December 2, 2013 • TravelVancouver

i promised you a list of my favorite places in vancouver’s gastown, and here you have them. we really loved this cozy neighborhood, and took an entire day to discover its many shops, cocktail bars and restaurants.

 old faithful shop was the perfect place to pick up local souvenirs and typical american ‘general store items’, or – as i like to call them – ‘things you didn’t know you absolutely needed.’

the best espresso i had in vancouver was at revolver, and it was a really nice place for it, too. it gets super crowded, but if you manage to grab a table on the side or a seat at the window, the people watching will be worth it.

i’ve been reading inventory magazine religiously ever since it came out, so a visit to their flagship store was high on my list of to do’s. the shop did not disappoint, with a great selection of men’s clothing and accessories and some knick-knacks and magazines that were so hard to leave behind.

finally, nelson the seagull was our favorite spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch. it was a cozy place to hide from the rain, and the granola was pretty good.

all photos by stephanie duval


November 21, 2013 • TravelVancouver

oh, vancouver. ever since we got back from our honeymoon, i’ve been telling everyone and their mothers about how vancouver is the perfect mix between new york’s cosmopolitan vibe and geneva’s clean and sophisticated atmosphere. it felt like a big city, but vancouver’s size is much more manageable than that of the big american cities. and besides its cosy corners and lovely boutiques in gastown, we absolutely loved vancouver’s proximity to overwhelmingly beautiful nature.

we’ve been living in geneva long enough to appreciate this, so we ventured out on bikes to circle stanley park, and we took a free shuttle bus to capilano river region park to take a walk through the rain forest and wobble over its suspension bridge. i even indulged my newly minted husband in a waterplane ride that quite possibly scarred me for life, but in the end was worth it for the unbelievable vistas over the city and its surrounding nature. unfortunately our whale spotting boat ride was canceled because of weather conditions, or else we would have been the perfect vancouver tourists.

next week i’ll share my favorite places in gastown, if you like.


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