British Columbia, July/August 2006
photos by lamardeuse


totems

In BC, it's always a good idea to start with a totem pole. This one's in Stanley Park.








relax

A street scene. I was struck by the windows of the building, which seem more Oriental than Canadian.
But then, sometimes Vancouver seems more like Hong Kong than Vancouver.










beach

The seaweed on this Victoria beach was fascinating. And smelly.











cigarshop


An old-fashioned cigar shop in Victoria. If Vancouver is of the future,
 Victoria is very much of the past.










orca


Apparently, most BC residents hate these touristy killer whales, which are peppered throughout
Vancouver and Victoria. They're passé now - the latest sculptures are bears. The residents
hate those, too.








victoria

They're everywhere. The building in the background is the Empress Hotel,
where I did not spend $54 for finger sandwiches.












ferry

There were lots of very pricey whale-watching tours and such in Victoria.
We opted for the slightly less posh tour, but it was fun.











sunset
 

If you ever go to BC, you must take a ride on one of the ferries. The scenery is not to be missed.



islands













algerianhook

Neither is the wax museum in Victoria.  This is the guy on the Algerian Hook. And you
think your life sucks.










franklin

And for all the DS gals : this is Franklin. And his hands.












downtown

This is a view of downtown from Stanley Park. The number of condos already built and under construction
is staggering. There's no other Canadian city that looks like this.













yachts

And yet right next door to these million dollar condos is the neighbourhood full of junkies
wandering the street looking for their next hit. It looks pretty from here, though.








kitty

And finally: our friends' kitty!




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