It was pouring rain as we left the farm last Thursday morning for a seven hour drive north. We were looking forward to our visit with Jim’s daughter and her family who live an hour north of Seattle. About twenty minutes south of Seattle, it stopped raining and the sun came out…and stayed out for the rest of the weekend.  On Friday morning, we left their house early for the drive to Anacortes, Washington, where we caught the ferry for our three hour trip to Victoria, British Columbia.

I couldn’t help being a little reflective as the ferry got underway…my last ferry trip to Victoria was in 1965. I was a nineteen year old college student, traveling with a group of other “summer missionary” college students. That story is here.

Jim and I were in Victoria last July for a brief few hours hours during a stop on our Alaskan cruise, but a few hours just weren’t enough.  I was glad we were going to have two whole DAYS this time.  We walked all about Victoria…up and down the historic streets enjoying the shops along the way, along the water’s edge where the sailboats were lined up and into the Empress Hotel.  I remembered having “tea and crumpets” there with a group of college students when I was nineteen.  The Empress Hotel is in the background of the Wikipedia photo below.

On Sunday, we spent the day at Butchart Gardens – a historic, incredible place to be sure.  I took all the photos in the slideshow below on Sunday.  To be honest, I don’t think photos do this beautiful place justice.  You’ll just have to go visit.  I do the best I can with the built-in macro lens on my Sony DSC-H5 but I would love to have a separate powerful macro lens!

The weather in Victoria was beautiful – 72 degrees and sunny with a light breeze.  We enjoyed our time with almost three year old Mason and his Mom and Dad.  I love watching grandfather and grandson acting like two kids together.  It was a fun weekend and one I will remember for another long time…

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10 Responses to A weekend in Victoria…

  • Farmlady says:

    I’ve been to Victoria, BC. twice but never to Butchart Gardens in the Spring. It must have been beautiful at this time of the year. Your photos are wonderful!
    I remember having tea at the Empress Hotel. That was one of my delightful memories of a long ago vacation with my husband and boys.
    Glad you had a good time.

    • Dianne says:

      Thank you, Farmlady! The gardens were definitely beautiful. Maybe next time we’ll take time to have tea at the Empress Hotel!

  • Karen says:

    The gardens are so beautiful and to spend the time with loved ones makes it even better! I have always wanted to visit the gardens. I’ve been to Victoria twice and also had tea at the Empress. It is a lovely experience. Your photos bring it all to life – so pretty! My favorites are the pink tulip in the bed of blue Forget me Not, and also the little waterfall surrounded by ferns. Thank you for sharing! xx

    • Dianne says:

      Thank you, Karen! With your green thumb, you would definitely enjoy Butchart Gardens! I was thinking about framing the fern/waterfall print you mentioned. 😉

  • Colleen Pardo says:

    I’ve never been there – actually never past Butte, Montana (1968) and all points between there and Santa Barbara, CA. My parents have been there many times when visiting my cousin in Seattle, WA. They’d go shopping up there and the pictures they’d take were wonderful. Your pictures are so beautiful! Thank you for posting them.

    • Dianne says:

      Thank you, Colleen! I’d love to go to Butte, Montana. I’ve traveled through it but would like to stop and visit next time.

  • judy says:

    Just beautiful Dianne –

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

    Judy

  • Christine says:

    How stunning! I’ve always wanted to go there. Who knows, maybe someday!

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