Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Ahh back in the Motherland! We made the short ferry ride into Victoria Harbour where we were promptly met by our friend Jill who took us into town for a bite and some catching up. From there we headed out to Metchosin where Jill and family resides about 20 minutes from the centre of Victoria. The Hammond family actually runs an amazing B & B out there. It is perched up on a hill overlooking the water with the mountains off in the distance. Quite gorgeous. Not only that, they also have a few ponies, sheep, dogs, cats, etc... that add even more coziness to the place. On top of all that, the proprietors are wonderful people that went out of their way to make us feel at home. All together it is a fabulous set up run by even more fabulous people. If you get the chance, stay there! It is called Glen Rosa in Metchosin. After settling in, we headed into nearby Sooke for dinner. Jill was working that evening and the restaurant was gorgeous. It is right on the water and of course has the ever-present gorgeous views (and the service wasn't too bad either ;) ).
After a wonderful sleep we awoke to a lovely pancake breakfast with homemade syrup and apple juice. Ahhh this place is great. We did manage to break away to head into town with our tour guide Jill to check out Victoria. It was exactly what we were hoping for. The downtown centre is right on the waterfront and the shops and restaurants are housed in century old buildings with character to match. There were even a few bakeries that we couldn't pass up visiting. After strolling through the quaint streets and passing the parliament buildings along the waterfront, we headed to a pub for dinner (and yes, cider was involved). We thought it was a fitting last meal out on this trip considering how attached to pubs we have become over the last couple of years.
After another beautiful night we woke up to another wonderful breakfast of French toast with their very own eggs... We know, pretty rough. Fuelled up, we headed out for a hike. We did the coastal trail that took us along beaches, up hills, and down rock faces. The weather was beautiful and it was a perfect last trek on our trip. That evening we decided to have a dinner party with the Hammond family and a couple of very nice friends of the family. Mrs. Hammond BBQ'ed up some fabulous Pacific Salmon, and Meg and I whipped up a little cheese fondue. Considering it was our final meal on this trip, again, it was only fitting to throw a little shout out to our Swiss experience that made so much of this trip. It was the perfect evening to end our trip.
We have seen and done so much over the last 20 months. We have seen some amazing places with even more amazing people. We have made some wonderful friends and shared so much with them. A special thank you goes to those in Gryon at Chalet Martin for just being so wonderful. It has been so nice to see so much in such a short time. Although we loved every minute of our trip (ok maybe minus a few dodgy travel day moments), we are REALLY looking forward to staying in one spot for a while and not living out of a backpack. So, hopefully it will not be too long before we get to add new entries here, but for now it is time to settle down a little, Toronto here we come!

Megan and Kevin
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