Christmas in Vancouver: Part I

Happy New Year all! I hope you enjoyed a peaceful and happy holiday season. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know I was lucky enough to spend Christmas in Vancouver!

Some of you have asked me to share some photos of my holiday. We stayed with family and met friends and had a wonderful time. G and I have a passion for Canada and couldn’t have asked for a better trip.

We spent our first full day learning how to snowboard on the slopes of Whistler. They had 80cms of snow in total and it was pure powder! The locals said we were very lucky to have such great conditions and the soft snow made for a very nice blanket to fall on to (and I fell alot).

We also took a verrrry steep gondola to Grouse Mountain which was full of Christmas cheer and magical snow scenes at the top. I was amazed that you can take a bus 15 minutes out of the city and be in a Narnia like wonderland.

Snow in Vancouver

The mountains are visible on every edge of the city; the beach, the streets downtown and even the roof top of the condo we stayed in. The blue sky was rare as it rained every day, but we didn’t mind!

Mountains in Vancouver

We took a lovely little ride with Lauren on the False Creek Ferry to Granville Island. We found a fantastic market awaiting us, with food and craft treats galore. My idea of heaven and a photographers dream!Granville Island Trip Vancouver

Our trusty map and hosts showed us all the best spots in the city. One of my favourites was a stationery shop named Paper Ya in which I could have spent a fortune. It was featured in the latest issue of Mollie Makes in the round up of craft spots to visit in the city. Walking around it made me think of so many of you who would have loved the paper goodness. Still kicking myself for leaving the map print washi tape behind…..

Look at all those wonderful Listography journals!!

Maps & Coffee Vancouver

The fresh produce at the market was delicious. If you know me at all, you will know I cannot stop in any city without hunting down macarons. I found a tower of them, natch.

Granville Island Market Food Vancouver

G and I goofed around snapping our reflection in a Christmas bauble and admired the differences in simple things like the brightly coloured mailboxes.Christmas in Vancouver

I will post Part II of my Vancouver adventures at the weekend, so keep an eye on the blog. I hope you all enjoyed my guest bloggers in my absence. I thought they were pretty awesome!

Now I’m signing off to kick the jet lag’s butt!

claireabelle

31 thoughts on “Christmas in Vancouver: Part I

  1. Joanne says:

    Oh, wonderful post – brought back lots of lovely memories of my trips to Vancouver. I love the Granville Island market. Must get back there someday – still have friends in the area.

  2. jmcvl says:

    so glad you tried snowboarding – i am absolutely addicited (have been doing it for over 4years and still spend most of the day on my bum!!). Happy NY – looks like you had an amazing Christmas abroad. x

  3. Jo says:

    Gorgeous photos Claire! Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! I’m itching to go to Canada one day! Happy new year me dear! 🙂 x

  4. carryoncreating says:

    Wow – your festive holiday looks and sounds great! I’ve never tried snowboarding or skiing and would love to! Did you feel the cold at all? 🙂

  5. Kath Hewitt says:

    Hi Claire. I have been waiting all week to find time to read your post about your holiday, I didn’t even peek at the pictures as I was so excited about reading what adventures you’d had while on holiday. It’s been lovely to read about the places you visited & the things that you did, it was fab to see you smiling in the picture too. After you worked like a trooper last year it seems very fitting you should have such a perfect break at the end, I do hope you get to return to buy that map print washi tape. Have a wonderful 2013, it’s great to have you back among the UK craft fold where you belong! xx

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