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// SEPTEMBER 2009
Movie stars!
London
Vancouver
Three Valley Lake
San Francisco
Monterey
Pacific Coastal Highway 1
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Torrey
Monument Valley
Grand Canyon
Santa Fe
Denver
Ottawa
Niagara Falls
New York
Boston
Quebec
Montreal
Kamloops
Lake Louise
Banff
Canmore
Calgary
Sausalito
Napa
San Simeon
Santa Barbara
Malibu
Santa Monica
Venice
Calico Ghost Town
Zion National Park
Bryce National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Arches National Park
Flagstaff
Petrified Forest National Park
Painted Desert
Ice Caves, Grants
Albuquerque
Los Cerrillos
Los Alamos
Taos
Taos Pueblo
Montreal
Toronto
Mystic Seaport
Newport
Plymouth

Vancouver


12th of September 
All eventful…

We landed at  Vancouver.
We took the car, which we had rented for two days and arrived at the centre of the city and at our hotel, The St. Regis Hotel

We left the car at a parking and went for check in.
Reaching the reception, we found quite a few people gathered there, but when we show the receptionists the copy of our booking, a little fuss was created.
A Chinese guy, who introduced himself as the hotel’s manager, announced us that there were double bookings and it would not be possible for us to sleep there.

An alternative solution would be to go to another hotel. I was absolutely astonished.

I had made the booking almost four months earlier and the whole schedule of ours had been based on the position of the hotel, which would allow us to see all the sights of Vancouver on foot, in the few hours that we would stay in the city.
I informed Christos about the bad news, so as to have the time to digest the whole thing and to think of ways of facing it.
I answered the Chinese guy that we were not going to go anywhere!
We had come straight from Europe, after a very long flight and the only thing we wanted was to rest and have a look at the city. If he really did not have rooms for everyone, he could send some other people away, since that was not our problem but his own!!!

The Chinese guy, in the same state of mind with me then, having lost his immaculate style and his polite smile, tried to calm me down.


The solution was eventually found.

We were offered a room at the  Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, one of the most expensive hotels of Vancouver and, more over, they also paid for a taxi service which would take us there and then, the next day, would bring us back to the parking, where we had left our car.

When we reached Hilton, we found queues at the reception, since it was the time that the groups were arriving.

I skated over everyone, reached the reception and, of course, I took the room!


So, yes, then, Mr. Dimitri, I will drive in America…

After a quick freshening up, we left the hotel and went down to the market. We wanted to buy a GPS. In Greece, anytime I was asking for a GPS with maps of America and Canada, I was receiving the ironic comment:

«What do you need the maps for? Are you telling me that you are going to drive in America?»
So, yes, then, Mr. Dimitri! I will drive in America…

Our first tom-tom with maps of America, Canada and Mexico was eventually a fact (at a price of approximately 100 euro). And, while I already knew how I would spend the night, (staying awake all night long “in the tender company” of the GPS), I started, along with Christos, a tour of the city.

Vancouver, built at the southern part of Canada, is considered the most beautiful city in the whole country. It reminds a little bit of New York, a little bit of Chicago and a little bit of San Francisco, but in reality is has nothing to do with all those cities. It is totally and absolutely unique.



Our first visit was to the port, after having a stop at  Steamworks, for beer and hamburger, on the way to our destination.
We continued our tour to Gastown, to the old historic centre of the city, which goes back to 1867. With its many restored Victorian buildings, which today they host refined boutiques, many stores with antiques and souvenirs, restaurants, outdoor cafes and art galleries, Gastown is with no doubt a pole of attraction for all the visitors. Its trademark is the famous Steam Clock, which “sings the hours” helped by the steam power. It is considered the most photographed outdoor clock, after the Big Ben

In Vancouver there is also the biggest Chinatown of Canada.

After having completed our promenade to the centre of “the North’s Hollywood”, a nickname that was given to the big Canadian city, due to the fact that here there were filmed more movies than in any other city, with the exception of Los Angeles, we returned to the hotel.   



I had to learn the basic functioning of the GPS and to put into it the course of the next day.
Christos had already been asleep, a while ago, but I had the chance to enjoy the views of Vancouver from our room. In any case, I would be able to sleep in the car too, the next day. Christos, though, should be able to get a good night’s rest, since he would be the one who would be driving.

Overwhelmed by joy at the thought that I was at the other side of the Atlantic, I fell asleep, at some point, too…

 

Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
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Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18 days
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