La belle Canadienne

This is Irina Apostu, we've known each other from high school and she is one of the most cheerful people I have ever known. After a decade and a half of silence, I've discovered that she is now a very happy Canadienne. She is absolutely in love with the city she lives in, so in love with Vancouver that she wrote a fascinating book about it, destined to those who wish to discover its countless beauties. Here is a short interview with the author of Touristic Vancouver - 50 Amazing Attractions in the Vancouver Area.
- How did Canada get to conquer the heart of an European?
Initially for me, Canada meant harsh winters and a lot of French.Then I discovered Vancouver and all of a sudden everything changed totally....all I wanted to do was to come and live here, to "breath" Vancouver, to become a Vancouverite.
- What determined you to write this tourist book?
Being passionate about the city, I have gathered lots of information and beautiful photos along the time, so probably in my head I always had an idea that I would be able to do something like that. The "aha" moment came in 2012 when my father sent me a book written by him, as a birthday gift. It was a book I knew nothing about and from that moment on, I loved the idea so much, I said to myself that I really have to go for my dream and say what I had to say, share my passion with the others, let others know how amazing this city is.....after all it's been named "the most livable city in the world" for a reason, right ? :)

- What is the most romantic place in Vancouver?
Probably most people would say Stanley Park, the 400 hectare park located in the heart of the downtown Vancouver. It's really romantic, with lots of flowers and astonishing views everywhere you look around.
- What is YOUR most romantic place?
For me, as long as it has something to do with the ocean or a beautiful garden/park that would qualify as a "romantic place". But to name a few from the book: Queen Elizabeth Park, False Creek or Granville Island.
- How does your book help the occasional tourist get in touch with the real essence of the city?
I didn't want to bother the reader with boring information and I pointed out only what I thought to be of real importance, not to mention I included a lot of "crucial" photos. For example many people come to visit Vancouver while on a cruise ship; they need to know ahead what could be more important for them to see in just a short stay. 
On the other hand I find the book very useful even for people who are here to stay longer or even for those who immigrate to Vancouver. I'm proud to say that many of my Canadian friends told me I seemed to know much more about the city than they did. So you see, this is a book for anyone who'll ever set foot onto this part of Canada, be it a short stay or a lifetime :)
I need to let anyone know that the list of the "50 amazing attractions" is a collection of the most beautiful and interesting places and no one will be left behind, no matter if they come here only for the sports, the city's history, the beaches, the great parks or anything else.......all seasons, rain or shine, you'll all love the versatile Vancouver :)
Writting this book made me feel I'm giving something back because Vancouver brought so many great things to my life. In the end it's all about "what goes around comes around"
You can find Irina on her Facebook page.


Botanist said...

We loved Vancouver, too, when we first visited all those years ago. It's surprising to think that a high school friend of yours is such a near neighbor of ours!

Dixie said...

Interesting lady. I have no plans to see Vancouver, but I might purchase the book for the beautiful photos.

Thank you Petronela :)

Petro Neagu said...

Great interview, Irina was more than kind to provide so much information. One can easily tell she is a cheerful, vivacious person :)

Petro Neagu said...

Great interview, Irina was more than kind to provide so much information. One can easily tell she is a cheerful, vivacious person :)

Petro Neagu said...

Great interview, Irina was more than kind to provide so much information. One can easily tell she is a cheerful, vivacious person :)

Petro Neagu said...

Great interview, Irina was more than kind to provide so much information. One can easily tell she is a cheerful, vivacious person :)

Linda R said...

I enjoyed reading this interview. I had been to Vancouver once and it was only for a day. I would love to go back sometime. It really is a beautiful city.


Elephant's Child said...

Thank you for introducing Irina and her beautiful work to us. And a big thank you to Irina too - a wonderful interview and I love that you have discovered more about Vancouver than the locals.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Vancouver sounds like a wonderful place. I think I may have been there before..when I was 10. :p But I really don't remember.

Gina Gao said...

This is a really great interview! Vancouver is a really nice place.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

As someone who wants to travel the world, I need to now add Vancouver to my list :)

Suzanne Bean said...

This is a wonderful interview. I also lived in Vancouver, but now that I'm living back in Victoria (my home town), just across the water, I love a less busy city. I'm happy to know that your friend has found the perfect city for her. :)

Petula Wright said...

This is one of the best written author interviews that I've read. (And I'm not just saying that 'cause I like you! LOL) Loved your questions and her responses made me yearn to visit Vancouver! I haven't been to Canada since 1987!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I've heard a lot of good about Vancouver, and would love to visit there some day. It's great to be in love with the place you live.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

klahanie said...

Hi Petronela and Irina,

As somebody who is from Vancouver, I can echo the feelings and the ambience created here.

Vancouver, although becoming a big city, I hope, will always have the feel of the various communities that are so integral with the city.

Vancouver is multi-cultural, cosmopolitan place. Vancouver's China Town is the second largest in North America, second only to San Francisco.

Fascinating perspective of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and my other home.

Thanks for this. And Petronela? A question for you? Did you know I'm from Vancouver?

Be well.

Gary :)

Launna said...

Vancouver is definitely a city I want to visit... I'd love seeing the mountains and oceans so close at hand... it really is beautiful ♡

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