Bon Voyage

Last Friday, David and I went on a photo walk in Vancouver, British Columbia. It has been many years since I last went there. Not that I don’t like the city — personally, I think Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. I used to take my kids there all the time. However, since the September 11 attack; the hassles I would get at the border made the trip less desirable.  So… I was very happy that on this trip, David and I got through the border without having to get out of the car.

While the city is still as beautiful looking as ever, we were both shocked at the prices of all the rides and attractions — everything was between 40 to 50 dollars per person. So… we decided to just walk within the interesting parts of the city instead.

One of the most popular attractions in the city is probably the Canada Place — best known for its white sails on the roof and as the port for majestic cruise ships.

I have never seen a cruise ship this close before and the enormity of the ship was mind-boggling. When I see structures such as this ship, it never ceases to amaze me the things we can create for entertainment. From my estimation, the ship was at least 6 stories high and it seems each room has its own outside patio regardless of class status. (thoughts of the movie Titanic came to my mind about the segregation people used to have on class status) I’m sure the inside of the ship has all the comforts and extravagant living fit for the royalty.

And judging from all the food supplies that were being loaded on to the ship with a large crane, there’s no need to worry about food shortage.

Bon Voyage!

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16 Comments on “Bon Voyage

    • I enjoy the challenges of b&w conversions. Often times, I find it useful to turn an “okay” photo into something more dramatic — especially when the image is busy or has a lot of different details. Thanks for the compliment Nigel. 🙂

  1. Wonderful images, they look very good in black and white! Yes, cuise ships are massive, and some are incredibly luxurious. It looks like it was a fun day of shooting and those clouds are pretty cool for texture against the smoothness of the ship. Very nice images!

    • Thanks Jonathon. Personally, I like black & white more than color. As luxurious as these ships may be — the idea of being stuck on a ship with thousands of people floating about the ocean doesn’t really excite me. Although, being able to stop at different ports to take pictures… now, I might go on a cruise just for that. 🙂

    • They are massive. And just thinking about getting around without being lost… would be a nightmare for me. I’m not really good with directions. Sometimes, I even get lost at the mall. 😉

    • I’m sure it has all the comfort and luxury one could ask for. I knew someone who took a 15 days cruise around the Mediterranean — now that would be a very interesting cruise to take. All those photo opportunities… 😀

  2. Emily, love the look of these photos. Cruise ships fascinate me. How can something so huge float in water. Your color gives them a great feel. Lucky you can do photowalks with fellow bloggers. Sounds like a great time!

    • I know… isn’t fascinating how something so massive can float. It’s amazing what the human minds can come up with.
      It’ always fun to go on a photowalk with other bloggers. Too bad you live so far, it would be great to have you join us. 🙂

  3. I like the shots, and I like that you did them in black and white. Sounds like a good trip and a relaxing day.

  4. Wow! It’s huge.. I am not a person to want to be in water on a ship that big. Watching waves is nice. LOl! Very nice photos..Emily! Prices are out of control but at least we can enjoy with our cameras.

    • Personally, I wouldn’t want to be with so many people even if the ship is huge. But… I hear it’s a good way to see many places so I might put up with the crowd just for that reason. I know it has been a while since I last visited Vancouver but… geesh… the prices. Everything pretty much doubled and trippled in price. I guess being the host of 2010 Olympics made everything expensive. But you are right… we can at least enjoy the city with our cameras. 🙂

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