Best of Instagram: June

Summer started early and has been going strong ever since. We haven’t had rain in weeks and after enjoying warm summer nights and beach days, Vancouver now sees a backlash of the dry and hot weather in May and June: Since Friday evening a thick smoke cloud could be spotted over Downtown and around the local mountains. Various growing wildfires outside of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, around Pemberton and in Kelowna in the Okanagan region are the cause of the grey fog that is getting thicker by the day. An air quality advisory has been released today for Metro Vancouver and evacuations in the affected regions are underway. The sun is blocked by the haze and rain or a change of weather is not in sight. Hopefully July will bring more rain, less fires and relief for the land.

Here’s my recap of a beautiful June, let’s hope summer can become safe and enjoyable for everyone in BC again soon.

During a beach walk below Point Grey Road I discovered this beautiful Mural by local artist Ola Volo. Check her work out here.

I am overjoyed to see that my beloved “Radler” has become a staple in the stores. Having a Stiegl brings back Vienna memories. Now we just need to introduce Almdudler, Tegernseer Helles and Aperol Spritz to the shelves.

MEC is not only a great place to shop outdoor gear, they also offer running clinics, bike events and  SUP intro courses. For only $15 (which is less than any rental place in town), you get an hour and a half training on the water, including the board. Find all upcoming events here.

Third Beach is one of my all time favourite biking destinations. Last time it involved two flat tires, but it was still worth this view.

Another favourite is Trafalger Beach, a great option for less crowded sunset dinners.

Best Of Instagram: November

November was a very exciting month – wrapping up work projects, getting ready to head out of town to get married, spending weekends in class and…enjoying some spectacular cold days in the sun! This weekend, my Canadian and I are heading to my “Heimat” Germany. As well as Munich we will visit Bamberg, Vienna and Budapest. Stay tuned for snaps and stories from Europe. Happy Glühwein-Season and see you in 2015, Vancouver!

Mayne Island was the second Gulf island I got to check out (next to Salt Spring) and I loved it. Especially the Japanese Garden and the Springwater Lodge were worth the rough ferry trip.

The view of English Bay on a blue bird day is hard to beat. This shot was taken on the afternoon of Remembrance Day.

Running in this city rules. Passing by tourist sights, running to the sound of crashing waves and stretching at the beach makes me grateful to live here, year-round. And grateful for gloves.

Somehow we managed to get our German wedding organized from afar. On top of work and school it was a challenge at times, but we even found the time and patience to make our very own, handmade invitations.

Early December we got hit by snow. It didn’t last for very long but seeing our doodley dog go nuts in the powder was very much worth the grey mud we had to wade through for the rest of the week.

Best of Instagram: October

I can’t believe it is November already. Last winter I expected snow and ice in Vancouver. People fly out to the “Great White North” from all over the world to go skiing, I thought. Now I know better. While there is snow on the mountains, the city gets rain and grey skies, but snow – hell no! I don’t mind as long as there is enough snow for wintersports in the mountains and fun events happening in the city. And there are plenty: The Vancouver Christmas Market is a favourite (starting on November 22nd), christmas shopping at Circle Craft awaits (opening on November 11th) and the VanDusen Festival of Lights is coming up (starting on 10th of December). And my trip to Germany, Austria and Hungary in December is getting close too!

In the meantime, here are some snaps to remember a beautiful October:

Stanley Park at it’s best. The sunny days in October brought back memories of the amazing summer we had.

Seattle is just a short train ride away from Vancouver. I love this city for many reasons – the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition and the retro-cool Space Needle are two of them.

Vancouver’s Public Art was fun in the sunshine. Now the Biennale installations bring colour to grey days. The “Love your beans” Installation at Charleson Park is one of my favourites. Watching people climbing the beans has become a favourite spectator sport on the seawall.

You know it is fall when the historic Sylvia Hotel is turning red.

My second trip to Seattle was complete with a visit to the amazing Seattle Art Museum. The current exhibitions are worth a visit. I love spending all day in the museum…

November started with a sunny morning, perfect to get some fresh air after a long Halloween night and enjoy the last fall colours at Queen Elizabeth Park.