Victoria, British Columbia
We awoke to the stillness of the ship. The waves calm. We had reached our next port. Victoria, British Columbia. Slowly, passengers disembarked for a morning in Canada before we cruised back into San Francisco. In true Canadian fashion, the nature was workin' it in 'The Garden City'. The town was quiet until we filled it with photo takers. I found Victoria a peculiar town. Justin remembered beautiful, Victorian buildings from his little kid memory, and we found them. They were just mixed in with the modern, almost to the point of Dutch modern, homes that we found more of. I had so many questions and a deadline with a sail away party.Our walk was more of a jaunt or stroll. It was the pace to be kept with our fellow passengers and Canadian neighbors. The path from the boat presented each turn with a sweet little sign. Cruise boat passengers seemed to be a big audience. Garden after garden, weaving along the water bank, we arrived at the British Columbia Legislature. It's a stunner of a building, that's for sure. And has a front row view of the Inner Harbour and the Empress Hotel. The Empress is now a Fairmont, but is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in the area. This is where we'd have spent the weekend - dining, enjoying tea time, living like royals. *ahem* But we had a boat to catch. *wink* Totem poles! These popped up throughout our walk from downtown to Beacon Hill Park. They were everywhere! Each one made me that much more reminiscent of drawing them in elementary school. Major props, Victoria.
Have you been to Victoria? What's your favorite part?