Fondest memory Continue to walk along English Bay. This is the first green space in the city by the shoreline. Back in the 20's, a brass band used to play in the stand in Alexandra Park. It is on your left hand side on the block after you have passed the Boat House.
You will also see some older apartments. If a building has balconies, then it must be built after the 70s because it was only then that the bylaw prohibiting balconies was lifted.
Stay on Beach Avenue until you hit Nicola Street, turn left and head away from the water. At 1386 Nicola is Kensington Place that was built with marvellous details. More noticeable are its recessed balcony and poured concrete portal over the door that are evidence of the social status of the original owner. Each unit has area in excess of 1500 sq. ft and has rooms for maids and servants!
Favorite thing Did you see any rock display (see photo) when as you walk from second beach to English Bay? There is someone who likes to come to this area and balance stones and rocks on top of one another.
Now that you are at English Bay, we can take a heritage walk around the West End. It will take about two hours.
Since you have just come out of Stanley Park after a few hours of walking, we will start the exploration of Vancouver's heritage by first taking a rest in the Sylvia Hotel restaurant. This hotel is on your left after you have come out of Stanley Park. The Sylvia was built in 1912 and was the tallest building in the west end until the 1950s. The heritage plague (a dark blue plague in the shape of an inverted triangle) in front of the building will tell you more about it.
Get a window seat and enjoy the ocean view here. If you are craving for desserts, move on to the east side Denman Street, there is a store that sells cup cakes and Mondo Gelato just a few stores down has the best ice-cream in Vancouver.
OK, we better get going!
Fondest memory I took this photo the day Canada won the gold Olympic medal for men's hockey. In fact, I took this picture about 20 minutes after the game ended. Every car was honking and people were cheering until well after the sun went down. During my walk through downtown, I took this photo of some of Vancouver's famous landmarks.
Photo: From left to right: Harbour Centre (the building with the revolving restaurant up top), apartment building, the new Vancouver Sun/The Province building, The Sun Tower (the old Vancouver Sun offices with the green copper roof), the Lions (the twin snow-capped mountain peaks named after an old native legend), and the Woodwards 'W' (the left-over tower from the now-defunct Woodward's Canadian department store which closed in 1994). The Sun Tower was a prominent feature of Vancouver's skyline back in the "olden day" - but not to much anymore. This is only one small section of downtown's skyline - not representative of the entire city.
Favorite thing As an architect I was very anxious to see the City Hall building because I had seen it in so many books and movies. It is all exposed concrete with a huge interior atrium and glass roofs over some of the meeting spaces which although no doubt illegal, it was nonetheless very fun to climb out on these roofs and look down at the people and furniture far below. I have also heard from several people that Victoria Island is very beautiful but we were only in the city for a weekend and didn't get a chance to go there.
Fondest memory Driving around in the rain observing (only) the many soaking wet prostitutes in the red light district
Favorite thing Go to the big city park on the water.
Fondest memory As we entered the city I thought I was transported back to the early 70's because of all the same-style apartment complexes in the city. I thought they were quite ugly, however to this day I can't get them out of my mind, and now looking back maybe they weren't so ugly?
Favorite thing Vancouver has a large and bright skyline, I have never seen a city with so many 35 story buildings, but they can't seem to get any higher than that, except this building here.
Favorite thing This is the Sheraton Wall Centre taken during my stay. I was on the 31st floor and took this picture out of my window.
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