|Yeah, that's what I felt like, "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"|
|A moving iron sculpture with balls rolling on ramps and chain "elevators" lifting the balls back up, located right next to the enormous cement factory. Even the massive cement trucks are decorated in colorful art on this Island.|
|Native artisans actually carve totem poles right on Granville Island -- they weren't working when we passed by but we got to peek a their workshop and see their creations up close.|
|After discussing the different images depicted on totem poles, Sara declared "dis one me!"|
|Pondering frozen treat options|
|Sara holding my hand|
|Our ride to the next destination|
|We didn't go in (it was under renovation plus we didn't want to be inside on such a pretty day) but Science World did look great -- maybe next time.|
We were all a little tired by this point but talking about a ride on the SkyTrain perked the kids right up.
|We started high above ground, zooming along with views of the city. The kids were fascinated when it went dark around us and our stop was underground|
A transportation theme had emerged. We drove the car up, rode the bus to Granville Island, hopped on a little boat to catch the SkyTrain then back to the hotel which is right next to the busy harbor with seaplanes, cruise ships, and all types of marine vessels coming and going.
The hotel's kid-friendly (only 3' 6" deep) pool was the perfect respite after our jet-setting day.
…and the pool was the perfect start the following day. After a little morning splashing we said goodbye to the Fairmont and were back in our car heading toward the awe-inspiring Stanley Park. Having misjudged the distance from the parking lot to the Fish House restaurant where we planned to have brunch, the kids were a bit tired but the benches along the way were a good spot to rest and the payoff was an incredible meal.
|William with his cornflake crusted, banana, nutella french toast topped with caramel, whipped cream, strawberry and mint. No, this boy is not interested in the kids menu, thank you|
|William was happy and the waiter was impressed|
A family could spend a full week in Stanley Park and still have fun things left to do. After some time at one of the many incredible playgrounds, we opted to hop on the Stanley Park Trolley to see as much of the park in our limited time frame.
|Waiting for the trolley... looking a tad bit tired|
While we would have loved to get out and enjoy the park more, the trolley turned out to be perfect for the kids' dwindling energy levels and it rounded out our "transportation theme" beautifully.
|The Stanley Park Trolley, complete with a clanging bell at every stop|
Rob loves giving gifts of experiences rather than things and I feel very lucky to have received such a well-planned gift. Thank you, Sweetie!