Blogs from Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, North America - page 4

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We touch land in Swartz Bay, and jump into the bus taking us to Victoria downtown. Just stepping out of the bus and we already like it. Victoria has a strong British atmosphere with it's own special taste. Finally the decision is made to spend our money on booking two nights in an expensive Hostel and some rental bikes. We soon discover that everything in Victoria is expensive :S All in all, the good city-feelings we couldn’t find in Vancouver are here around every corner. After two days of exploring the area and finding deer in the city parks, we try to get north to our WWOOFing place in Cobble Hill. It is a day early and we want to make a stop in Mill Bay. As we are on a low budget we want to ... read more
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One part of planning a perfect trip that often doesn’t get enough attention is the arrival. It’s likely that most travelers are so anxious to start their vacation that they probably pick the quickest way to a destination. The fun will be had once you get there, not on the journey. Arrival by air is often a necessity in the fast paced world of exotic destinations and short stays. Perhaps some choose transportation based on cost. Lots of people going? Can they all fit in the minivan? Some destinations lend themselves to a certain type of arrival. While rarely mentioned, I think the popularity of Venice, Italy is due in part to the necessity of taking a boat up the Grand Canal at arrival. Gliding past opulent Palazzo on both sides of the canal you naturally ... read more
Empress Hotel at night
Sheringham Point Lighthouse
Victoria's Inner Harbor


Our adventure started on Saturday morning with the boys dropping us at Sydney airport. They didn't hang around long and I discovered James Anthony's Facebook post the next day saying "getting rid of the parentals for 6 weeks.. Yay". Thanks for that buddy! If anyone hears about a crazy Facebook party that got crashed by randoms and with police attending, somewhere in Roselands, PLEASE DO NOT tell me until it's time for us to go home. The Fiji Airways flights were full to the brim but they were really smooth and the attendants were lovely and the food was really quite good (but then again I pretty much eat anything as you can tell by my waistline). There was a two and half hour layover in Fiji. This is where we had our first "drama". After ... read more
view to mainalnd from ferry to Vancouver island
gulf islands en route to Vancouver island
Ford Fusion, last car on ferry


It's 9.31 on the 18th July. I haven't got round to writing a blog for a few days now as we've been moving on from Victoria and on to Seattle. We're settled in now here in Seattle however, so I will write about Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of our last week. Monday was a fairly uneventful day, with Donna going back to work and Bob having to go in for a meeting. So in the morning I got up early-ish, wrote my last blog and had some breakfast, by which time everyone else was up. Bob came back at about 12 and was now actually on holiday. Around that time Rosie and I decided to head out to the plaza, grab some frozen yoghurt and throw some ball, while Kate sunbathed and Matt watched a film ... read more
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It's 9.08 on 13th July. So now we're drawing towards the end of out time in Victoria, and we will be leaving for the U.S. in just a few days. In this blog I will write about our weekend here with Donna and Bob, and it'll be the the penultimate blog written in Canada. Friday I got up at a reasonable time - 8am maybe, and went for a run. As usual, the last of us were up by 10.30, and we were ready to discuss plans for the day. As we were going to watch a lacrosse game that evening, the girls were happy to spend the day sunbathing while Matt seemed content doing something on his phone. So, I decided to walk the hour or so down to the new mall that had just ... read more
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It's 9.38 on the 10th July. We're about halfway through our stay here in Victoria which, as always, has gone so fast. Today I'll write about Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I got up Tuesday at about 7.20 and went down to the park to do my usual routine of pull-ups, press-ups, squats etc., getting back by 8.30 to write my previous blog. From then until about 10 the others began to wake up and emerge from the bedroom. Everyone made themselves breakfast and we discussed what to do that day. It was still this funny kind of smokey overcast - not quite cloudy but not quite blue skies, so we decided to wait for a properly sunny day before we headed down to the lake. As we'd been into the city the day before it seemed ... read more
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It's 9.25 on the 7th of July. There's been a very welcome change of pace here in Victoria, as I'm sure you've noticed from my last blog. We've had a chance to kick back and relax here after the craziness of Toronto and The Rockies. It does mean however, there isn't so much to write about so these blogs will be a little shorter for a while. So Saturday. Donna and Bob had booked us in for the museum at noon, so we spent the morning having breakfast and showering and the like. By noon we were ready and Donna gave us a lift in to the city, dropping us outside the museum which was set back a little from the inner harbour, next to the government buildings. The museum itself was made up of two ... read more
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It's 10.47 on the 4th July. I think, after all of the excitement of Beaverfoot and travelling, this will be a shorter blog. I hope so anyway, the last few took me at least an hour and a half to write and another couple of hours to upload all the photos. So we woke up pretty late on Tuesday morning, having had very little sleep the previous 3 nights for whatever reason. It was the 1st of July, which was Canada day, so Donna and Bob had the day off. We emerged from our room at about noon, and had some breakfast. The first thing we were to do that day was to head down to the local supermarket to buy some food for the next few days. So, once everyone was showered and awake, we ... read more
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Sailing into Victoria we could see the approaching barren mountains of the coast looming closer, barren of any snow (okay, so it is summer isn’t it, and to paraphrase the Wizard of Oz, we’re not in Alaska any more)! Sharon headed to mass and then we headed up to the Lido for Breakfast. I got myself a serving of Swiss muesli in the Lido and some French toast to go with it. I had to wait because there wasn’t any premade ready to serve. Sharon got her scrambled eggs and they’ve reverted to the really soggy, chew, jerky-like turkey bacon. We went back to the cabin to don our “We don’t need Google” T-Shirts to commemorate this final day of Team Trivia at 10:00 AM in the Crow’s Nest. We stopped at the Explorer’s Lounge to ... read more


Geo: 48.4644, -123.38I wonder if the local eateries realise how good the Hop on Hop Off bus is for their business....we usually pick a venue that we see on the way. We have been spotting the Swan Inn on our rounds and so we settled on this as the brunch destination of the morning.We did call in to the Fudge Shop and Chinatown to stock up on supplies for tomorrow's ferry adventure. Our Chinatown adventure was made complete with a walk down Fan Tan Alley - the narrowest trading alley in BC. The Swan was an absolute treasure. Clam chowder to die for (@LizMcPhee!!!) and seafood prepared to perfection washed down with a locally brewed raspberry beer and a root beer - all with a view of the hustle and bustle of the entrance to the ... read more
Clam chowder was delicious
Finding Fan Tan Alley
Very narrow...no passing




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