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Wintry weekend in Vancouver, BC

During my last visit home in December, Geoff and I took a short trip within a trip to Vancouver, BC. It was gray when we left Seattle and unsurprisingly, it was similarly cloudy in Vancouver when we arrived. But as Pacific Northwest-weathered individuals, overcast skies did nothing to deter our weekend!

I open with a couple of photos of downtown Vancouver from Stanley Park. This little lagoon was so calm, Vancouver’s skyline — glassy skyscraper after glassy skyscraper — mirrored symmetrically off the water’s surface.

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A slight detour to the Vancouver Aquarium brought us to Prospect Park, on the northern tip of Stanley Park. Lions Gate Bridge to the east, West Vancouver (Geoff’s hometown!) to the west.

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We spent the weekend eating (highlights: Savary Island Pie Co., Banana Leaf and a fantastic sushi place in West Vancouver that would make any land-locked Midwesterner salivate), seeing Geoff’s friends and perusing cookbooks authored by our favorite Canadian chef (despite his American birth, he remains elusive in the United States!). Happy times!

However, our first destination upon arriving was the Vancouver Aquarium. By the looks of this blog, it would appear that I’ve become a burgeoning aquarium enthusiast!

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This little sea otter made for quite blurry series of portraits, but I was determined to capture this guy in a very Pokemon Snap! fashion.

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And of course, an obligatory visit to a Tim Hortons. Fittingly sweet for a sweet weekend.

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An afternoon in Baltimore, Md.

Baltimore harbor

Last weekend, I took a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit some friends. We ended up spending the Saturday in Baltimore, Md. at the National Aquarium, which is hands down the best aquarium I’ve ever visited. And it ended up being the case that this afternoon was the most documented portion of my trip (you present the girl some cute creatures and hasty attempts to snap some photos will obviously follow).

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Fish

Jelly fish

More jelly fish

We spent the morning at the National Aquarium and after a couple of hours of looking at fish, we were in the mood for seafood (a possibly unintentional assertion of the dominion of man). After some trekking around the harbor, we ended up at the Thames Street Oyster House in Fell’s Point where we split a platter of oysters on ice and I ate The Best Crab Cake. The previous holder of this title was a crab cake generously stuffed with bread crumbs and questionable quantities of true crab. But this was all crab. Amazing.

Crab cake

It came neatly in this little bun, but soon fell apart in a delicious mess when I picked it up. That toothpick there is no fashion statement. There was some pureed squash and coleslaw on the side too.

And then there was more walking around Fell’s Point, more harbor and a bit more National Aquarium. Baltimore is a quirky, fun place.

Fell's Point

Boat in harbor

All with wonderful company.

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