Vancouver to Seoul; 'flowers of geography'...
...a couple more days and the Winter Olympics will be over...S. & I, although by no means 'sports fans,' do enjoy watching the winter games, and with NBC scheduling to air its events for maximum viewership,
we've been staying up late almost every night....So, sleep-deprivation is almost at an end...
Seeing all the shots of Vancouver--aerials, panoramas--has made us somewhat nostalgic for the Pacific NW...inevitable, I guess...So I was looking through some old photos...
Vancouver is one of the most perfectly-situated (and youngest--founded only the 1880's) cities in the world: water and snow-capped forested mountains surrounding a forest of glass towers--on a human scale, though, unlike Manhattan where the 'tyranny of the vertical' can be de-humanizing; it's enough to make even Seattle, one of the novelist Henry James' "flowers of geography" (see below), envious...
But going back through some of the photos, one that truly struck me was one of my first impressions from my first time there--a daytrip, right after I'd moved to Seattle in the fall of 1997:
...a bakery window display in Vancouver's Chinatown. 'Mom and kids?'
BBQ-buns that honestly show what's inside?
Truth in food-advertising:
only in a Chinatown, eh?
(This photo was publixhed in today's local paper, by the way!)
...from that same trip, a faint rainbow over the city,
looking north from Queen Elizabeth Park:
...and an 'official' aerial shot, from vancouver.ca:
(click on these for larger views)
...below, from thebeautifulbritishcolumbia.com