Aurora, Daddy and I took a 3-day holiday to Victoria last weekend. Here’s a little list of what we did:
Baby Big Eyes enjoys her first trip on the ferry as we traveled to Vancouver Island.
Carriage House B&B: We really enjoyed staying here; it’s clean, quiet and close to everything, our hosts were friendly, and they made us wonderful breakfasts!
Darth Vader Violinist, just one of the many interesting buskers we saw while walking around the city in the evening.
Expensive? Well, just a tad. Eating out, museum admissions, and reserved ferry trips can add up, don’cha know. Plus, there’s all those fantastic buskers you gotta tip…
Fisgard Lighthouse: We drove out to see the famous lighthouse, but ran out of time, so we just waved at it in the distance as we passed by. Oh well.
Gourmet burgers at the Pink Bicycle Burger Joint – oh, what I wouldn’t give for gourmet, organic, local, creative burgers like these a little closer to home!
High tea at the Empress Hotel: No, we didn’t partake, but great news, Grandma Gail; they now allow people to wear jeans inside as long as they are not holey, frayed, or cutoff. It’s still expensive, though: $60 per person. Someday, someday, I’ll have to go.
IMAX at the museum was “To the Arctic“, an extremely gorgeous and incredibly sad movie about life on the bleeding edge of climate change. We all loved it; it was an incredibly moving and beautiful film.
Jump up, jump up, and jump down!
Koto Sushi: an enigma, since the restaurant seemed really new, only about a month old. It appears to be in the same location (510 Fort St.) as an older, well-reviewed Koto Sushi that closed earlier this year? I don’t know, just give it a try, especially if your child will only eat avocado rolls when she goes out to dinner.
Loft bed: Aurora’s favourite thing in Victoria. Everywhere we went, she kept begging to go back “home” (to our B&B).
Music on the street; good and loud. We enjoyed the bands playing at the Dragonboat festival at the harbour Friday and Saturday evenings (see “J” for Jump photo).
Nighttime at the harbour: is it the Legislature? Or is it Disneyland? You decide…
Polo: Our B&B’s host, Dan, invited us to watch him play polo Sunday afternoon at the Victoria Polo Club. That’s right – on real horses! Kid wrangling took precedence over actually watching the game, but at least we got to see a little of what real polo looks like.
Qu’est-ce c’est joli! Ooh La La Cupcakes has a very appealing window display. Too bad they closed so early on Saturday night. : (
Royal BC Museum: boring, according to A&B, but L really enjoyed it – I guess I’m just a hard-core museum person!
Squid, crab, lobster, you name it – looking for restaurants in Victoria which DON’T feature shellfish prominently on the menu was something of a challenge. Poor Daddy.
Tom, the 3 1/2 year old son of our B&B’s hosts, was Aurora’s second-favourite part of the trip. He’s really into bears and greek mythology, but mostly he seems to speak in bear growls.
Ugly: Grandma Gail asked about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of our trip. Well, here’s the Ugly: a Wolf Eel from the Undersea Gardens.
Victoria is the home of Island Farms Ice Cream, which we love. We tried out some of the more unusual flavours available on the Island while we were there: Salted Caramel, Nanaimo Bar, and Aurora’s favourite, Cotton Candy.
Walking, walking, walking. Since our accommodations were just two blocks from the Legislature buildings, we could walk almost everywhere!
Xtinction: we learned heaps about extinct animals, like dinos and mammoths, as well as soon-to-be extinct, like Polar Bears, and a lot of other arctic animals.
Yes, I’m glad we went – it’s always good to have a little change of scenery once in a while!
Zoo of Bugs! Or, the Victoria Bug Zoo. Daddy was really excited about it, but I tried not to look as closely as Big Eyes the Unicorn did.