David and I met when I moved from CBC-TV Calgary, Alberta, to the Vancouver TV station, over 30 years ago. David was a senior producer in the newsroom and I was coming in as their new TV Director. Being the gracious and caring fellow that he is, David was instrumental in making me feel at home very quickly. We became life long friends as a result of our working relationship. Years later, David was appointed as the senior producer on my network TV series, "The Best Years". Living in Toronto at the time, David was responsible for producing current and public affairs stories in Eastern Canada and abroad. A solid and accomplished journalist/producer, David produced many gripping stories for our series. His Canadian broadcast journalism career also included stints with CBC-TV's flagship news program, 'The National', with Peter Mansbridge and with CBC-TV 'Newsworld'.
|L-R Jeanette, Belinda and David|
David and Belinda were on a pan Canadian holiday that would see them land in Montreal (David's home town as a boy), then to Calgary (where his brother lives) then to Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto before returning home to London, England.
They were in Vancouver these past three/four days and we managed to get together in downtown Vancouver for a great dinner out....and plenty of chat.
Downtown Vancouver Hotel - The Sylvia Hotel on English Bay - British Columbia, Canada
|We found David and Belinda at this waterfront, boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver. The Sylvia is a stunningly beautiful heritage hotel, with commanding views of Vancouver's main harbour.|
|Nearby is this Inukshuk. Clicking on the photo below will help you read about its status.|
|Although the sun would not pop out from under the low ceiling of fog, it was still fun to be in downtown Vancouver for the evening.|
|Vancouver's Burrard Street Bridge.|
|Interesting series of sculptures a block from the Sylvia Hotel.|
Suffice it to say that we burned up a lot of oxygen just catching up on their lives and sharing ours. Belinda was keenly interested in our RV'ing, snow birding, lifestyle. She saw photos of our 5th wheel and was amazed by its size. In England, caravans (trailers to us) are popular but they seldom exceed 20 - 22 feet. Compare that to a 39 foot 5th wheel? We invited them to come and join us in the US southwest this - or any future - winter.
The last time we had dinner together was five years ago when we met at the same hotel. We chose to have dinner there at the time. The meal did not disappoint.
David and Belinda commute between their London, England, flat and their seaside home in Hastings - in southeast of England. It was fun to reminisce about our work world relationship and our current positions in life.
We received a gracious invite to visit them in England and that got our travel juices going. We've been to England twice but it has been many, many years since our last foray there. It just might be an opportune time to re-think some European travel. We would especially love to motorcycle through western Europe. Something to think about!
To our blogging friends, thanks for dropping by.