On our trip to Vancouver we stopped at Granville Island.
Granville Island is a peninsula across from downtown Vancouver; once an area of industry its been converted into a hot, urban shopping region (and to be honest, a bit of a ‘tourist-trap’)
The shops are mostly small, independent artisan and craft shops, though there’s also a large, busy and vibrant farmers market (the island also houses the Emily Carr University of Art and Design).
The day was overcast with a light rain, but the fruit stands of the farmer’s market provided some nice colour on an otherwise grey-day.
I came across an interesting bicycle, loaded to the hilt (and beyond) with all sorts of shopping bags (fifty? a hundred? maybe more??) filled with pop cans and bottles. It was hard to believe it could be ride-able with so much ‘cargo’ strapped to it. As I raised my camera to take a photo a man ran over – ‘No, please… Please don’t take a photo’. ‘It’s an interesting set-up’, I said. ‘I can’t believe how much you’ve been able to get on there’ ‘Yes’, he said. I’m doing my bit, helping to recycle. But I’d like to remain anonymous’ ‘I understand’ I said, and lowered the camera.
After an interesting day exploring the shops and their treasures we took a water taxi back to the city.