I'm ashamed to say this but here it goes. I never thought much about travelling through Canada for vacation. I always thought nature would bore me and oh boy was I in for a rude wild and wonderful awakening. I am so grateful for this discovery and I cannot wait to go back. Canada may not be known for glitz and glory, but it sure is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places on earth.
Stunning Jasper National Park: my favourite place in Canada!
Arriving in Vancouver meant I officially completed half of my north america road trip. I started from Montreal (east coast), drove south towards New Orleans (Louisiana) then continued onto El Paso (Texas), then San Diego (california), then drove north on the west coast, passing LA, San Jose, San Fransisco, Port land, Seattle and finally crossing the USA/Canada border into Vancouver. PS the border check point between Washington state and British Colombia is breathtaking.
I'm sorry to say this, but really, Sleepless in Seattle seemed like the most interesting thing about Seattle. During my stay, the weather was pretty much rainy/cloudy the whole time (early September of 2015), lots of construction in and around downtown area, parking impossible to find, and not too many things to do. It's definitely not worth stoping here, maybe passing through to see the Chihuly museum but more than that, I don't know. I wouldn't advise spending time & money there on a cross country road trip.
Stop # 17: Seattle
Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum
Located in the heart of Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries, lush outdoor garden and centerpiece Glasshouse visitors will experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant series of work.
Stop number 16! Where to begin! Yosemite was both a disaster and an absolute wonder!
As mentioned previously, this road trip was not planned. All activities/outings where decided on, as I came across them, including Yosemite. The day I arrived in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, I realized it was labour day weekend and most Californians if not all, were camping in Yosemite that same weekend. Needless to say, I was screwed.
I drove into Yosemite a bit after 8pm, coming from LA, I did not think it was going to be 'cold'... LOL ... what a mistake not to plan this part of the road trip! I ended up stranded, in my car, freezing! To pass the night, I searched for a hotel with secure parking lot and spent the night in the car :(
I barely slept for two hours, all the while the car engine was running because I needed heat to keep me warm. Ugh. It was horrible! Finally, at sunrise, I had had enough! I gathered myself and almost drove straight to San Jose but then decided 'Goddamn! This has got to be worth it!'...I had to check out Yosemite and see if passing a torturous night in my vehicle was the right decision to take.... that's when the trip turned wonderful ...
It's been over a year since my intense scoliosis / back pain rehabilitation and I've made it a point to enjoy all holidays, events, birthday and anything else that might come my way. After enduring so much pain for so long, I find myself living in the moment more then ever before. In fact, I understand what that statement really means now 'Live in the moment'.
This year I made sure to be home to celebrate this special day among my friends and family, so I thought I'de share it with the rest of you here since I'm a sucker for a good experience, and this past Saturday was definitely a fun and happy experience ;)
After chilling with friends in San Diego, taking in all that energy and delicious food, LA just couldn't live up to it and part of that is because I had such great hosts in SD who took time out of their busy schedules to show me around town whereas in LA, I went about it solo. An experience can be vastly different when in good company verses being alone.
Nonetheless, I did get around to few places that were an architectural wonder such as the landscaping and structure of the the Getty Museum (An art museum with the most annual visitors in the united states) an of course, Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by the one and only Frank Gehry.
Continuing from previous post...
15. Los Angelas & surrounding
European and American art, from medieval times to the present. Modern architecture design, open spaces, and breathtaking views with a central garden that is never twice the same. An experience one should seek whenever in sunny Los Angeles. One of the best parts of LA!
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