Elliot, Elliot, Elliot… boy did you pull one on us…
Seems you’ve been keeping secrets from us, but boy are we glad you did. Man, what a surprise…
So, 3 months ago, back when we were still in Calgary, Elliot comes up to us and says, “Hey dudes… I got a little something in store for you guys once we get into Vancouver—not gonna tell you what it is, but you’re gonna love it. That’s all I’m gonna say”.
The time comes for us to fly over, we land, we step out of YVR (Vancouver International Airport), we arrive at our new home, we start unpacking, we finish unpacking, we go to bed, a day goes by, weeks go by, months go by… nothing.
Elliot…!!! I confronted him the other a little while ago and reminded him about what he said. First, he told me to RELAX and that there was a change in plans, but that he hasn’t forgotten about it. Then he told me not to get my panties in a bunch—thanks dude. He told me to hang tight. And so I did…
A little more time went by, and yesterday it happened.
Elliot had arranged for an awesome day to hang out all over Vancouver with a fancy shmancy limo and chauffeur to drive us around. It was awesome!
The one we got looked a lot like the white one in the picture below:
The original plan was to have us picked up at the airport and make our arrival into Vancouver super stylish—but some hiccups happened with another company and he had to find another company to book with. We had such a blast yesterday. It was probably good that he had to find another company because the last company’s service was apparently atrocious. The company he ended up with was VanCity Limos who were simply fantastic! We were all so impressed by their service, and professionalism. If I remember, I’m going to write a yelp or google review after writing this post. Yes, they were that good. I mean, who takes the time to write a good review for a limo company?
They’ve got a pretty sweet video too:
Anyway, we got up early and the second we stepped out, our limousine guy was outside waiting for us. Greg, our super classy chauffeur was definitely dressed to impress and looked super spiffy next to the limo, which was a stretch SUV. He opened the door for us and we all hopped in. First stop?—the seawall. Elliot had made a lunch reservation at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, but scheduled us for a good start to our day with some exercise—a few rounds around the seawall.
The limo interior was awesome. It was funny that we were in our exercise gear too. We popped open some champagne and did a couple toasts on our way to the sea wall. There was even a big flatscreen TV inside. When we got down to Georgia, Lucas had to stand up out of the sunroof. Logan got up right behind him and had a little “Titanic” moment.
Once we arrived at the seawall, our chauffeur Greg hopped out to open the limousine doors for us. We rented some bikes for all of us (even our driver Greg) and did a couple rounds around the seawall. Amazing weather and a breath-taking view. Greg didn’t want to join us at first, but we hit it off pretty well during the limo ride and we were able to convince him to come with us. Greg totally loved it.
Next stop was the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for lunch. I thought it was the Fairmont Hotel right by Vancouver Airport (YVR), but it was actually in downtown. I guess they have a couple branches.
How was the food you ask? The food was crazy good. We had some lobster, soups, pastas and cakes… it not only tasted incredible, it was also really nutritious and healthy—amazing that you can have both in a meal. We read later on after our meal that all their food is made gluten-free, organic ingredients, super nutritious and delicious. Every dish they have is perfect for anyone with diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure. Glad none of us have to worry about that stuff just yet, but nice to know that we were getting healthy food anyway.
After we had an awesome lunch, we got back in our SUV stretch limo, which we named Charlie, and headed for the Vancouver Art Gallery. It was packed when we went. I think they had some special event or some big shot person was visiting. I love looking at interesting modern sculptures, although I’m not too big on art or follow it too closely. We saw this huge whale made out of lawn chairs—pretty sweet. We spent about an hour and a half there.
We met Greg back outside the gallery, got back into the limo and decided to check out Science World—that gigantic glass ball that we see in so many Vancouver photos.
It was neat to actually get a look inside the place. It was a little more for kids than we had expected, but it was still pretty entertaining. We checked out a lot of the exhibits (the animal section was my favourite) and then we watched and IMAX show. Loved the IMAX show. We got perfect seats at the top middle and the screen covers almost your entire field of vision. Awesome… loved it. Highly recommended.
There wasn’t much to see after that so we went… BACK TO THE LIMO!
It really is something else to cruise around town in your own private limo for the day. I think everyone should try it some day.
By the time we left it was time for dinner. We went for an early dinner because Elliot got us some tickets to the Canucks game that night as well. For dinner, we went to Le Crocodile for some tasty french food. Man, do french people have good taste…
Between Fairmont Hotel (lunch) and Le Crocodile (dinner), I’d say Le Crocodile was one of the best meals of my life, hands down. Logan the Bear actually preferred his pasta at Fairmont, but c’mon… we’re talking about the Bear here. haha…
After dinner, we arrived at the game in our fancy limousine and caught a bit of attention with a lot of head-turning. We even had a couple people ask who we were, as if we were some big shot celebrities or something. We just said we’re 5 super cool dudes from downtown Calgary. We got some weird reactions from that, but whatever, haha…
The game was awesome—the Canucks won 3 to 2. A great win to a perfect day.
Gotta hand it to you, Elliot. That was quite the surprise and one that won’t be forgotten any time soon. You really know how to plan fun days. Looking forward to next week…? Haha… just kidding. Maybe next month then. Yes? Maybe we can do a stretch Rolls Royce limo next month—c’mon it’s Bear’s birthday next month. He’s going to be crushed if you don’t.