|Saturday, 02 October 2004 00:00|
Today seemed like a perfect day to go to White Rock, a small community on the coast south of Vancouver, which we had visited last in May and with the fantastic weather we are having, we were due for a return visit. Once we had parked the car, we walked along the seaside promenade, which runs along Marine Drive connecting West Beach to East Beach. It covers roughly 2.5 kms. in one direction and offers a beautiful view of the ocean and the snow capped Olympic Mountains in the distance. There were people laying on the beach, children playing in the water as well as motorcycle and convertible car enthusiasts cruising along the drive and it was hard to fathom that it was October 2.
We watched with amusement as a bridal party produced live entertainment with their poses for their photographer and then we wandered along the street to find a restaurant. It's not that there is a shortage of restaurants in White Rock; it was more that we had so many to choose from, finding the right one was difficult. We settled on the Pearl, a quaint little restaurant with a cosy outdoor patio and a clever menu incorporating some wonderful seafood dishes and some unique salads.
After dinner we stopped at a gelato shop for a sweet treat and experienced the best gelato we have had yet. The owner, originally from Italy has lived here for 8 years and he and his South American wife, make it fresh every day themselves. It turns out that he is also a documentary filmmaker and has travelled all over the world making films. We wanted to ask him how and why he ended up living here after having spent so much time seeing so much of the world but suddenly the place was full and he was up to his elbows in gelato. We decided it is a conversation that we will have to take up on another visit; he was too busy now so we left enjoying our dessert.