Monday, August 1, 2011

1-Year Anniversary Weekend in Vancouver

Hi everyone!  Hope the weekend was fantastic!

As I've been blogging about, Nick and I had our 1-year anniversary on July 31 celebrated up in Vancouver, B.C.!The whole weekend we were saying 'why don't we do this more often?!' Vancouver is such a fantastic city with so much to do and great food, and only a 3 hour drive (including crossing the border) from Seattle.  We'll be sure to go back hopefully soon!






We did lots of walking around the beautiful city and lots of great eating.  Our first stop was to Japa Dog.  A Japanese style hot dog that gained a ton of press from the recent Vancouver Olympics.  Giada and Justin Bieber are fans!

 celebs who love Japa Dog

showing off my Jappadog 

 Site of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Olympic arena

We also had a fantastic dinner at a restaurant called The Italian Kitchen.  It was great Italian comfort food, and a really swanky atmosphere.  We had calamari and panzanella salad to start, and Nick had spaghetti and Kobe beef meatballs while I did a big calorie splurge with a lobster tagliatelle.


Just by chance, we happened to be in Vancouver during a weekend a lot was going on.  There was a huge fireworks show over English Bay we got to see and also the second biggest Pride Parade after San Francisco which we checked out after doing dim sum at a restaurant called Kirin! It's actually one of the largest Pride Parades in all of North America!



Another fun thing we did to top off the weekend was rent cruisers and bike around Stanley Park and the waterfront, about 7 miles.  It's a great ride, meant for walking and beautiful views!


 city skyline from Stanley Park

Stanley Park beach




Our first year of marriage has been wonderful and we're looking forward to many more years to come! 

Oh and regarding gifts - the first year is traditionally paper - so we look a little twist on it and did tickets to Europe in September (blog post about it here)!

33 comments:

French Lover said...

Happy anniversary !!! I would LOVE to go to Vancouver someday ! Looks like you had fun :) Bisous !

Allison said...

Love this post and all the fabulous pictures - you two always do so many fun things together! Bike riding looked amazing and is such a fun idea.
And your first year paper gifts are perfect- cannot wait to hear more about what you two have planned!

Morgan said...

What a great trip!! I want to go there so badly!!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Look like a great time!! We want to do an Alaskan cruise and many of them leave from Vancouver. When we finally get to do it, I'll to make sure to leave an extra day or two to explore!

Kristin said...

How fun! Wondering, is it cheaper to fly to Europe from the west coast than the east? We've been dying to go, but the fares are soooo expensive from here.- Looks like your anniversary was wonderful! Guess what? Our anniversary is July 31st too, but this year isn't our first, it's our 12th! (I got married reeeaally young ;-)) Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

Joanna said...

Congratulations on your first anny! We are approaching our second in September. Isn't marriage the best? Have a good week!

Meg {henninglove} said...

congratulations on your one year! looks like a great anniversary get away, i love riding bikes, it is a good way to explore a new city! hope many many more years of happiness to you and your husband!

Zara said...

Happy anniversary!! And I am so looking forward to hearing all about your European adventures!!

Holly said...

happy anni! ive loved seeing and hearing all about your wedding. i cant believe its already been a whole year.

yours truly, melissa said...

Happy one year anniversary Carol! Vancouver does look like a beautiful city to visit. I'm glad you two had fun! And how excited are you about your trip to Europe in September? I know I would be over the moon!

the southern hostess said...

Vancouver is such a fantastic city! Looks like a great trip. Happy Anniversary!

Lindsay said...

Happy Anniversary!! :)
Ive always wanted to go there. Sounds like it was a perfect getaway :)

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

What a fun anniversary trip! Can't believe it's already been a year!!

Kristin said...

Vancouver is a fun city, looks like you had a great weekend!

Caroline said...

Aw Yay for one year!! AND YES... I need to email you about Europe!!!!!! :)

Jess said...

Happy First Year of Marriage! Your trip sounds wonderful and Europe in September sounds really spectacular!

Smile Steady said...

How fun- it looks gorgeous! And happy anniversary to you, too!

Katie said...

Happy anniversary! What a great way to celebrate. Lovely pictures!

Dhymalk dhykTa said...

Happi anniversary, wish your best guys.
thanks for sharing picts of canada,
so wonderful city,
as asian, we do hope one day i'll be there,tq

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

Has it really already been a year?? wow. My parents were just in vancouver. Looks so nice. I have it on my list to go :)

Belly B said...

Happy Anniversary!!! The Italian kitchen sounds fantastic!
And this is totally irrelevant, but you are SUPER pretty!! Especially in your wedding photos! :)

Belly B :)

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Beautiful! I hear so many great things about Vancouver. I had no idea it was that close to Seattle.

Congrats on your anniversary. It's wonderful that you set aside some time to celebrate and make some more memories!

Mrs. H said...

Happy 1yr!!! Love your one year anniversary gifts and love that y'all went to Vancouver. I wish we were only 3 hours away from cool cities like that!

Lyryn said...

Happy I Year! Looks like an amazing time! SO AWESOME!

Jax said...

Happy anniversary! Your trip looked really fun! I'd love to head up to Vancouver! :)

SEJ said...

Happy Anniversary! We've been up to Vancouver twice, but both weekends were pretty cold and gray. I would love to go back on a nice weekend! And your bike ride around the park looked awesome!

annelise said...

Happy anniversary! Looks like a pretty perfect way to celebrate. And I think tickets to Europe is ideal!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I just loveeee your photos and Vancouver!!!

Bad Joan said...

Cute pic of you with the Japa Dog.

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Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

The photos from Vancouver look amazing. That's awesome that you got to see the Olympic site. Happy Anniversary!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

What a fun anniversary getaway! I haven't been to Vancouver since college (when we used to go there to go out to clubs - haha!). I really need to go again.

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

What a fun anniversary getaway! I haven't been to Vancouver since college (when we used to go there to go out to clubs - haha!). I really need to go again.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Aw that trip looked like fun! Glad you two had a good time! I always love taking trips with my husband!

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