Saturday, August 22, 2009

Edmonton, Canada

A nephew in Edmonton was getting married so I thought it was also a good time for my wife to see parts of Canada she has not seen yet. I went to a AAA office, got myself a bunch of maps and a tour book of Canada and inquired about the cost of airfare and hotels. I was shocked when I was told that it would cost me $800 for two roundtrip tickets, LAX-Edmonton. I have seen better rates on the 'net! The agent actually said that if I am comfortable going online, I am better off doing that than booking through an agency. I did just that through Expedia and I got a roundtrip fare for two plus three nights at the hotel where the wedding reception was going to be held for $940! Since we were going to go on a road trip after the wedding, I also rented online a fullsize car with unlimited mileage for $240 per week. Not bad....not bad at all.

A mobile ATM machine!

There is a revolving restaurant at the top floor of the hotel where we were staying so my two sisters, a brother, a brother-in-law and my wife all went there for an early dinner. What food you see on the table plus a couple of beers and a liter of wine cost us $320 inclusive of tip!

I ordered monk fish

My wife ordered a medium well steak

Street market in Edmonton

A peaceful looking street in the middle of the city

That's Saskatchewan River meandering through the city

Ice skating ring inside the West Edmonton Mall, the largest mall in North America and supposed to be 5th largest in the world.

Another view inside the mall


Sidney said...

Wow! You traveled with a mobile ATM machine ;-)
Food looks good.
I am sure you enjoyed the trip!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Never seen a mobile ATM before...I guess this serves really out-of-the-way places.

the donG said...

wahhh! monk fish i like! place looks like alabang town center

Missy said...

Nowadays, it's really better to buy tickets online, it's a good deal! It's good to see Canada through your lenses, I've never been there (I wish I could hehehe). Wohooo expensive restaurant, $320???? too way expensive, but they're all look yummy though so they maybe worth the cost :-)

docgelo said...

that mobile atm machine was really something! wala nyan sa pinas, takaw carnap, lol!
and of course your plates look sublime....expensive but on the second thought, the revolving resto and the ambiance up there gave the difference.

dodong flores said...

Wow, delicious foods, nice photos, an exhilarating trip, and a mobile ATM machine for $240 per week, Hehehe...

Seriously, I like how the photo essay is presented. It's like the readers travel alongside with you...

We also have a mobile ATM machine here by United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB)...

bertn said...

Sydney,I wished LOL. I did enjoy the trip. I'm sure you did as well when you were in Europe.

The Nomadic Pinoy, never seen one either. In fact, I do not have an ATM card. I just don't see the advantage...maybe somebody can set me strait.

the DongG, the fish tasted fine! I've never been to Alabang town Center but I'll make it a point to see the place when I visit.

Missy, online is the way to go now. I learned my lessons well. I used to depend on travel agents before...I still do, but it is going to change big time.

I have more pics of Alberta coming up.

docgelo, first time I saw a mobile ATM. I don't think this will
work well in LA.

The ambience makes the difference but it still hurts the wallet LOL.

dodong flores, hahahaha, I wished I can rent a mobile ATM fully loaded with cash or travel with one. I'll look good however anybody look at me - front, side, top, bottom or eyes closed LOL.

Photo Cache said...

My friend is inviting me to come to Edmonton to see the largest mall, is it really huge?

Wow, that's an expensive meal. :)

bertN said...

Photo Cache, it is huge (largest in North America) but you don't get the feeling it is anything different than all the malls you have least, not to me.

Go see your friend and Edmonton, it is always refreshing to see a different place, no matter if it happened to be below or above your expectation.

AJ said...
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AJ said...

hi bert. glad to drop by here from my friend chard (lion) and see a blog on canada. i jst mis my bro!.

i have lots of catching up here to do. i'll see u again. rgds from dubai. more power

bertN said...

AJ, thanks for dropping by.

dodong flores said...

Hahaha! It's funny how we can think of funny things about that mobile ATM :)