Happy Sunday! I hope you're enjoying a nice leisurely day. I'm loving the cooler weather that blew in, and have enjoyed having the windows up and sitting outside. I'm excited to be back today to share our last adventure in Victoria, British Columbia.
Butchart Gardens was one of the highlights of our trip. It's just a little ways outside of Victoria, and the drive is beautiful so it is worth the time to make your way out there. Since we visited in late Spring, the gardens were in full bloom, and we were given quite the show! We spent about half a day strolling around Butchart Gardens, and probably could have spent longer. The flowers, the trees, the vines, so many beautiful plants to explore. We also enjoyed perusing the shops, and taking home a few trinkets. I had quite the time taking photos in every nook and cranny of the gardens, and I came home with many prized photographs and memories! Butchart Gardens is also a popular attraction for a shore excursion on Alaskan cruises, so I highly recommend that if you get the chance! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you've enjoyed traveling to Victoria, British Columbia with me. Tomorrow I'll share a wrap up with a last few pictures, and a spot to find everything in one place. Have a great rest of your weekend!
Hey there! Hope you are having a great weekend. I'm excited to see that cooler weather is coming to Texas tomorrow. I can't wait to wear sweaters, sip hot chocolate, and crunch the leaves as I walk! I just hope the cool days stick around a little longer this go round. Anyway, let's get to it! Today I'm sharing from our visit to Victoria, British Columbia, and our walk around The Empress Hotel overlooking the harbor.
Along with the Parliament Building, The Empress Hotel greets you as you pull into the harbor at Victoria. It's stunning architecture and sweeping vines really make it stand out against the crowd of smaller buildings. We didn't even step foot inside, as the beautiful grounds kept us plenty intrigued, but I would have loved to have ventured in for their famous high tea. I'll save that for a later trip. However, we loved strolling around the outside, admiring the stone & brick facade, gorgeous copper roof tops, and absolutely beautiful gardens. Our favorite were the wisteria bushes cascading down from wooden pergolas. They made for great photo ops! This is the perfect attraction to visit during a cruise stop on the way to Alaska. If you get the chance I recommend checking out The Empress and venturing in to check out the inside. I'm sure it will be a treat for you!
Thanks for stopping by today. Check back tomorrow. I'll be sharing our last adventure from Victoria!
Hey y'all! I'm back again to share more from Victoria, British Columbia. Just a few more attractions, and we'll be wrapping up with this great city. Today, I'm touching on our visit to the beautiful Craigdarroch Castle!
This stunning Victoria-era castle was built in the late 1800s as an estate. Much to our benefit, it was later turned into a museum. I hadn't seen or thought much of the castle when planning our trip, but my mother-in-law mentioned it might be fun, so we made sure to fit it into our visit. Boy, am I glad we did! The wood work & stained glass within the castle are absolutely unbelievable!
As you can see from the incredible staircase, which you may recognize from movies such as The Boy, the castle boasts several floors to explore. Even though the castle is large, your intrigue is kept throughout exploring. At every turn there is incredible wood work, like serpent staffs, beautiful furniture, including a Steinway Piano, and beautiful stained glass. One of my favorite features was a curved door leading into one of the turrets.
It's hard to believe that this some 25,000 square foot castle was once a home, but I'm so glad it was well kept long after changing owners several times. They just don't build things like that anymore! This along with Butchart Gardens, which I'll share about next week, are my must see places in Victoria. Be sure to add them to your itinerary!
To read more about Craigdarroch Castle, visit thecastle.ca/. See you back this weekend for some special posts on my current thoughts & happenings.
Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine went by entirely too fast, so I'm already counting down to another. I've got a full to do list to work on this weekend, but we've also got some fun planned. I'm always trying to keep a good work/life balance, but that's always tested on the weekends. At any rate, I do my best. But let's get to it. I'm excited to share another spot from Victoria, British Columbia.
Let's chat about Fisherman's Wharf. This is a fun little spot along the harbor in Victoria with restaurants, shops, and stunning floating houses along the docks. We enjoyed a couple of hours here during the second part of our stay. We enjoyed walking along the docks, seeing the boats & even seaplanes coming in, seeing wildlife, seagulls, geese, & otters, and eating some of the best seafood we'd ever had!
We enjoyed an amazing lunch at The Fish Store, enjoying our meal at a picnic table on the docks. I tried prawn for the first time, and oh my was it delicious! I fussed at the price at first, but, after tasting my husband's, I had him order more! I highly recommend it if you visit. We enjoyed Jackson's Ice Cream for dessert while strolling around the boats.
We'd hoped to see the famous sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf, but we were a little early in the day to catch them. If you visit Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria in the mornings or late afternoons, you're bound to see the wild sea lions that come by daily to be hand fed! What a treat that would've been, but we saw them during our whale watching in their true natural habitat.
Fisherman's Wharf was definitely a great spot to visit, especially on a day with amazing weather. If you visit Victoria, British Columbia, you'd love making a visit to this fun spot. Who knows, maybe you'll catch a glimpse of those sea lions!
Hey there! I'm back to continue in sharing our venture to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Just to recap, we visited this sweet little town for a quick overnight trip. We took a passenger ferry from Seattle, and had the best experience! One of the fun things we did that we hadn't planned on was a horse drawn carriage ride around part of the town.
We took our ride with the Talley Ho Carriage Company, the longest running carriage company in Victoria. We had a wonderful guide who took us around, giving us history lessons about the small city along the way.
We began the ride just outside the Parliament Building, looping around to the neighborhoods behind Parliament. We strolled by beautiful churches, colorful homes, and lush parks like, Beacon Hill. We looped back to the Parliament building, passing the back which is actually the front, and ended right back where we starting facing the harbor. The 45 minute ride was a fun rest while still learning and seeing more about Victoria. We explored areas we hadn't in our own, adding to our interest. The Talley Ho Carriage would be a perfect addition to a quick trip to Victoria for anyone.
Have you taken a horse drawn carriage ride? What did you love most, the ride, seeing more of your destination, or the history lessons?