Saturday, September 1, 2012
We decided it would be fun to be hometown tourists for the day. We parked in North Vancouver and took the seabus over to the city centre. We started our tour with a walk through the historic Gastown district and lazily looked around some of the unique and interesting shops we passed along the way. We made a point of stopping by Save on Meats, the meatshop featured in the reality TV series "Gastown Gamble". While there, we ran into Football Mike who was doing a fabulous job of keeping the sidewalk clean.
Following our visit to Save on Meats, it was time for afternoon tea and we stopped in at Apres Midi. The service was excellent and there is a great selection of loose leaf tea. The scones are freshed baked to order. Yummy! From here, we walked over to see the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch on display near Vancouver's new convention centre.
After reminiscing about the Vancouver games for a while, we took a walk along the Coal Harbour seawall to the entrance of Stanley Park and then turned back to end the day with gelato from Bella Gelateria, first place winner of the 2012 Florence Gelato Festival. The long line-up outside the store was a sure sign that we were in the right place and the gelato lived up to our high expectations. With our dessert craving satisfied, we headed back to North Vancouver on the seabus and agreed it was fun to be a tourist at home.