The Winter Olympics are being held between Feb. 12 and 28, 2010 in Vancouver and Whistler. The road closures in Vancouver begin on Nov. 1 when a section of 1st Avenue will be closed so that the area around the Olympic Village can be ‘secured.’

The 2010 Winter Olympic organizers are hoping to eliminate 30% of all vehicle trips in Vancouver’s downtown core, across the bridges to the North Shore, and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway towards Whistler. As a permit will be required to park at Whistler during the Olympics, ticket holders for events at Whistler will have to book a seat on an Olympic bus, which become available on Nov. 24 and will cost $25 from its various start points in Greater Vancouver (see Vanoc website for details). Tickets for the shorter trip to Cypress Mountain on the North Shore will cost $12.

julian200Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734