Vancouver is a special place for us. John spent a year there when he worked for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and I attended some of the events so it was fun for us to go back and visit the city together.
Olympic Village Square
Flock in flight
Sunset in Capitol Hill, Burnaby
[Updated January 2019]
San Francisco is known for its many tech companies, landmarks and its mix of the old and new. There is a lot to see, eat and do, but a lot can be done in less than a week!
I loved riding the San Francisco Cable Cars. Two of the lines, Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde, run north/south which is a fun way to see the city. I prefer the southbound route because it goes downhill, giving you a great view.
There are a few ways to get your ticket:
1. Cash: If you need to buy your ticket when you board, make sure to bring cash ($7 USD at the time of writing).
Tip: Make sure to get to the terminal stop early so you can choose your seat. You can sit outward-facing or stand. Don’t forget to hold on tight.
If you don’t have time to ride the cable car, you can still see them at their turnaround at the end of the line on turntables that are manually operated. The one at Powell St. and Market St. is a popular spot.
The Cable Car Museum is a small and free museum that explains the history and shows how the cable system works.
Kin Khao Thai Eatery
Kin Khao Thai Eatery
55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
San Francisco Bay Ferry
On a nice day, take the San Francisco Bay Ferry to Sausalito.
The Sutro Baths was a large saltwater swimming pool that was open to the public. Unfortunately, it burnt down in the 1960s but the ruins are still worth visiting. It was cloudy and gray when I went but the site looks very different when the sun is out.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Bridge
Portland is divided into 5 neighbourhoods or quadrants (yes, QUADrants), each with its own personality. The food scene is huge, especially the food carts and food parks all around the city. Getting around by car is convenient, but biking, transit or walking in the downtown core are other options as well. Whether you spend a weekend in Portland or explore the rest of the beautiful Oregon coast, there should be something for just about everyone.
What to eat
First stop: The famous Nong's Khao Man Gai
Hainanese chicken rice (really, any variation of this) is of my favourite dishes.
Breakfast at The Egg Carton
Grab a cup of Portland coffee from Stumptown Coffee
What to see
Whether you love flowers or not, the International Rose Test Garden is a garden with hundreds of types of roses. You can find a quiet spot to read or to enjoy the
Mount Tabor is a mountain and park within the city. It’s great for running, hiking, picnics or seeing the city from afar.
Lost Lake, Mount Hood National Forest at sunset