Victoria Sept 2006

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Certain places you just want to return to time after time. For us Victoria, BC is one of those places. Just a couple of hours of driving from Seattle plus a 90 minute ferry ride from Tsawwassen, BC. As we did two years ago, we combined this trip as an anniversary present. 8 years now!

About 8 in the morning we jump in the Volvo for the US-Canadian border. We were not the only ones. For 90 minutes we crawl through the border line before driving the last few clicks to the Tsawwassen ferry terimal. We were not the only ones. Three ferries come and go (and they are huge ferries) we finally get onboard the Queen of Saanich. Along with 300+ other cars we are on our way to Vancouver Island. Finally we arrive. Of course another delay occurs after someone on a motorcycle decides to rear end a van on the main road into Victoria.

Pricy but very nice describes our room at Abigail's. I'd recommend staying there especially in the Coach House with its large rooms with Italian marble bathroom floors, jetted tub, huge king size bed and other nice touches. I especially like the fresh salmon and wine served at 5. A nice way to relax after driving up.

Off to our favorite Butchart Gardens. The flowers displays are beyond imagination. The photographer side of me goes nuts each time I'm there. Saturday nights during the summer they have an incredible fireworks show. It is not your average fireworks presentation. Music and lot of imagination goes into the whole thing. It's a must-see in the Victoria area.

Next day we roam around Victoria and even do a very touristy bus tour. Actually, I really enjoyed it since I learned a lot about Victoria (even though I've been there about 10 times now). Street performances and fairs are everwhere in Victortia during the summer. You never know what you'll run into from block to block.

If you haven't been, put it on your short list of place to visit.

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