Day 11—Kootenay and Canmore

After a lovely night in Windermere, we drove through British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park en route to Canmore, Alberta.

Young bighorn sheep…

Paint Pots Trail…

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Marble Canyon

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Arrived in Canmore (near Banff National Park)!

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View from dinner at the Iron Goat Pub & Grill…

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View from our motel room…

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Day 10—Driving to Windermere, BC

Starting in Glacier, stopping in Whitefish for a yummy meal!

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Crossed into Canada!!

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New Year’s Eve 2013!

Lazy day – settling into our rented apartment in Vienna :)

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Finally went outside and attempted to find a place for dinner on New Year’s Eve… managed to find some wine!

And WiFi, which—funny story—we don’t get in the apartment we rented specifically for WiFi…!

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Wandered back toward the apartment and stumbled across this lovely little place!

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Dark wood furniture is kind of my dream…

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Back at home watching the local fireworks out our window and popping open some champagne at midnight :)

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Participating in some sort of European new year tradition, where you melt down some lead, dump it in cold water, and read its shape as an indicator for your upcoming year!

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Happy new year everyone!

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The Melt

For Carrie’s birthday, we tried The Melt at the Stanford Shopping Center.  Their offerings are pretty much different combinations of grilled cheese sandwiches and soups.

I loved watching our order status on the Order Board!

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Simple yet wonderfully tasty.
Whole wheat bread, 2 types of cheese, tomato; with corn tortilla soup.

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Chinese Bistros

Went home to hang out with my parents.  We had lunch at a typical Chinese “café” or “bistro” in the area.  This restaurant used to be called Broadway Bistro, but has since been reopened under a new name (too hard to keep track!).  The restaurant is fairly similar. 

One big difference: instead of serving water or hot tea when you sit down, they give you a cup of complimentary pearl milk tea (i.e. boba)!  I personally have never seen a place do this, and I sure hope it catches on.  :)

Oh yea, they also have crocodile meat on their menu!

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