[ Gastown] Water Street & Cheesecake

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So a visit to the Gastown in a  must when you visit Vancouver/. It was one of the earliest areas to develop in Vancouver and it sits right next to the most western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Many of the old buildings from the early 1900s are still around. When you walk down the street, you might.. (continue reading..)

Gastown 是溫哥華最早發展的區之一 (兩百多年歷史吧), 它就位於以前太平洋中央火車站旁. 也就是 1900 年初期橫跨加拿大的火車最西邊的停靠站 / 終點,  這邊的建築許多很舊的老式建築, 乍看像有點像倫敦, 又有點像紐約街頭,  現在看, 老實說…


… 比我之前在這時蕭條了許多, 一條應該滿滿都是店的老街, 沒有很多店, 不過還滿多家飾或是有點設計感的店面.

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… find some resemblance of New York & London.

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今天當個觀光客,看大家一定會來看的蒸汽鐘. 這鐘特別的不只是它的造型 (當時算新穎). 它的歷史也不長 (1977 到現在), 不過它是少數現在還能正常報時和運作的蒸汽鐘, 製造這個鐘的人, 也有做放在日本北海道小樽的蒸汽鐘喔!
This is one of the must-visit tourist stop – the old steam clock in Gastown. Actually this steam clock is not that old  (since 1977 ) but it is one of the few remaining ones that still work. The maker of this steam clock , a Canadian, also have been installed in Otaru Hokkaido. If you know of that city, or rather a nice small town, you’d know its rich history in something similiar but also very interesting.

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本來要到很久沒來吃的 Gastown Guu 日本料理店, 結果走到門口才看到它關門大吉了…只好到附近找間價格不是太誇張的餐廳.
We were going to the Gastown Guu Japanese Restaurant but found that it was closed!!! so we searched for a more reasonably priced restaurant nearby.

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Water Street Cafe 就在老蒸汽鐘的對面, 裡面的空間還滿大的, 料理也是還 ok
The Water Street Cafe was right across from the old steam clock. It’s pretty spacious inside and the food was ok.

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但飲料還是不要亂點, 這個應該是Champagne 調酒的東西完全沒有 Champagne 味, 反而像是感冒糖漿… 這個飲料是炸彈! 而且還不算便宜.
But it’d probably be safer to stick to the standard drinks. Ordered this “Champagne cocktail" that tasted and looked nothing like Champagne. It was more like cough syrup and not exactly cheap either.

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主食就還 ok (我們選比較少一點的量的). 番茄義大利麵還滿好吃的, 滿滿都是小蛤的義大麵還好 only.
The main course (we ordered the smaller volume).  The spaghetti with tomato sauce was pretty good. The spaghetti with lots of small clams was just okay (a bit too much of the tiny clams).

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這算另一個 Gastown 的地標吧, 不過已經算是走到了底, 再繼續走就是往 Chinatown 去了.
This is another landmark in the area. But it’s pretty much the end. If you keep going, you’ll be heading towards the Chinatown area.

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街上粉紅到有點誇張的觀光巴士.
There were these mini double decker in pink. I think it’s a hop on hop off bus where you can take a tour around the city (mainly downtown I think).

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後來在往回走的路上我們經過了這間 Trees Organic cafe,  被門口那可口的芒果 cheesecake  & 旁邊另外 show 票選全市最好的 cheesecake 給拐了就進去!
On our way back we passed by this small cafe and was attracted by the Mango Splash and the sign that says “Voted the best cheesecake in town".

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芒果 cheese 蛋糕, 真的還滿好吃的, 裡面還有芒果果肉, 不過口感比較像是海綿蛋糕, 不像一般那種很濃愁很硬的 cheesecake, 這個算是軟&綿綿的.
The Mango Splash Cheesecake. It was pretty yummy and there were bits of mango in there. The texture was more like a sponge cake ‘though. Not the thick ones we usually see available.

Cafe 裡很悠閒的座椅.
Seats by the window in the cafe.

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Cafe 門口很特別的大燈, 很像燈籠, 但又有點水晶燈的氣質.
Outside of the Cafe. I thought those huge glassy lamps were pretty cool.

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走到了 Canada Place 看到了連港式點心都能有專屬的移動販賣車.
We walked to the Canada Place. & saw this Dim Sum kart

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Canada Place 這邊總是有停泊的阿拉斯加渡輪, 船上的乘客正在做緊急情況的演訓. 看到郵輪就又超想上郵輪的啦!天殺的, 想到我居然還曾考慮到郵輪上上班.. 不過去享受的跟和去工作的真的不能混在一起, 不然以後就沒有甚麼好玩的啦!
There are always Alaskan cruises around the Canada Place area. The passengers were onboard they were doing the emergency training before the cruiseship can sail out. How I miss the days on cruiseship!

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從 Canada Place 看出去的海景和對面的北溫哥華和西溫哥華真是心曠神怡啊.
From the Canada Place, you get a spectacular view of the mountains, the ocean and the vastness of space. Across the channel/inlet is North Vancouver.

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走回飯店了路上看到這建築居然是用文字裝飾, 還滿有意思的.
On our way back to the hotel, we saw this interesting modern building that has “words" to decorate its exterior.

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