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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Another Excellent Adventure

Some of you may remember "Leslie and Josie's Excellent Spring Adventure" from back in April, 2007. We've been on a few adventures since then, but today was really fun and we actually got lost! Anyway, we love driving over to the North Shore (West and North Vancouver) via the Burrard Street Bridge and through the downtown area, bypassing Stanley Park, and over the Lions Gate Bridge.

Our first destination was "The Village," a part of the Park Royal shopping complex. It is fairly new, built in 2004, and is an open-air “village-style” extension of the South Mall with a unique and charming "feel" of its own. First stop was for a cappuccino before heading over to Home Hardware to look at lighting fixtures for my place. I think I might have found what I'm looking for but will have to phone my electrician to see if he can do what I want with them.


These street lamps were scattered throughout the village, giving it an old-world charm.

Then we strolled along and admired the architecture of the village and took a few photos. We went into Danier Leather where Josie helped me choose some red leather gloves and a beautiful scarlet scarf that will look perfect with either my black leather jacket or my brown wool winter coat. We also ambled into a housewares place and saw lots of neat things and where Josie picked up a little something as a Christmas present for someone.


By then, we'd made our way all the way back to the car so decided to head up toward Cleveland Dam at the top of the mountain. We got lost and never did find the Dam. It seemed like we ended up going in circles and had to resort to asking a pedestrian how to get back down to the highway! But did we see some gorgeous homes! In the photo below, imagine us above the buildings (on the left side) driving on cedar tree-lined streets almost to the top!

We decided to go to "our" place, Presto Cucina (a wonderful little Italian place just a few blocks from Josie's place in the Kits district of Vancouver), and had a scrumptious meal complete with a Shiraz. Home again, home again, jiggedy jig...I'll let Josie tell you the story of what we else we saw up the mountain! Be sure to go over there. I'll leave you with a picture of me across the table from Josie at dinner and my supple new red leather gloves and my new so-soft scarf.

24 comments:

Country Girl said...

Love sharing your adventures with Josie, Leslie. Um hey, is that you in a bikini in the post below?!! Sorry, I got off-subject. Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving to you up there.

Maggie May said...

Love the photos. The places look really good and I also like your scarf & matching gloves. Don't you come back feeling good after a trip away?

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Pretty photos... loved going on the adventure with you..
the scarf and gloves is something I would love to have right now... it's cold out here today. It's -8 C.. brrr...
Take care.
~Michele

Jo said...

Leslie, the scarf and gloves look FABULOUS on you. AND, the new chandelier is going to look FABULOUS in your dining room.

*heh*

It was fun. I have to upload the pictures of the crazy boys, and then I will do a post about them.

Liz said...

What a great day you had, leslie!

leslie said...

Hi Kate, um yeah that's me in the bikini - the one and only summer I ever wore one! *heh*

leslie said...

Hi maggie may - I never wanted to leave that place! And I wish I could go there even now but I'm not part of that family anymore. :(

leslie said...

Hi Michele, it was cold here this morning (7C) so I wore my new scarf and gloves but by the time we got out of church it'd warmed up.

leslie said...

Hi Josie, I looked at lots of lighting fixtures this afternoon online and I think I might have found 3 pieces that will be perfect and coordinate with each other.

leslie said...

Hi Liz - yes it was great! Especially getting lost in the mountains! lol

antigoni said...

I'm sure you had great time. All of your pictures are wonderful but the last one (of you) is awesome. You are very beautiful and i said before your face is so peacefull and kind.

Ellee Seymour said...

What a great adventure. You look so happy in that last picture. It's lovely to have friends to travel with.

mrsnesbitt said...

Ooooooooh! Red gloves how classy is that! I am terrible with gloves, leaving them everywhere so I only buy knitted black ones...then I can always rustle up a pair!

holly said...

what a cool village!

and oh my gosh. the things you'll be able to do with those gloves. everyone should have red gloves. well, maybe not *everyone*. but many....

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

What a fab girls adventure Leslie! Stunning piccies and those gloves and the scarf look exquisite

Russell said...

Great pictures and a great adventure!

Sounds like you had a wonderful outing! I realize this is getting a bit late in the day, but I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Take care.

nancygrayce said...

You just have the most fun! Love the scarf and gloves.....I have a pair of gloves in case I ever get anywhere that is cold!

By the way, I have an award for you over at my place.

Casdok said...

Just love your gloves and scarf!!
Looks and sounds like a wonderful time.

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

thanks my dear , you look very pretty and happy (both) thanks for sharing you adventures..I like watching your photo's....

(thank you for your sweet words with my loss of Stef)
how are you doing( with your back)

JoAnn

CherryPie said...

It looks like fantastic fun :-)

sally in norfolk said...

wow i just love those gloves..... :-)

ChrissyM said...

What fantastic photos! I especially love the shot of the bridge.

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