Ever heard of Schmap Guides? I haven't, but they've asked me if they can use this picture. That's kinda cool. This is the Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver. Not sure what kind of vine covers the building, but in the fall (this was taken in October) all the leaves turn red and it looks amazing. It sits across the street from English Bay and the property it sits on must be worth a bazillion dollars. I took this back in 2003 while taking 4 month old Connor for a walk. Hmm. Maybe I can find a picture of that too...
The street that the hotel is on is lined with giant trees... I'm not sure what kind, I could look it up, but it's 5:44am and I just don't care. Anyway, an owner of one of the luxury apartments close to the hotel decided she didn't like the way these trees (which are on city property) blocked her view of the water so she poisoned one of them. Luckily she was caught, publicly humiliated and fined heavily for it. Personally, I think she should have been hung from the tree in an cage, medieval style, but that's just the romantic in me.
PS. The tree lived