I hadn't been to Canada for years--not since living in the UK--and Richard had never been, so we popped up to Vancouver for a day trip. We had very mucky weather, but managed to run between shops on Granville Island and on Robson Street.
The Granville Island Market Blend was very good--sweet and slightly spicy. The butcher stall behind me had a sign up about ordering for Thanksgiving--it's on Monday 14 October in Canada!
Overall, Richard really wasn't that keen on Vancouver--we agreed that it's a weird mix of US/UK...
The next day, we went to Portage Bay Cafe for breakfast, near the Amazon HQ in Seattle
I look thrilled to be there! They have the world's best French toast, made from thick challah bread and they have a toppings bar with different kinds of berries, syrups and real whipped cream.
We walked our amazing breakfast off around Pike Place Market
In all of my years in Seattle, I never actually went to the famous gum wall. It really is as disgusting as it looks in these pictures, and it even smells like bubble gum, sickly sweet and fruity.
I got this new bag at Target--so cute!
We went down to the waterfront and did a bit more shopping, played skee-ball and pinball, and had lunch at Ivar's with the seagulls
The other diners were much more daring than we were, feeding the gulls by hand. I prefer to throw chips and watch the seagulls catch them in mid-air.
This patriotic masterpiece of a truck was parked outside our hotel. Surprisingly, it had Washington plates--I was sure it would turn out to be from Texas!
We spent a morning at UW, so I could check out their Government Publications stacks. I found some great stuff for my research, and it was so fun to show Richard around my beautiful alma mater