When I was about 3 or 4 my father's elder sister, who had settled in Vancouver, sent my sister and I a Native American doll each. I think my sister still has her doll too. When I heard that I was to attend the conference I knew that three dolls in particular had to accompany me on the journey to their homeland - my Canadian boy (who has always been nameless) and my Heather Maciak dolls Jenny and Lexie, as they were designed and assembled in Canada.
We arrived on a wet Saturday evening after a long flight from Heathrow. The following morning the rain had stopped and the clouds were lifting so a colleague and I decided to clear the cobwebs from the long flight and went for an exploratory walk along the downtown Vancouver waterfront and Stanley Park. My Canadian boy came with me in the camera bag.
|There was snow on Grouse mountain which overlooks Vancouver|
|Totem pole in Stanley park|
|My Canadian boy felt right at home with the Totem poles|
|The Totem poles are very colourful and beautifully carved|
|My Canadian boy stood on a rock near the Totem poles|
|At the Totem poles in Stanley park|
|Beautiful Beaver lake in the heart of Stanley park|
|Morning sun rising above Beaver Lake in Stanley park|
|We followed the path through the tall trees of Stanley park from Beaver lake to Ferguson point|
|At Ferguson point we found a map of the park which showed where we had walked|
|This was the view towards north Vancouver with Third beach on the right|
|Dolls in a Gastown shop window|
|A beautiful First Nation doll|
|Remains of an 800 year old giant redwood tree in Stanley park|
|The red trolley bus at the Granville Island stop|
|The entrance to Granville Island is under the road bridge to the city|
|this was the window display for a toy shop at Granville Island|
|Lexie and Jenny looked at Burrard Street bridge which they could see from the Market at Granville Island|
The rain made it difficult to take good photos from the trolley bus on the remainder of the tour. I was amazed that because I was on the second last trolley bus of the day the driver took us back to our hotels after he got to stop 33, amazing service which saved me a walk in the rain.
On Tuesday I worked all morning while the weather started to clear up. Jenny and Lexie wanted to see out of the window. The wind was still quite strong so the Canadian flag was flying proudly.
|Jenny and Lexie admire the Canadian flag flying by the hotel roof garden|
I posted a similar photo on the Jenny and Lexie Yahoo group that morning. Little did I realise what delightful train of events this would set off!
After I'd finished work, I ventured out for a late lunch and walk around the city. Jenny and Lexie insisted on coming too and because it wasn't raining anymore and the wind was dropping I took them with me. At the waterfront they were thrilled to see the seaplanes which fly to Vancouver Island and give people tours of the bay.
|Jenny and Lexie at the Vancouver waterfront admiring the seaplanes|
|There was some sunshine lighting up the north Vancouver shoreline beyond the seaplanes|
|Lexie and Jenny were fascinated by the seaplanes and wished they could see one fly|
|Jenny and Lexie at the Vancouver sea front|
|It was too windy for the seaplanes to fly so they were all moored in a row|
|Lexie and Jenny discovered the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympic cauldron|
|The Olympic cauldron is a bit like a campfire in shape|