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Vancouver, Canada · Member since October 2013
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My husband Christian emigrated from France 40+ years ago, and I from Saskatchewan(LOL). We love food and wine. He is an avid cyclist; I am a recreational one. We took our first separate vacation(s) in 2013; I took our daughters then aged 16 and 19 to NYC staying in our first airbnb in the Lower East Side. He went on a cycling vacation with friends to Tucson, Arizona. For 18 years we spent two weeks in the summer cycling as a family in Whistler, renting the same cabin (pre-airbnb)and for the past 14 years Christian and I have made an annual pilgrimage in June to Yellow Point Lodge on Vancouver Island, which is a summer camp for adults (no children or pets allowed, and NO internet reception!) At YPL we practise the triathlon of eat/read/sleep/repeat interspersed with cycling the country roads, kayaking, using the tree shower on warm days, and exploring the forest.

Our most recent airbnb stays were in 2014 in Marseille, the Dordogne, and Brittany. Local bread, cheese, wine, foie gras, oysters and other shellfish = epicureal bliss.

My dream is to run a B&B in France (or the Okanagan), where Christian could organize cycling tours for people who love food and drink as much as we do.

The novel I most enjoyed recently was All the Light We Cannot See. I love NYC for the Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island ferry, TKTS, the museums, LES,the Tenement Museum,Magnolia Bakery. I love Portland for its food, craft beer, bike routes, parks, and Powell's Books. I love Seattle for its Zoo, Science Centre, SAM, Dale Chiuly (OK, Tacoma) great restaurants and great selection of wine and beer - my favourite weekend getaway, except for the exorbitant cost of parking downtown. I love my neighbourhood of Riley Park, just off Main St. I am hooked on Netflix.

Because we prefer to stay in a pied-a-terre(airbnb or VRBO) instead of a hotel while travelling for more than a weekend, and because we loved hosting homestay students for 10 years, we have decided to take the plunge and become airbnb hosts ourselves, now that our daughters have left home and we are empty nesters.