Holding a Gold Medal is Worth the Wait…..

For the first time at any Olympic Games, spectators are being given the once in a lifetime opportunity to touch an Olympic Medal. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are on display at the hugely popular Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion, which is shutting its doors on Sunday at 10.00pm. Located at the corner of Granville and Pender Streets, this Pavilion has consistently had the longest line ups in the city. I waited 5 hours today. By the time we had left at 1.00pm, the line up was about 7 hours. This is not unusual for this Pavilion. But, the 5 hours was totally worth it – I held a Gold Medal today. So cool.

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Holding a Gold Medal is Worth the Wait…..

Bell Ice Cube – Timing is Key!

Another spectacular day in Vancouver. Honestly, it is so beautiful here right now. Mild, sunny…. Amazing.

Today, I headed downtown to check out the Bell Ice Cube. Located on Robson Street by Beatty, it should not be confused with the fancier and exclusive Bell Hospitality Suite, which is pretty much right next door. There is no admission to the Pavilion  – free!

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Bell Ice Cube – Timing is Key!

Holland Heineken House – the Party Place of 2010?

At every Olympic Games, there is always one House or Pavilion that has the unofficial honour of being named *the* party house of the Games.  In 2008 in Beijing, it  was Holland’s Heineken House. Less than one week into the 2010 Vancouver Games, and I am fairly confident in declaring that this reputation will remain intact.

The one downside for this downtown girl is it’s location – It is out at the Richmond O-Zone. Granted, that is only a short ride on the fantastic Canada Line. But the last Canada Line is reportedly before 1.00am and the House is open until 2.00am. Planning Fail. Someone should have thought of that. Free entry makes up for the location though!

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Holland Heineken House – the Party Place of 2010?

Saxony House – Shining Bright in Stanley Park

Speaking from personal experience, I can attest to the fact that The Vancouver Rowing Club is well known for throwing a good party. Combine that with the good folks running Saxony House and I suspect that this will be one of the more memorable country Houses during the Games. Located just outside of Stanley Park, it is a little bit away from the main action of the city, but that can definitely be a good thing! While some have waited for hours to get into a few of the Houses and Pavilions, we only stood in line for 25-30 minutes to get in tonight.

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Saxony House – Shining Bright in Stanley Park