We pedaled on mostly bicycle-dedicated lanes past the Convention Center East, Coal Harbour
Yaletown and along the sea walls towards Stanley Park
On foot, pushing our bikes🚲, we explored the Park’s rainfores’s trails
Later on, we boarded a ferry to reach Granville Island in time for lunch at the Public Market
then resumed our tour along False Creek and the historic neighborhood of Chinatown where we strolled in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
We had a last stop in downtown Gastown before we ended the tour, feeling grateful for the lovely weather and the knowledgeable guide who made it an awesome trip for us – wealth of information and sense of humour.
Absolutely, the best way to discover this enchanting city’s highlights in five hours.
On the Riviera Maya, while snorkeling the Great Mayan Reef, the world’s second largest coral reef, between the “butterflies of the oceans” – stingrays – I felt overwhelmed by a feeling of sadness triggered by the following thought… I realised I love all creatures except the Homo Sapiens found in my birth country: the rulers and those electing them…the greedy and corrupt as well as the ignorants and bigots who put them in power…
The maligned animals of prey hunt out of hunger, ONLY…if they were to duplicate those Homo Sapiens’ greedy and auto-destructive behaviour, many species would have been extinct by now…
After reflection, I realised I didn’t feel that way during the previous encounters with the animals in their natural habitat…
South Africa – 12 April 2009
On the contrary, I had some of the most exhilarating experiences while scuba diving in the beautiful Great Barrier Reef ( crossed paths with a white tip shark )
The Maldives – 12 July 2012
The Maldives – 10 July 2012
And in Sharm El Sheikh – 24 November 2015
Ditto on terra firma during our safari in South Africa – 11 April 2009
As well in Madagascar’s tropical rainforest – 3 May 2009
And again in the Andes mountains in Peru’sAlto Plano – 24 October 2011
And lately in the cloud forest in Carara National Park Costa Rica – 20 March 2018.
My moodiness must have been induced by the elections taking place at the time in my birth country…this charade did affect me despite the distance!