Chasing Cherry Blossoms: Vancouver

Am I more obsessed with autumn leaves or cherry blossoms? That is a tough call after visiting Vancouver. The blossoms illuminated the city, both day and night – adding beauty, charm, and romance. David loved the Vancouver so much, he said he would move there.
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Sakura Illumination
 The Vancouver Cherry Bloom Festival happens annually. Originally when we booked our trip, I didn’t even realize that Vancouver were known for cherry blossoms. Mid-march would be the best time to go. We went there on the weekend of April 1st – luckily, many blossoms were still in full bloom and Sakura Illumination rescheduled to the Friday we were there! Sections of trees in Stanley Park were lit up and strung with lanterns. Crowd level was high – we had to wait awhile for the bus because all of them were full.
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Granville Island
Granville Island seems farther than it sounds, when it only takes a short bus ride to get there. Granville is cutesy and great to hang out on a sunny day. There are artsy shops; marketplace for fresh fruit (mangosteens!), pastries, food, tea leaves; harbor views; beer. We enjoyed beer tasting at Granville Island Brewing.
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Queen Elizabeth Park
This place is made for sunsets. There was even a young gentlemen playing Korean Drama and Disney love songs on the piano keyboard, setting the mood as the city lights sparkle.
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Gastown
The iconic infamous steam-powered clock.
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Asian Foodie Central
Um, for being deprived of solid Asian food in Boise, we sure took full advantage in Vancouver. Everything was amazing! Here are just some of the deliciousness we devoured.

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Lobster sticky rice – Ho Yuen Kee

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Many unique flavors – La Casa Gelato

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Marutama Ramen

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Blueberry a la mode eggette – The Bubble Tea Shop

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Xiao long bao perfection – Long’s Noodle House

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Customized laksa noodles & apple milk tea – Deer Garden Signatures

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Custard, bibimbap style – Guu with Otokomae (Gastown)

Stanley Park
We rented bikes from Yes Cycle and cruised around Stanley Park. This is a must-do. Lovely way to enjoy the city!
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Sunset Beach
Until next time, Vancouver!
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