The characteristic of Vancouver, I noticed that immediately, is the alternation of buildings of glass to the green wild, fairy wooden houses to old decadent condos.
The city unfolds from a center (downtown) small and full of tall skyscrapers, whose main color is the blue of the sky mirrored in the glass of the buildings. For gradations it flows into the surrounding neighborhoods till the nearby towns that form the area of Metro Vancouver.
But the heart of Vancouver is dual: blue and green, city and nature. The peninsula where is situated downtown in fact has an appendix of untouched nature: Stanley Park, a park of 1001 acres almost entirely surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.
A cold but sunny morning of early January, we finally went to explore this pearl of Vancouver (that obviously deserves whole days of explorations more accurate) we chose to start walking all over the Seawall, a route that surrounds the entire park, where Vancouverites love to go running or biking (in summer I will go for sure!).
Starting from Coal Harbour we walked along the whole perimeter of Stanley Park (shortening just a little bit through the area of the totem poles) up to to the beaches of English Bay and then, further down, of Sunset Beach.
A classic view of Vancouver from Stanley Park Seawall…
Close to English Bay there is a group of 14 big statues. The name of this peculiar art work is “A-maze-ing Laughter“, but they are simply known as the Laughing Men.
When the sun began to fall over the water we were at Sunset Beach: the beach at the dusk was the perfect end for our first walk along the Seawall.
All my photos of Vancouver here –> flickr.com/photos/sabrinamiso/sets/vancouver