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Riverview, New Brunswick
June 8, 2007
Upon entry, there are a number of war scenes…Canadians taking Caen in 1944, the Battle of Saratoga (1777) and the Battle of Bull Run…but then the really interesting displays begin. Follow the Great Canadian Railway on its journey from Vancouver in 1885 through the Rockies, past the scene of the driving of the last spike and on to the Red River and soldiers marching against Louis Riel. The train takes you through Toronto and past Quebec City to a fishing port in the Maritimes.
Another series of dioramas features the American West including a model of Custer’s last stand with a whirl of Indians surrounding the doomed soldiers. Lest you think that much of this is beginning to sound all a little bloody, we pass to flights of whimsy…Santa’s Workshop, the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Gulliver in Lilliput, the dwarf’s diamond mine and Tatiana’s castle. There are a number of scenes from different Dickensian novels, a group of complex dollhouses and then it’s on to 17th and 20th century London.
Perhaps the best is saved for last…the circus displays. From the Florida winter quarters we travel to a city to see the circus train unload and side-by-side we find the big top, a fair and a rodeo. The detail in this last display is absolutely staggering. There are dozens of moving parts, and only the closest examination will reveal them all. Tourist trap? Not at all, a visit to a beautifully crafted miniature world.
From journal Adventures in Lotusland: Victoria
Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 29, 2002
Miniature worlds have a strange fascination. They have the advantage that we can see the complete picture rather than part of it. There is also the sheer skill of reproducing, for example, a miniature bombed out German city with the effect of fire and bomb blast clear to see on the splintered charred timbers. Often the miniature can take much longer and require more skill to make than the original.
Fact, fiction and fantasy can also be blended together and history brought to life. The miniature world has it all. In total there are 80 attractions. There are dolls houses with as many as 50 rooms all fully furnished. We wandered through an enchanted valley of castles containing many of the castles of Europe and witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. We saw the Great Canadian Railway with trains winding their way along the track and the world's smallest operational sawmill.
We visited the wonderful world of the circus and felt the magic, the wonderment of the Grand City Parade, the Big Top, the wild beasts and the death defying high wire acts. We entered time warp to Space 2201 AD and travelled in an Avian 1 spaceship to distant cosmic shores. We visited the world of Dickens and the Olde London Towne of 1670. Special effects in lighting, sound and animation increased the realism.
Well as you can realise we were quite tired after having achieved more in around two hours than people can achieve in a lifetime. We were so engrossed that we forgot to take photos. A definite must do experience.
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From journal Victoria - city of many activities