It is pretty exciting downtown Vancouver right now. We spent yesterday wandering around the streets - having a great time -- along with a couple hundred thousand others!!
It was so much fun to see so many people downtown enjoying themselves.
These are just a few of the pictures I took as we wandered about. Yesterday was more of a fact finding mission -- to find out what exactly was going on and what we needed to see at some point during the Olympics. We found out it was VERY busy and we walked miles and miles and my feet hurt today. Jim calculates 5.4 Kms -- it felt like at least 6.8 kms!! LOL
These are the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. There is a free Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Art Gallery - there was a bit of a line up so we didn't go in - but we will go back and see it before to long. I really want to see it.
There is a free zip line that goes from the Vancouver Art Gallery to Robson Square - with a huge line up of course.
This is Robson Square. There is a small skating rink in Robson Square - a few young children skating but it was not too busy on the rink.
This is LiveCity Vancouver - in here is Canada House and Manitoba House and a few other things. There is a quilt on display in Manitoba house that I want to see. There is also a First Nations Pavilion - "The Four Host Nations" which has some live performances through out the day which we will go back and see if we can get in to see one day.
This is Granville Street. There are a bunch of Olympic themes down here as well as the lanterns and displays set out for Chinese New Year.
These are lanterns for Chinese New Year. At night they are all lit up - it is supposed to be beautiful down here at night. We plan to go back in the evening to see the crowds and the lanterns and maybe catch a few live performances or try to get in to see a medal ceremony.
A picture of the massive crowds.
Here is a street performer on a unicycle juggling -- I was a little concerned he might electrocute himself if he wasn't too careful of the streetcar lines just above his head.
We saw many - MANY Canada hockey jerseys --lots of whole families decked out in them.
Lots of uniforms and jerseys from countries all over the world -- lots of Russians. This is just outside the "Olympic Superstore" at The Bay - there was a line up to get in there as well.
And lastly the Torch. The torch is on the waterfront and those are the North Shore mountains in the background. Cypress Mountain is on the far left of the picture. West Vancouver is straight ahead and North Vancouver and Grouse Mountain would be to the right - not in the pictures.