Days Inn Victoria On The Harbour
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... in some of the scenes is amazing.
After lunch we enjoyed a Carriage ride around a park and the Parliament Building. Tomorrow we head for the big ship. We will have limited internet access for the next week so won't be able to do regular updates.
Yesterday was a day of cruising. Dan and I wandered the ship with our cameras, taking pictures of the places we frequented during the cruise. Those pictures are not likely of any interest to you, and we didn't go anyplace exciting, so I'll just leave yesterday's entry at that.
Today, however, we made port at the city of Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia on the island of Vancouver. Dan, Shari, Mark and I chose Butchart (pronounced "boo-CHART") Gardens ...
... purchasing one of the smaller land plots surrounding the castle could have the chance to win it. At the time the lots were selling for $2750, quite a lot of money. The winner never actually lived there, but set up his brother as caretaker and used it as collateral to finance his business interests. They obviously didn't work out too well, as 10 years later he lost it to the Bank of Montreal, and it entered into its life as a public building. In the next few decades, ...
... not to go on the jet boat as we didn't fancy getting soaked with spray and it was going to be 3 hours. The jet boats had fun bouncing and broggying over the wake of our boat - we had had our bit of fun in a jet boat in NZ. We did a 100 km round ...
... to a restaurant I'd sussed on tripadvisor. Italian - sort of.. Again, the whole West Coast cuisine at its best. Everything has a wee twist. Cannelloni stuffed with squash, in a lightly curried sauce, with crab cakes on top! Just inspired. Mind you their plain food was wonderful too. Simon voted their spag bol the best ever. Add on top the friendly and attentive service, and the delicious local wine, we rolled into our taxi truly sated.