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So I just got back from Banff (Actually it was a few hours ago, but I was tired) and I thought I would post some photos from my trip for anyone who is interested in seeing 'em. Since Banff is in the middle of the Rockie Mountains, the view is pretty amazing. We also stayed in a 4 and a half star hotel, which was gorgeous! Pictures of that later~
Before I start though, I should explain what and where Banff is (Smart readers will already have picked up on a clue or two of where it is!). Banff is a resort town, so basically a town that is based entirely around tourism more or less. Its nestled in the Canadian Rockie Mountains ( Gorgeous!) and is one of Canada's most popular tourist spots, there is always a ton of Japanese tourists visiting during the summer, and during the winter all the Australians come out to go skiing and snowboarding.
Banff is actually in one of the many national parks in the mountains, which is cool, all that unspoiled land makes for a great backdrop for photos =P What else is cool about the place... Its the second highest town in Canada? Thats pretty cool. Mountain air is refreshing!
Alright! On with some cool photos!
You might have noticed the water being all blue and stuff, this is because the water is glacier runoff from the other mountains. Its very pretty to look at, but also really cold =P
Heres another shot from the right side of the bridge facing towards the town, lots and lots of traffic even though the long weekend had just ended. People sure love to jaywalk even even though there is a million crosswalks.
So instead of checking out the town first, I wanted to check out the government building, it has a ton of flowers and was super nice looking. I took the previous photo of the bridge from just inside this property (You can see the gate and fence that surrounds the area in it).
Heres a few more to check out if you like, the fountain was pretty nice.
Also, the colour filtering option on the camera is totally crazy, look how artsy this picture is! ARTSY.
Here is what the building actually looks like, its all cool and whatnot!
So after we finished checking out the flowers and stuff, it was finally 4pm and we could go check-in at the hotel. Seriously 4pm check-in... those fuckin' punks.
So I didn't get any shots of the outside of the hotel partially because I forgot, and partially because the hotel is on the edge of a giant cliff half way up a mountain, so enjoy the above googled photo! The place is called the "Rimrock Resort Hotel", its 4 and a half stars and super fancy (Read: Expensive). Thats actually a lie, it wasn't too expensive since we used Hotwire (Save a lot of money on hotels, but you don't know what hotel you get until you purchase the room. The hotels sell the extra rooms cheaper than normal, so they have to be unlisted. Its all fancyness).
Since the hotel is built on a cliff up a mountain, the hotel's lobby is actually located on the 7th floor, which is really strange and easy to forget when you are using the elevators.
A couple lobby shots, the inside is insanely fancy and they even had a grand piano nearby, It made me wish that I could play the piano so I could have dazzled people with my musical powers. One day I'll learn to play Piano... One day.
Two more pictures for anyone wanting to see what the lobby looks like a bit better.
I like this photo because you would assume it was taken from the ground looking up towards the building, but its actually taken from the 7th floor balcony looking towards the ground. The plant was on the balcony =P
Took this shot from inside the elevator, its all shiny and reflective. I guess its brass or something, I wouldn't know but that'd be my guess.
Here are two more pictures from inside the elevator, one is an advert for their in-hotel restaurant called Eden, its super fancy looking but I didn't feel like paying $70 for a meal. The other is just the facilities listing and what floor they are on. We tried to find the pool, but we never found it.
So this is the room we stayed in, its quite nice and I wish I could have spent some more time in it, but we were pretty busy. The room had 2 beds which felt like a waste since we only needed one, but oh well, thats the room they gave us =P
This is the view from the window, a surprisingly great view considering we had one of the cheaper rooms.
And the bathroom... It was nice and had a full bath, although It took me forever to figure out how the faucet for the tub worked when I wanted to have a shower. You would think that itd be some form of turn and/or pull system, and it appeared to be, but it was actually some sinister trick or something. When I finally got hot water, it was too hot... ugh. I must be retarded.
So thats prettymuch all the photos from the hotel I stayed at, however I totally need to show you guys the Fairmont Hotel in Banff. I was really hoping that I would get to stay there but hotwire had other plans for me. The Fairmont is so gorgeous!
I love the way the Fairmont looks, but apparently not all of the rooms are air conditioned and I need AC in a hotel. As soon as I got to my hotel room I turned it down as low as it could go (Which was 17C for anyone wondering, still a few degrees warmer than I prefer, but manageable).
Heres a professional-ass shot for you punks who don't like my drive-by camera skills. I didn't want to stop and get out to get a better picture since that would make me seem totally lame.
As nice as this Fairmont hotel is, theres actually an even nicer one a little ways away at Lake Louise, but that place is mostly a winter resort. Heres what it looks like though:
Look at how blue that water is! Looks like a huge pool doesn't it. The water really is that blue in real life too, its really amazing to see.
This blog is getting really really long, I probably should have made it a 2 parter, but the first one would have been all substance and the second part would be mostly random stuff, Plus I probably would have gotten lazy and played Starcraft 2 all week. Lets finish this now! The silly and hilarious shit is coming now! Feel free to take a break here, but come back, its gonna be awesome.
Alright, so we came across these rapids just outside of Banff, and they were pretty awesome so I took some pictures. There was a path all along the side so you could walk along it and look at the different parts of the rapids. It was neat.
This shot sucks, but it shows where they start, well actually, where they end. But its where we started. The spot shown above is actually fucking insane, the picture doesn't do it justice, but these ones do.
I remembered I had some video recorded, so I threw those in too! =)
So when I finally got a chance to wander around the town, I found some pretty awesome shit. I'll share that here. I left it for the end to better establish a narrative in my blog. Also anyone still reading will enjoy this part the most! *Evil Smile*.
First up, is this famous candy store called "Welch's", I immediately thought of Star Ocean, but there was no crazy girl with a hand wand inside sadly. There was however, A LOT of candy. They sell a ton of different sweets which are really hard to find or not available in Canada. They also have a ton of candy that isn't made anymore... I have no idea where it comes from.
I ended up buying an old school looking Charleston Chew to see if it was any different from the ones I normally buy (Also my favourite chocolate bar by the way), Some german or something chocolate called "Schogetten" It was super creamy and delicious milk chocolate, I also bought a Yorkie since I've never tried one before and their "It's NOT for girls" slogan thing on the bar made me laugh.
I also bought a half a pound of those lego candy bricks, they don't taste particularly great, but you can totally build things with them! Loved them as a kid. Heres what they look like for anyone missing out:
The other thing I bought was a bag of Mini (More like TINY) Jawbreakers, they are about a quarter inch in diameter and I have like 200+ of them. They are really great and amusing looking. Heres a picture!
So thats it for the Candy Store. Next, and most awesomely, was this famous Ice Cream place called "Cow's".
I had already started into the candy on the way there, so I decided to not get an icecream, that and the line was insane. However, they sell a ton of custom made novelty t-shirts which are totally hilarious. I took a picture of all the best ones I saw, I wish I had had some money left to buy some of them though. Anyways, look through them all! They are amazing!
I put my favourite 3 at the end, but they are all pretty amazing =P I really want to buy most of those.
OK! And now for a few random funny pictures I took along the way that made me laugh.
A car had this pretty sweet gothic tinkerbell, I dig it.
This is obviously the most classy place around. Some 'Restorante' named "guido's" on top of a McDonalds. Nice. Oh and its Leased!
I came across this little gem as well. What a perfect name for A Liquor Store!
I think that is pretty much everything from my trip that I took pictures of and is worth showing, I'll leave you guys with some pretty mountain pictures I snapped on the way back.
Thanks for reading my blog!