Friday, September 12, 2014


 Ready for the last last leg of the honeymoon recap? I promise this is it!

We left Whistler in the morning and headed back to Vancouver.  Of course though, I had to stroll around the village one more time and pick up a few souvenirs. 
Our little rental car. I never got used to kilometers!
 Here is the Lions Gate Bridge. The architect of this bridge also designed the Golden Gate bridge. Jeff just loved it.
We arrived in Vancouver before our room was ready, so I gave in and we ate at Chipotle for lunch since it was only a few blocks from our hotel.
Let me tell you, Canada Chipotle is a little different than good ol' Chipotle in the USA. The salsa was different which changes everything.

Let's talk a little about our hotel. Hotel Blu is brand new and opened in June. We were taking a little risk because there weren't any reviews yet online about the hotel, but our chances paid off. It was such a nice hotel! Free ipad in every room and free bike rentals. We also enjoyed the indoor pool/sauna both days. 
Yes there is a window between the bathroom & bedroom.  
 After we got settled in our room, we walked around a little bit and stumbled to Yaletown. It is a neat little area.
We had a fantastic dinner at Earl's Restaurant.  I loved sitting on the patio! 
 The next morning we had doughnuts from Tim Hortons. It is all over Canada. I would describe it as a Canadian version of Dunkin Donuts. 
All honeymoon long I wore my Kate Spade Mrs. earrings and wedding necklace.
The next morning we went on a walking tour & explored the city. It was neat to go into some of the buildings and get tidbits of the city. Art is big part of Vancouver and it was cool to see art all over the downtown.
Above is a pic of our tour guy talking about Vancouver! This is the hotel that Cory Monteith died the tour guy pointed out.
Our tour ended by the Olympic torches. We had lunch at Cactus Club Cafe. Best chicken fingers EVER!
Since June, Jeff & I have been waking/running up our big hill by our apartment to get ready for the Grouse Grind every night after work. This was on Jeff's must-do list for our trip, and it was great for me to work-out before the wedding. It takes normal people around 2 hours and it took us about 90 minutes. We were hoping to have dinner on the top, but it was just to foggy. 
On our way back to the hotel we stopped at Lynn Canyon.
We had a very late dinner at Nicli Pizzeria in Gastown. As for Gastown, it is Vancouver's historic area with old buildings and lots of amazing shops both clothing (designers and local finds), home decor and tourists shops.  
We each ordered the margherita neapolitan pizza and we both ate the WHOLE thing. We hiked a mountain after all! The restaurant was fancy, so I didn't bring out my camera to take any pictures. 
 After dinner, we walked around the Gastown and then went by the harbor to try the gelato that was voted the "best in the world." Normally there is a line outside the door, but we arrived 10 minutes before they closed so we were able to walk right in and try the Dulce de Leche (Caramel). 
The last day of the honeymoon we rented bikes and rode in Stanley Park around the seawall. It was just wonderful and a definitely highlight of the trip! 
We happened to time this perfect for a big boat to go under the Lions Gate Bridge. Jeff loved it!
Both of us probably didn't wear the best biking shoes. Jeff in flippie floppys and myself in booties. Oh well !
Right at the end of the bike ride, it started to rain, so we stopped for lunch at Romer's Burger Bar in Yaletown.  This place had a menu full of crazy burgers! We both decided to try something straight off the menu without changing anything. When in Rome right?!!  
I tried the Magic Mushroom Burger. The menu said the "flavour will blow your mind"
Jeff tried the Man's Man Burger. The menu description was the "best damn burger to hit your lips"
The rain cleared up so we kept biking and rode around the stadium & Olympic Village.
After biking we decided to walk to Gastown and do a little shopping. Here is the Gastown Steam Clock.
 We wanted to get gelato again but the line was crazy long, so we took a selfie instead and decided to walk to dinner.
Last dinner of the honeymoon was my pick and I wanted some pasta. We sat outside under twinkly lights and it was a great last meal! 

Our honeymoon was beyond perfection. Jeff & I laughed and laughed, relaxed, and just enjoyed every minute. 
The best part of leaving this blissful trip was that we got to go back home as husband and wife, and start our newly wed life together.


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