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I'm back after about two weeks of vacation. After numerous hours of reading, I have actually caught up with the 600+ new posts/threads posted here since my departure. :D

I spent some time in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada, then took a one week Alaska cruise (inside passage). It was very nice, though the towns where we stopped were *total* tourist traps (imagine a town with a population of 5,000 taking in all the people from 5-6 large ships!). I guess that is to be expected in places like this.

Being the freak that I am, I took around 800 pics and several dozen short digital 'videos'. Here are a few unaltered (aside from size) pics I took.

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We took the obligatory trip to Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island. I had very high expectations, yet to my surprise I still left impressed.

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One of the thousands of beautiful roses at Butchart Gardens. This is one of my better shots... it's a shame that some of the clarity was lost when I compressed it.

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My hotel of choice in Victoria... the Empress. Victoria is said by some to be the London of North America.

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A sunset from the ship in Alaska. I've seen hundreds of Hawaiian sunsets, but they don't get anywhere near the ones I saw in Alaska. Not only are they more stunning, but they last longer! Again, this pic is unaltered.

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We traveled aboard the Radiance of the Seas (Royal Carribean). It's around a year old and holds about 2400 passengers. The crew members were very accomidating and warm, and the boat was decorated tastefully and elegantly (I hate how flashy some ships are!). All the crew kept talking about the unusually good weather we were having - it was sunny most of the time.

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I took this pic as we approached Hubbard Glacier. It was a bit nippy out there, but most people were out on the decks that day to see the blue ice and seals. Blankets were offered, but some people used the ones from their cabins (which struck me as funny somehow). You could hear and feel the ship running into little icebergs (the ones at the bottom of the image appear small, but they were big enough to hold at least 10 seals!). As an aside, this was the only day that they didn't play music from the movie "Titanic". :D

Well, that about sums it up. I have about 800 other pics I could share, but I'm sure this was enough to bore everyone!

Although I hated to see the vacation end, it was really nice to come back and go for a drive! Tomorrow I will be back at the office... physically at least. Ickpoo! :thumbdwn:

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Glad to hear that you've had a great time, SONET :thumbup:

So where'd you visit while you were in Vancouver?:D
 

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Glad to hear that you've had a great time, SONET :thumbup:

So where'd you visit while you were in Vancouver?:D

I hope he visited that little french crepe place on robson... omg... best crepes ever!
 

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We only had three or four days in Vancouver. I did visit some of the places you recommended, but it didn't work out with the eateries you suggested. I wanted to try the places you mentioned, but my family just wanted to eat at the closest place wherever it was that we got hungry. Oh well. Thanks again for the recommendations though, I saved what you wrote and will visit them next time I'm in the area.

The hotel I stayed at was in Richmond (The Executive near Richmond Centre Mall). We spent time in and around Gastown, and saw the suspension bridge from the lookout (with the racoons on my shoes!) and went under it on the ship when we left the port. We also spent a good part of a sunny day in Stanley Park, which was very nice. Robson Street made for some good shopping, they have some nice stores there. I saw the place with the crepes, but unfortunately I was full when we walked by so I didn't try any. Next time I will try them!

I did a great deal of driving... Vancouver is much larger than I thought it would be. It can be a bit confusing to navigate, but getting lost usually made opportunities to see places I wouldn't have seen otherwise. Even with that, next time I go I will rent a vehicle with Navi, it's worth the extra $7US/day IMHO.

I really enjoyed my time in Vancouver and plan on going back as soon as one of my friends can head over with me. Thanks again for your info, it really helped! :D

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Love those Alaskan sunsets - gorgeous!

In that pic of the glacier - what is that object in the left center of the pics - is that another ship?
 

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I hope he visited that little french crepe place on robson... omg... best crepes ever!
That place does have awesome crepes doesn't it?? ... I love the chocolate filled ones... ;) :p
 

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AWESOME PICS... :thumbup: I have been to Victoria and Vancouver quite a few times ... awesome place ... I love Robson street ... :D Great place to people watch... ;) :p
 

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That place does have awesome crepes doesn't it?? ... I love the chocolate filled ones... ;) :p
Chocolate ~ Sabrina..............:bigpimp:

Good times for all:thumbup:

*on topic*

Sonet - Great photos, sounds like a great trip:)
 

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I beg to differ. I make the best crepes. Thin, moist, soft and buttery. Top them with real maple syrup and fresh blueberries and raspberries. :thumbup:
 

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I beg to differ. I make the best crepes. Thin, moist, soft and buttery. Top them with real maple syrup and fresh blueberries and raspberries. :thumbup:
Cool, crepe party at John's house:D :thumbup:

Can I bring anything:dunno:
 

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Cool, crepe party at John's house:D :thumbup:

Can I bring anything:dunno:
I do it once a year for New Year's Day brunch...and I missed 2002! The chef spends the whole time cooking instead of enjoying.
 

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Thanks guys. I enjoyed taking the pictures and got to learn a bit about the camera along the way. Between the pics (around 600K each) and short 'films' the material takes up roughly 1GB of space. I'm glad I had a laptop to dump my Compact Flash card onto during the trip, otherwise I would have worried about each shot I took.

The object in the middle of the last picture is one of the Celebrity ships about two miles out. It turned around and left the harbor and we took its place. After a couple hours of viewing, a P&O boat took our spot soon after we departed. Through the whole trip, the same 4-6 ships were always at the places where we stopped.

The merchants in these towns must do pretty well even though they are only open four months out of the year (June-Sept.). They average 8-10,000 visitors six days out of the week, few of which board the ships without at least one bag in their hands at each stop. According to the people I talked to that were working the shops, many of the store owners take an 8 month vacation after travel season is over. Must be nice!

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