A June 2005 trip
to Vancouver Island by cmp0129
Quote: Experience a bit of England close to home. There are lots of fun shops to walk through and great places to eat.
Afterwards, walk over to the Parliament to enjoy the green lawns and water fountain. Then grab a Tally Ho ride. A two-horse drawn wagon is a more intimate way to see the city and Beacon Hill Park and is fun. Then you can spend the rest of the day shopping on Government Street. Stroll into Sydney Reynolds and check out the beautiful selection of china. The old building with the dark wood and familiar wood smell will bring you into another time. I buy a new piece of china every time from the Summertime Rose pattern. It's fun to watch my tea set grow over the past 15 years. At Rogers Chocolate Shoppe, the smell of chocolate will draw you in. Grab an ice-cream bar great to eat on a warm or cold day. Buying a few chocolates won't hurt either. Then hit Murchies Coffee Shoppe and grab a drink to go, and a croissant or something from the dessert counter will taste good.
Take a walk to Beacon Hill Park to sit, relax, or just visit the petting zoo. There are plenty of ponds with water fowl. The great blue herons are perched in the tops of the trees from April to June and fun to watch. There is lots of entertainment to see and experience on the waterfront in the inner harbor.
I still remember when afternoon tea was dressy, and if you weren't properly dressed, you were not allowed in. When a napkin fell onto the floor, a gentleman would pick it up for me. I would love to see old, proper etiquette come back. This was when traditional etiquette was part of getting away to Victoria.
Hotel | "The Empress Hotel"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2005
Fairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W1W5
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2005
Vancouver Island, British Columbia