Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Victoria, Vancouver Island

This weekend Jess and I ventured over to Victoria, Vancouver Island. We stayed with friends of a customer from the cafe I work at in Perth. I hope that makes sense! We received nothing short of amazing hospitality during our stay.

The ferry ride over, a little cloudy!

Jess & I
On Friday night we went out for dinner with a good family friend of mine; Izobell. She is the daughter of Mum's best friend. I hadn't seen her since 2009, as she is living in Victoria now. Hopefully she will come over to Vancouver while I am here to catch up again.

Izobell & I

The waterfront

Downtown Victoria

Very European influence

Jess & I with one of Canada's mythical creatures...although I am sure it is a character from a movie,

The typical Canadian tourist photo

The Empress historic hotel

Parliament house
( Victoria if the official capital of British Columbia, not Vancouver as many people think)

A sculpture carved completely in Jade which is harder than steel, yet translucent.

One of the dining rooms inside The Empress. There is a high tea here for a small $89 per person.
We gave that one a miss!

Killer whale hedges (kind of tacky haha)

Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown. Victoria's smallest official street

On Sunday we went to the Butchart Gardens, which is a world class venue. Over 100 years ago the area was a quarry pit. The Butchart family came in with a vision and made it what it is today. Members of the original family still operate the garden. The garden spans over 20 hectares, and every tree, flower, hedge and garden bed is in impeccable condition. I don't know if my photos do it justice, but this is just a small selection of the photos I took on Sunday.

The Rose garden, which smelled amazing!

The Japanese garden

View from the gardens overlooking the water

The sunken garden

Autumn colours

Water fountain surrounded by the walls of the original quarry

Historic Merry-go-round

Jess, Colleen (who we stayed with) & I

Arch to the Italian garden

The Italian garden

Colleen & I

The whole weekend was very memorable, especially with Colleen as our local tour guide!

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