I picked them up at their hotel and we headed to the place at the top of their "must see" list for Vancouver. Stanley Park is at the top of most people's list of things to see and do when in the city, and the great thing about it is those of us who live nearby never get tired of going there either.
We saw the Totem Poles.
Patricia is an art major and volunteers at an art gallery in Brisbane, so she was very interested in the designs carved on the poles.
She's also an admirer of Emily Carr's paintings, and as we drove through Stanley Park she could see how Emily Carr was inspired by the deep, dark, dense coastal forests. We stopped at Prospect Point, where we were treated to a classical musician playing the erhu. Here's a link if you would like to hear him play. By this time we were famished, so decided to have lunch at the restaurant there. Not only was the view terrific, the food was amazing. I had a salmon burger on the best gluten-free bun I've ever eaten. I was positive they had made a mistake and given me a wheat bun, and even double checked with the server. I need to get ahold of that recipe!
We had a tough decision to make after we finished our lunch. We only had time to see one more attraction before they needed to be back to their hotel. In the end we decided to go to the Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and save Granville Island for our next meet-up. It turned out to be a good choice. I had never been before, and the garden was very pretty. I felt like I was back in China, minus the crowds of people.
I especially loved the rock mosaics. The designs looked like they could be incorporated into some knitting.
All too soon it was time to say goodbye. We never stopped talking the whole time we were together, and both Patricia and Gary were very patient with all of my questions about life in Australia. Most of them were about snakes. I am petrified of them, and can't imagine living in a place that has an abundance of them, especially since they have the kind that can kill you. Of course, Patricia had the same concerns about life in Canada with our bears. I pointed out that while we might have bears, at least they aren't poisonous. And on that note, here is what I purchased at the gift shop in Stanley Park to remember what turned out to be a very special day.