Shopping, Art + Water Taxis
I’m really enjoying showing my Los Angeles family around my new home – Vancouver!
As we were walking to the train station a jovial man walked past Ashley + said, “Alright, winter!!!! High five!!!!!!!” + gave Ashley a fiver. Oh Canucks. So friendly.
We were heading towards the Vancouver Art Gallery + we exited Granville station. Granville station drops you out underground into the belly of Pacific Centre, downtown Vancouver’s grande dame shopping mall. Here’s Ashley at The Bay drooling over their iconic striped duffle coat.
The Hudson’s Bay Company is North America’s oldest commercial corporation that in the 17th century began as a Canadian fur trading post. The Hudson’s Bay wool blankets (known as “point blankets”) were traded to First Nations + Native Americans for beaver pelts. Indigo stripes threaded onto the blankets symbolized “points” + indicated to the weight + size of the blanket without having to unfold it. These blankets were sought after by First Nations + Native Americans due to the fact that they held in heat even when wet + were easier to sew than hides.
There is much controversy surrounding the blankets because it is widely believed that British administrators supported the handing out of the blankets that were contaminated with smallpox, as to wipe out the Native population.
Okay so I totally went on a tangent. Sorry, back on track. Shopping. The main reason we went into the mall was because they recently opened up a Topshop in the Pacific Centre!!!! Topshop is a SUPERCUTE British clothing company that only has 4 locations in the United States so we HAD to stop in!
I am so going back.
Doesn’t the museum look like a dark lord’s manor??? Well it does to me! Canadian artist, Ian Wallace’s exhibit is still going on. You can read more about him here, when I came to the museum with Jeff’s father last month.
We zoomed through the museum (it’s really not that big) + struggled our way back through the subways + walked down to the water taxi in Yaletown. Yo, dragging these women through the sludgy, pouring wet snow is like watching a comedy skit!!! It was like dragging wet sand bags down the street!!!! Oh thank the lord, here’s our ride!
Ashley only brought Uggs to Vancouver + I’m like, “Ashley! Girrrrl are you crazy?! You don’t wear suede shoes in the rain!!!!!”. Silly Southern Californians don’t understand weather. I still don’t. Her feet were soaked through!
It was a lively adventure taking the train + walking around downtown on one of the worst weather days in Vancouver! My family was a couple of troupers + I’m sparkling with happiness that they experienced a real Vancouver day!!!!