03.18.11Vancouver…Cosmopolitan city with Natural Gifts

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Spring time in VancouverBeautiful Vancouver…cosmopolitan natural beauty nestled in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

World class in spirit, many people journey to this city to experience the essence of  one of   the best cities in the world to live ranking, and the freshness of the  west coast lifestyle.   As fresh  as the rich Aboriginal culture and traditions that are rooted in every apspect of this land’s tapestry, that whisper ancient cultural ways in the coastal waters and sing their stories proudly  through the myriad of forests and islands dotted around the coast.   Spiritual and cleansing, Vancouver is the gateway to a holiday filled with adventure and awe.  Every kind of excursion starts with the  generous and welcoming hospitality of the Canadian people.  People who come from around the world and become Canadian form this  rich mosaic of Vancouver’s multicultural community.  They all share the pride, and love they have for our province and this is evident in how they embrace and express  their diversity within Vancouver.  My mother emigrated to Vancouver from a small village in Greece in the 1950’s as well as manyof my friend’s parents.  Our parents participated in the creation of a community started by the first Greek pioneers to come from Greece and openly sang the praises of a province that helped them to prosper and provide a life for themselves and their families.   This is one of the same stories that begins all the other present day cultures that built our city.  Diversity and inclusion have not always been easy but this variety of cultural pioneers built the “themelia” (Greek for  foundation…) of Vancouver.  When you visit our  city, you visit the richness of human spirit manifested in every part of the city, even the downtown Eastside where life flows in a different rythym…. a rythym that is recognizable in every country and city.  Life flourishes here in a different way  and many dedicated Canadian people and organizations commit themselves  to  creating life quality and dignity for all of it’s residents…being the change they want to see.  Travel writers emphasize the exciting qualities of cities they visit…I live in Vancouver and when I travel and return I am present to the beauty and amazing life this province has bestowed upon me and my family.  I can walk by the ocean, saunter down a tranquil forest, ski in the mountains, experience cultural traditions, have coffee in a quaint tucked away coffee shop and discover something new about my city everyday…either walking distance, a skytrain stop, a ferry ride away and the adventure unfolds as little or as much of it I want to experience.  I will be posting places I love and recommend around Vancouver.  I know that you will enjoy your visit to Vancouver and as you ride the Gondola in Whistler looking out at the serene wildness of Vancouver’s mountain oasis  or stroll through a  mystical Stanley Park trail   you will understand why Eleni sent you to Vancouver…

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