Archive for July, 2007

2007 07 29– Big Trip – Day 90 – Victoria

Monday, July 30th, 2007

KOA Victoria West, Malahat, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 8195

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Parliament Building, Victoria, BC

We spent the day in Victoria after waking up really late this morning. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and at the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island. Named after the longest reigning monarch in the UK (63 years till 1901), this is a lovely town.

By the time we drove into town and parked it was almost noon. There was an antique car show in downtown and half the tourist streets were closed to traffic. (more…)

2007 07 28– Big Trip – Day 89 – Buchart Gardens

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

KOA Victoria West, Malahat, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 8148

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Buchart Gardens, Victoria, BC

We woke up to a drizzly misty morning in Tofino and were glad to get out of there as soon as we could. We drove over 300km to get to Victoria where we will spend our last few days in Canada.

On the way we made just one stop, at Cathedral Grove, which has 800 year old Douglas Firs, Cedars, and Hemlock trees. We stretched our legs on a 10 minute walk and got back to driving. The kids behaved impeccably. (more…)

2007 07 27 – Big Trip – Day 88 – Playground

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Crystal Cove Oceanside Campground, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 7929.2

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Shabbat Shalom.

Today was a cloudy slightly chilly day. We spent it in entirety at the campground playground. To be more exact, the children played while either Paola or I were on watch. It was great to see them enjoy, and the weather didn’t really pick up with the day, so we ditched plans to go to the beach again. Ron found some friends to play with, and we always support that, because usually it takes him a while to warm up to other kids his age and older. (more…)

2007 07 26– Big Trip – Day 87 – Driving in Vancouver Island

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Crystal Cove Oceanside Campground, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 7929

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Shir enjoying the beach at Pacific Rim National Park

Today Orr and Shir are 23 months old. It’s hard to believe that next month they will celebrate 2 years! When we got up this morning, it was cold and cloudy. It looked like it would rain any minute. We left Ucluelet and drove to the Pacific Rim Park.

It was still cloudy and chilly when we started a 1km Bog Trail. (more…)

2007 07 25– Big Trip – Day 86 – Driving in Vancouver Island

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Ucluelet Campground, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 7902

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Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

We had a long drive this morning so we left the campground in Nanaimo as soon as we could. The drive starts along the eastern shore of the island and then cuts through the middle through forests, lakes, and mountains until reaching the west coast. It was very scenic. We were surprised to see snow capped mountains on the island.

About halfway through, the road became narrow and very winding, so we had to drive very slowly. (more…)

2007 07 24– Big Trip – Day 85 – Getting to Vancouver Island

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Living Forest Oceanside Campground, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 7728

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BC Ferry going to Vancouver Island

We bid Vancouver farewell this morning and headed westward to Vancouver Island. It’s a huge island, about the size of Israel and can be accessed by Ferry.

We took a cab from the hotel in downtown to the campground where we parked the RV. I breathed a sigh of relief when we got there and everything was OK. While Paola unpacked, I played with the kids in the campground playground. We then drove a few miles west to Horseshoe Bay, not before fueling up the car and our fridge. (more…)

2007 07 23– Big Trip – Day 84 – Local in Vancouver

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Hampton Inn, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 7721

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Finally the rain stopped. As we have covered all the tourist attractions we have planned, today was set for doing locals’ attractions. We took a bus to the hip Kitsilano neighborhood on west 4th street and spent the morning walking around the many specialty shops. Paola found a good pair of hiking shoes. Ron got a kaleidoscope. Orr and Shir got some tiny winding toys that worked well for 5 minutes. I got a sushi lunch that was very tasty. Ron had some of the raw fish too, and he liked it. (more…)

2007 07 22– Big Trip – Day 83 – Yet Another Rainy Day in Vancouver

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Hampton Inn, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 7721

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Shir at Science World, Vancouver

We had a lucky break this morning and it didn’t rain. We walked over to Chinatown to visit Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens. The doctor was the first leader of modern China. The Garden is the first of its kind outside of China and was constructed in 1986. It is a scholarly garden reminiscent of the Ming dynasty era, which means although it does not look too impressive, there are many delicate balances of materials, colors, plants and whatnot. We came just in time for an instructed walk, which Paola enjoyed as I overlooked the children. (more…)

2007 07 21– Big Trip – Day 82 – Another Rainy Day in Vancouver

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Hampton Inn, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 7721

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Aqua Bus, Vancouver

A cloudy drizzly morning did not stop us from touring the city. We walked a few blocks down Beatty Street to the marina where we caught an aqua-bus to Granville Island. The aqua bus is a small roofed boat with capacity for 15 people that takes you to various points along the water. Ron Shir and Orr were thrilled to be on a new type of vehicle.

Granville Island, not really and island, used to be a run down industrial area, but good planning turned it into a hip urban market, especially on the weekends. (more…)

2007 07 20– Big Trip – Day 81 – A Rainy Day in Vancouver

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Hampton Inn, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Odometer – 7721

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Coconut milk, Chinatown, Vancouver

Shabbat Shalom.

Today it rained most of the time. We therefore planned indoor activities and went out whenever the sky let up for a bit. At the hotel we got up around 9:30am, and barely made it to the nice breakfast served till 10am.

When we got out of the hotel there was no rain, so we started walking up Robson street, THE street of downtown. After 4 blocks it started to rain. Luckily we were right in front of the Vancouver Art Museum, so we stepped in.

We spent 3 hours at the museum, covering all the galleries. The first and most impressive was an exhibit of Impressionist art dubbed “From Monet to Dali” on loan from the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was a good collection and by the end of the exhibit Ron already knew about Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso’s Blue Period and Rodin’s Thinker.

The rest of the exhibits were of modern art and modern Canadian art. Thankfully Shir and Orr fell asleep in the stroller and Ron was a good sport. (more…)