Monday, September 14, 2015

Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


The Ever-Patient Terry and I spent five days
in Victoria on Vancouver Island last July.



Service to Canada Statue
Wharf Street, Victoria, B.C., 
July 11, 2015



We had such a lovely time in this beautiful city,
that when Terry found an amazing off-season deal,
we leapt at the chance to return.




Metro Victoria Area 
Looking Toward Haro Strait and San Juan Island
Cadboro Bay is the rectangular bay in the center.
The University of Victoria is to its left.
9/7/2015



Victoria on Vancouver Island
(Southeast Corner of the Island)



We've been exploring the area for the past six days,
mostly on foot, but also by boat and bus.
The weather has been glorious!

Here are some of the things we've seen:


A Busy Victoria Harbour
9/8/2015




The Royal BC Museum
Right Next Door to Where We're Staying!
9/8/2015




A Carriage Horse Takes a Break
Near the Corner of Menzies and Belleville Streets
and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings
9/8/2015




              
The B.C. Flag and Parliament Buildings
9/8/2015






Gardens at the Legislature
9/8/2015




British Columbia Parliament Buildings
Home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
9/8/2015




The Historic Fairmont Empress Hotel
Government Street, Victoria
9/8/2015





 Roses at the Legislature
9/8/2015




Victoria Harbour
9/8/2015




Terry Takes in Victoria Harbour
9/8/2015



Not Just for Planes, Boats, and People
9/8/2015




Water Taxis Zipping Everywhere
9/8/2015


We've barely scratched the surface of exploring this 
fascinating, historic, and capital city of British Columbia, Canada.
We're having a blast!

Now off to see the Broncos and the Ravens
at the Sticky Wicket!






Till next time!

24 comments:

  1. Reflection, #1, today, and a close second by barely a whisker, the amazing plants, is that a Coleus? Beautiful buildings, great view from the plane, enjoy every minute.

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    1. Thanks, Jean! Yes it is a coleus; I tried to look up its variety, but there are so many kinds of coleus. I love beautiful leaves as much as flowers, and this was the most spectacular coleus that I have ever seen!
      Have a great week! Hugs!

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  2. You, my dear, are quite an adventuress. It's so nice that Terry joins you on your tours. I love that you shared that beautiful place with us. It's so much fun to get out there and see the world. I love to go to new cities and spend time seeing new things.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy! Terry and I are loving Victoria! So many new things to see and explore! Traveling is probably my favorite thing to do, and I'm going to keep doing it until ~ well, if I have to hire a driver who can also push a wheelchair, then darn-it-all, that what I'll do! Not that I'm planning to end up in a wheelchair! Have a happy new week, Peggy! Hope that new YMCA membership is put to good use!

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  3. Victoria! How wonderful. And how beautiful. This is definitely a place I'd love to visit one day. I love how adventurous you are.

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    1. You would love Victoria, Martha! It's bicycle friendly too! We've seen bikes everywhere. We're hoofing it mostly, but it sure helps to construct a map of the city in your mind. Today, as long as it doesn't rain, we're planning to walk to Ogden Point Breakwater ~ It's a narrow breakwater that juts and curves 800 meters into the ocean. I'm glad that railings have now been added, because if it's wavy, it can be trippy! Happy Monday to you!

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  4. I love Victoria. I know you'll have a fab time -- how could you not?

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    1. How could you not, indeed, Debra? This is one of my favorite cities ever! There is so much to do and see in a compact area that you can easily walk. And the people! They are friendly, kind, and very helpful. Happy week to you!

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  5. Wow, it sure looks like a wonderful spot indeed. I haven't made it past NB though lol.

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    1. It is lovely, Pat ~ very different from Halifax. Not that Halifax isn't a wonderful city! Victoria is like a British lady, gracious and genteel. Halifax is merchant seaman, rough and tumble tough. They are both fascinating. Well at least you've made it out of the province, Pat. I inherited a travel gene that keeps me moving; I'm guessing you didn't! Maybe one day you'll get the urge or the opportunity to explore! I hope so! Take care!

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  6. Incredible photos! Such rich history for a young city. (Compared to those in Europe.)
    Hope you were pulling for the Broncos...

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    1. Thanks, Alex! Absolutely pulling for the Broncos! Although the Ravens are my second favorite team ~ only because Joe Flacco has pretty blue eyes. Sorry if that's sexist, but gals look too! LOL Have a good one, my friend!

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  7. And no wonder you two love this beautiful city, Louise! Just look at it! Great photos! We spent the millennium New Years there near the Parliament Building......bringing back the memories!
    Have a great time you two!

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    1. Hopefully you had a better 2000 New Year's Even than I did, Jim. I was with Terry's mother, and we went to bed after Newfoundland welcomed the new year in. A number of the immigration people had been ordered in for duty ~ hunkered down in a barricaded building with armed security. While Terry had to wait Y2K out in a glass-fronted small office by himself in a dangerous part of Aurora. They were all supposed to protect the government computers if things went to hell. I couldn't stand it because I was so worried for him; so I hid in sleep. Denver actually had its big Millennial celebration a year later, welcoming in 2001! LOL

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  8. Louise, I can see why you love this lovely city! Among my favourite categories of photos to see are store and restaurant fronts, nature and water, and you have beautifully captured all of my favourites in this one post! The horse, seagull, water, boats, pub, flowers and the buildings are very nice, I love the architecture and the totem pole is amazing! :)

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    1. Thanks, Linda! There are totem poles everywhere! I'll have to make sure that I capture more storefronts. I'm crazy for planes and boat. This morning we saw a submarine in the water!!!! Have a good one!

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  9. Oh, my...
    I need to visit.

    And I need to visit the Sticky Wicket pub (charming!)
    I love the statue...

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    1. It's a wonderful city, Diana! And much of the downtown area is easily walkable. The Sticky Wicket ig a fun place ~ awesome employees for starters. And the statue ~ makes my heart melt! Have a good one!

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  10. Oh, how exciting that you are in Victoria :) It is indeed a lovely place to visit ~ that is where I lived from the age of 16 - 22 years of age! One of my sons lives there, and I visit often. Loved seeing Victoria through your eyes. There are so many terrific places to visit. I hope you continue to have the best time :)

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    1. Thanks, Glo! We are enjoying our month in Victoria very much. Now if I could just get more photos up ~ so busy having fun! Take care!

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  11. Louise, I loved seeing your photos of Victoria. I was only there once about 20 years ago, and I had a wonderful time. I went on a bike tour with Back Roads. We started in Victoria and did some of the Gulf Islands. You are a non-stop traveler!

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    1. Hey, Barb! I have been non-stop traveling since Terry retired, so I'm glad that we're in our little hotel suite for a month! My sister Barb is coming this weekend with a friend, and they are going on a walking tour with a group. We're mostly on our feet, and the #! Museum in Canada is literally out my back door! I'm going to put up more posts about Victoria as soon as I can. I'm so busy having fun! Hugs!

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  12. Well, what do you know... Vancouver Island. A famous place. After seeing these picture, I need to put it on my list.

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    1. Hey, BG! Thanks for stopping by! Victoria and Vancouver Island are amazing! I hope that you get to see it! Have a good one!

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