I rode around West Vancouver on a sunny Sunday, and drew two very different views. The first is of the Grebe Islets, two little rocky islands off Klootchman Park. They are normally good bird-watching spots, but an eagle was sitting on one of them, scaring off everything except a few amorous geese, annoyed crows and nervous surf scoters. There were basking seals and a cruising sealion. There are also some amazing houses along the rocky shoreline. They make you wonder how people get there, physically and also financially.
Then I stopped by an area of apartments near Ambleside. One is widely known as the Pink Palace. The other - the Turquoise Terraces? They are mid-1960's vintage on prime oceanfront real estate, and I'm sure they were the height of chic when they were built. Then, I'm equally sure, they were the depths of tackiness for a while. But now they are retro, so they are undoubtedly fashionable again. For me, I'm just glad to see anything that isn't a cold concrete-and-glass condo block.