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An image full of natural triangles and triangular relationships but really I just wanted to share this place..

A sunny day at Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, behind us a park with kids playing and the residential streets of the area. A Chinese woman net fishes with her husband off the beach - apart from the high rise apartments in the background this could be an entirely rural scene but the reality is that across the park and Burrard Bridge to these high rises puts you in downtown Vancouver - we are a stones throw from the centre of the city.

The line of trees across English Bay are the remnants of the Pacific rainforest on which the city is built - this is the famous Stanley Park - beyond are the coastal mountains and off to the right the mountain playground of city dwellers, Grouse Mountain - on a day like this we could lay on the beach in swimwear, buy a hat in Sears and Robuck and be up the mountain skiing in just over an hour......

To the left the outer edges of North Van (or West Van as they call it) spreads up another mountainside.

People talk about the quality of life here as if they haven't experienced anything much of value elsewhere.....well I'm exagerating maybe.....but people really do seem to value life and each other here in ways I've not seen so prevelant elsewhere.

After our first few days in downtown Vancouver staying at Kitsilano gave a very different view of the city - a cross over between our time on the Sunshine Coast and Campbell River. With views like this a stones throw from a city of three million people (Greater Vancouver) no wonder people rate this as one of the most beautiful (modern) cities on the planet.

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