Winter Wonderland 2016

Contrary to popular belief, Canada isn’t covered with ice all year round and we don’t live in igloos. In fact, we wouldn’t be able to build any here in Vancouver, because our climate is so mild! We famously had concerns over having enough snow when we hosted the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. 😂

Having said that, we were hit with an uncharacteristic blast of winter over these past few weeks. And although it causes havoc on the roads and with transit, we were SO happy to see snow! It just gets us into holiday mode and the scenery becomes a winter wonderland!

Overlooking the river…

Minoru park was a delight to ramble through in the snow – with the pretty snow dusted chapel and the frozen lake. Definitely Christmas card worthy!

The frozen over lake…

Can you spot the natural Christmas Tree? 🎄

Not your average snow-covered trees!

Even our pets were excited for the snow and had a blast tearing through the snow!

And this year, we were hit with snow not just once but twice! Let’s just say it got us even more excited for the holiday season.

Steveston, one of our favourite places, was also ready for Christmas – with its own Christmas Tree right by the wharf.

I can never resist the water and a sunset!

Last weekend, we went to watch the Nutcracker ballet, as per tradition! It always gets us into holiday mode – with the spectacular music by Tchaikovsky, the gorgeous costumes, the dancing, the dreams of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the swirling snowflakes!

Of course, I can’t go to a ballet without taking a ballet photograph!

We couldn’t resist taking some selfies on our night out! 😏

Because we are the silliest and I wouldn’t change us for anything!

I think we make rather nice looking reindeers! 😋

And on that note…

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! We hope you all get to spend some quality time with your loved ones over the holidays!

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie

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Merry Christmas!

Last Friday, we spent the evening in Downtown Vancouver. It is lovely in the winter – with pretty lights decorating buildings and trees. Definitely not as festive as European cities, with their Christmas markets, snow and other festivities, but lovely just the same!

Lights at Pacific Centre, Vancouver

We were downtown for a performance of the Nutcracker by Goh Ballet at The Centre. It was a lovely show and I’m sure all the little children in the audience were dreaming of the Sugar Plum Fairy that night! (We were definitely dreaming of the gorgeous costumes, the wonderful music and the Sugar Plum Fairy!) I think we are going to start watching the Nutcracker every year, as a Christmas tradition!

Speaking of Christmas and since it is Christmas Eve, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. We hope you get to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones this holiday season, no matter where you are in the world. We are dreaming of a White Christmas – I guess we will have to wait and see whether that dream comes true!

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Merry Christmas everyone!
May all your wishes come true this holiday season!

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie
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A Christmas Souvenir!

When we were in Edinburgh this past October, we visited Holyrood Palace. There’ll be more to come from our visit to the palace, but this post is about a special little souvenir we got here!

There were so many tempting souvenirs in the palace gift shop – from cute, cuddly Corgi and teddy bears, to pencils with little crowns on them, to Royal bone china tea sets, which would be so lovely for tea but disastrous to bring with us while we trek through Scotland on our 10-day tour! One particular souvenir caught our eyes – this Christmas ornament!

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This is the Piper Teddy Ornament. (As of August 2016, the website no longer has this ornament in stock 😦 ) It is really cute and we thought it would be a lovely souvenir from Scotland – with the bagpipes and the tartan. We both ended up getting one and we couldn’t wait to take it out of the box and hang it on our trees! We know this is one ornament that we will be using year after year. And whenever we look at it, we’ll be reminiscing about our amazing trip to Scotland!

Hope you are all getting into the holiday spirit, wherever you are in the world! 🙂

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie
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