Since I have so many pictures to share I've decided to divide this recap into four parts. I just want to share some of my favorite parts of the trip, since that's the best part..looking back and thinking about what you really enjoyed. The first is Bloedel Conservatory. It was one of the last places we visited, but it was also one of my favorites. I've got a thing for floral conservatories, mainly because I have a serious affinity for taking pictures of flowers. Cincinnati's Krohn Conservatory is one of my favorite places in the city, and I've visited conservatories in places like Columbus, D.C. and Chicago and been in seventh heaven! But Bloedel is something very different, in fact, it's a pretty small place with a modest flower selection. The most interesting part of Bloedel are the array of birds that freely wander around the conservatory; everything from finches to exotic parrots to birds I had never seen before. None of the birds are caged, so at any moment a finch could go zipping past your head. Although a little startling, it makes for some great picture-taking.
This guy was my favorite, he seemed very friendly. Plus, he seemed to like hanging around the orchids just as much as I did!
Since we were staying in the heart of downtown, Bloedel was a little bit of a bus ride away, but it was totally worth it! And, on the way back to our hotel we stopped at this fantastic place called Peaceful Restaurant...so delicious! If/when we go back, we will definitely be making a trip or two to Peaceful, it was possibly some of the best Chinese food I've ever had! Also, the overlook at Bloedel offers a spectacular view of downtown Vancouver.