Trutch Manor Tourist Suites
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... Although Seattle people say anywhere but Starbucks, at 7am is the only time you don't have to wait 30 minutes or more at the original Starbucks (so what the Hell).
It seems like a lifetime ago that we travelled on buses around Asia, Central and South America. There we learnt never to rely on arriving on time, and never to rely on transport for important connections. Times have changed however, and today we were travelling from Vancouver to Victoria on Vancouver Island. This involved catching one bus, connecting to another bus, catching a ferry, catching another bus, before finally connecting with another bus to get us to our ...
... tourists. You can buy fish from the market to feed the seals but we were just happy to watch them frolic about in the water. The most amusing part was when one of them blew water into the face of a young boy, guess he wasn't too pleased that the fish was all gone!
After this it was time to head to the ferry and head back to the mainland. We caught the 5pm ferry which was a little bit later than we had hoped but we killed some time exploring the ...
... that comfortable for eating - better for drinking)
We had a biryani chicken dish (Leith) and I had a lamb pie both delicious.
Our room has a harbour view and is a corner room which means we have a window overlooking the entrance of the hotel. This of course will make for the 4-5 days we are spending on train bunks.
Next day was all day at the Butchart Gardens, Shuttle buses go from outside the hotel about every hour. We managed to catch the 10:15am one
... and sea lions early on as we go through and around various islands and the weather is absolutely gorgeous Sarah keeps us informed along the way about the wildlife and geography of the area,we arrive at Friday Harbour about 11.45 and what a beautiful place it is with a beautiful marina wo go for a walk around the lovely little town where we go into an artisans shop where everything is made locally and buy a bowl and shot glass for Jenifers birthday
stop for a spot ...