2009 / 4:59 pm

    Imogen — how exciting if you’re able to make it to Vancouver!
    And anyone who wants more glimpses of our city, watch for coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

  16. Arabella
    June 29, 2009 / 2:46 pm

    Look at the two of you! Great, infectious smiles.

  17. June 30, 2009 / 5:19 pm

    Sounds like an amazing trip. I can’t wait to see your pics!

  18. Karen
    June 30, 2009 / 3:26 pm

    OOOOh this just warms my heart so much. I knew you too would be peas in a pod.

    Mater, up for a visit from me next May? The Association of Image Consultants International’s annual conference is in Vancouver!!!

    Blogger meets are the most wonderful thing, aren’t they?

  19. Katriona
    July 1, 2009 / 3:14 am

    So glad you enjoyed Vancouver!!!! I knew you would…come on back when you can!

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