Summer Discoveries in Three Cities
What I learned about Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver in a whirl-wind 6-day trip.
You probably know that the famous Space Needle is located in Seattle, Washington. But a little-known fact is that Seattle is also home to the world's first automatic car wash! I thought the sign, a big pink elephant, was pretty funny! The first-ever Starbucks to open up for business is in Pike Place Market. There was a line of customers down the whole block! Getting a Starbucks in Seattle should be no problem, however, since there are 79 other stores in the city!
Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, a Canadian province. As soon as we arrived there on a ferry, I felt like I had stepped back in time. It was great to walk down the cobbled streets and look at all the old fashioned stores (like Rogers' Soda Shoppe. Yum!) Victoria, nicknamed the City of Gardens, really cares about beauty. Ocean front parks and Butchart Gardens have flowers rarely found in other parts of Canada!
The word that came to mind when I visited Vancouver was fusion. The people of Vancouver are a blend of many different cultures. That's why Vancouver has ethnic markets like Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Punjabi Market. Out of the downtown area is the beautiful Grouse Mountain looking down on the whole city. You have to take a chairlift called the Sky Ride to get to the mountain top, which is at an elevation of about 4,000 feet. There's also a suspension bridge over a breathtaking waterfall in Lynn Canyon that was fun to walk across!
Back home in California, I'm making a collage from all my saved tickets, brochures, and photos. Little keepsakes from a super trip!
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Anjali Bhat on the suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon in Vancouver, BC. Photo Courtesy Anjali Bhat