hoping that my dental appointment goes well next week. I haven't been to the dentist in about 5 years.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
One of my favorite things we saw in Victoria was the Butchart Gardens. This place is amazing. You can go year around and see different kinds of flowers based on the seasons. I'd love to see it in spring because there a about a million tulips. However, we were there in June and it was pretty incredible. In June you can see about a million roses.
The sign as you enter the gardens.
The main house of Mrs. Butchart. It's now a couple different restaurants and a gallery.
The sunken garden inside the quarry.
The back side of the main house. It once held a bowling alley, indoor pool, and an outdoor tennis court. Now it's a Mediterranean and Italian inspired garden.
The star pond. Complete with goldfish.
Friday, July 25, 2014
On one of our little explorations around Victoria, we stumbled upon the Fisgard Lighthouse. (OK, we really didn't stumble upon it. Phil505 did a little pre-vacation research and knew it was there.) It's on a historical military fort, similar to Fort Stevens on the Oregon coast. It was built in 1859 and was the first permanent lighthouse on the Pacific coast of Canada. And, it's quite possibly the prettiest lighthouse I've ever seen. I think it's because of all that red.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sunday was our first full day in Victoria. We walked over to the Royal BC Museum (which is just across the street from the Parliament building) and learned a little bit about Vikings and a lot of Canadian history. The Viking exhibit was very crowded and I may have been getting slightly annoyed at the people taking pictures of every. single. thing. behind. every. glass. case.Craigdarroch Castle. It was originally built in the late 1890's for a wealthy family of Scottish immigrants. It has over 20,000 square feet of living space and a total of 39 rooms. Can you imagine cleaning all that? I have a hard enough time with my 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. (Well, I'm sure this family was able to afford someone to clean it for them. They were Canada's first millionaires.) Unfortunately, the man who had it built died before it was finished.
After the family sold it, it has since been a military hospital, Victoria College, offices for the Victoria school board, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Now it's a pretty big tourist attraction and they are working on restoring parts of the inside. The rooms have been furnished to look like they would've back when the original family lived there. It was even used as one of the sets for the filming of Little Women back in 1994. In fact, Victoria was where quite a bit of the movie was filmed. Now I want to go rent Little Women and watch it again and see if I recognize anything.
Out the window you can kind of see the downtown area of Victoria.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Just around the corner from the Parliament building is the Empress Hotel. Oh man, this place is just magical. That's how I like to describe it. It's like stepping back in time. We did go inside and saw a small part of it. There were some fancy shops and the dining room where they serve high tea.