Day 1 – Vancouver/ Alaska vacation

My cousins decided to take an Alaskan cruise this summer and invited us to join them. We were extremely excited at the idea because Alaska was on our bucket list. Further, we love the city of Vancouver. The cruise departs from Vancouver BC on July 4 and stops at Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.

Our flight out of LAX was slightly delayed. Fortunately, the flight was smooth and after a snooze, we landed in Vancouver.

Unlike LAX, the Vancouver airport is a transformative experience. Travelers enter a simulated rain forest on their way to baggage claim.

Directly outside the airport is the Canada Line station. It was easy to purchase tickets from their kiosk (only $7.00 each) and we boarded the train without having to wait.

We met up with my cousins at our hotel and being that they are also foodies, we were looking forward to some of our upcoming culinary experiences. “Guu”, a Japanese Izakaya restaurant, was suggested and quickly agreed to by everyone.

Like a true Izakaya restaurant, Guu provided small plates that are meant to be shared. Each of us ordered something that was to our liking. Because I was rather warm from the walk, I ordered a large Sapporo.

The beverages arrived quickly and everyone had a good laugh at the size of my beer. The plates were served one at a time and were passed around the table – Pork Belly, BBQ Squid, Karaage Chicken, Calamari and Yaki Udon. Of everything that was served, I think my favorites were the Karaage Chicken and the Miso Black Cod. The chicken was crisp on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. The black cod was obviously marinated in a miso mixture for quite a while as the flavor had completely permeated the fish.




On the way to the restaurant, we saw a huge line in front of Bella Gelateria. Figuring the locals know best, we joined the line. Fortunately, the wait wasn’t too long and we were soon able to see the different flavors available. To make your purchase, they only want to know the size. After that someone else takes over and provides you the flavor(s) of your choosing. This model is probably not ideal for the indecisive individual because you don’t have to select the flavor at the time of purchase.

The line in front of Bella Gelateria
The line in front of Bella Gelateria


My blueberry blast was quite flavorful and it was accentuated with real blueberries. My wife ordered the two flavor cup – chocolate banana and banana bread. I guess she was in the mood for bananas. She loved the chocolate banana gelato.

We said good night to everyone as the elevator reached out floor. Tomorrow will be another adventure!

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One thought on “Day 1 – Vancouver/ Alaska vacation

  1. Thank you Bryan! Looking forward to more updates and pictures! Hope you all have a marvelous time! Let me know how much spaghetti Peggy eats on the cruise. 😉

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