Sep 152015

Downtown Vancouver at Night via J5MM.comDowntown Vancouver Skyline via // Monica Bennett Photography in Seattle, WA

I took my time this weekend driving the 140 or so miles to see my parents in Vancouver, BC.  I’ve been driving to see them now, back and forth — from Seattle to Vancouver for well over 20 years and usually I am quite in the hurry to get there worried about border waits and heavy traffic.  It figures, that this time, when I decide to take it easy and come as time takes me that I encounter one of the most pleasant drives I have experienced in a long time.

This was to be a weekend to unwind, relax and be with my mom and dad.  My plans were simple: relax and practice my photography.  I brought all of my camera gear, every lens, everything because I knew that the views that you see above would be waiting for me and I could hardly wait.  The pictures you see here were all taken from my bedroom balcony at their home.

Vancouver Sunrise via // Monica Bennett Photography Seattle, WA

We did actually leave the house for a few hours on Saturday to attend an outdoor festival that was happening at the tennis club just down the road.  At the festival we saw this darling Airstream trailer serving up some super delicious burgers (that’s my adorable mom there trying to decide on what burger to order for lunch.  I love her ♥)

food-truckHollygras at Hollyburn Country Club // Vancouver BC

As we were waiting in line for B to give the trampoline-bungee-jumping thing a try, a magician came by to entertain all of us in line.  B was mesmerized by him!  His tricks were SO good and he gave B his card to keep.  My mom told him, “You should be on America’s Got Talent,” and guess what?  He WAS.  His name is Wes Barker and he performed the “Nearly Nude,” act on live TV this past July :)  Here is a link if you’d like to see him in action.

Wes Barker // America's Got Talent Magician // Vancouver, BC

After spending the better part of the afternoon at the festival, we came home and let Oliver run wild in my parent’s backyard.   Poor little dog doesn’t get a chance to run free at his full speed so I am always happy to let him go in this backyard where he can have at it (Oliver is SO fast at his full speed, even when I run him, it’s still not fast enough!) My mom has an apple tree in the backyard and Oliver always finds an apple to chew on (and chase after we throw it for him).  Here in this picture you can see how happy he is !

Sir Oliver Bennett

Soon we hear a loud bellowing noise in the distance and it’s the horn of a cruise ship passing under the Lions Gate Bridge.  My dad says it’s a Princess ship probably heading to Alaska.  Alaska!  It’s a dream of mine to visit there one day with my silver girl (or, okay, a Cruise Ship will do just fine too lol).

Princess Cruise Ship departing Vancouver Bay via J5MM.comsailinglike-ships-in-then-ight

I truly enjoy visiting my parents and having fun filled, relaxing days like these ♥

I hope you are having a lovely September and that travels remain in your Fall future.  We will be bringing our Silver Girl back to her spot on our property in mountain country very soon — she still has a few more repairs that need to be done.  I miss her :(

Tired Out Pup named Oliver via J5MM.comGoodnight Vancouver via // Monica Bennett Photography Seattle, WA


Aug 312011

The sailing of the route that spans the vast Strait of Georgia docks in Port of Nanaimo in the North End of the Gulf Islands. This location is a short hop to two mountain passes that connect Port Alberni to Tofino and Ucluelet. The fishing grounds of Tofino and Ucluelet are teaming with wild Coho, Halibut and trophy sized Ling Cod. Campbell River is where you can land King Salmon and surf the same day. Strathcona Provincal Park with its rivers and mountains and who can forget the royal ambiance of Victoria.

Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver, British Columbia

Marine Drive winds its way through the coastline and connects West Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay and  has majestic beauty. On any given Sunday, the bicylists make claim to its recreational opportunities which include numerous waterfornt parks and sea-to-sky vistas. When you arrive in Horsehoe bay, you are charmed by its simple architecutre and historic marina where the mountains rise up the sea. Numerous shops and restaurants abound. The photos don’t lie – this is a must on your bucket list.

Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

Aug 112011

When you cross the border from the United States into Canada, everything feels different, instantly.  The people, the culture, the landscapes.  It feels as if you have been transported to a European country.  I hope that if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this beautiful city, that you will be able to someday.

There is so much to do and see in this amazing city and the way we like to discover our surroundings is to hit the pavement and start exploring, on foot.  We start our exploration by crossing the Lions Gate suspension bridge.  The Lions Gate Bridge connects the North Shore to the downtown area of Vancouver.

Lions Gate Bridge

As we head towards the end of the bridge we have sweeping views of the sea walk at Stanley Park. Stanley Park is Vancouver’s urban Park and is a nature lover’s paradise with miles upon miles of trails, beaches, sea life, playgrounds, etc…

Stanley Park

On our way out of Stanley Park, we arrive in downtown Vancouver and decide to stop at “The Boathouse,” which is a great seafood grill and pub located along the edge of English Bay.  Hubby was hungry so a fish and chips were in order . . .

downtown vancouver

This is an incredible city with so much to explore.  I truly hope that you if you do have the opportunity to visit that you will enjoy yourself as much as we did.