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It’s been a great 3 days. Big morning the other day, we got the bus from Vancouver Station to the ferry terminal 45 mins away, then a 1 ½ hour ferry ride across to Vancouver Island, an another 45 mins down to Victoria, our home for the next 2 nights.
Victoria is lovely, it’s situated around a harbour with quite a European feel – old buildings & hotels reflect that plus there are horse & carriage rides going round the streets! We enjoyed afternoon tea (more like lunch!) at the gorgeous Fairmont Empress Hotel, located in the prime position overlooking the harbour & minutes walk from the main street. In the historic tea lobby we were served endless cups of tea in fancy china cups and there were numerous fancy sandwiches, scones & sweets. This is one of the must-do’s in Victoria. In Summer they serve up to 1000 people a day!
We took a bus to Butchart Gardens which is about 30-40 mins north of Victoria. There were themed gardens, like the sunken garden (my favourite), or the Italian or Japanese gardens.
Thousands of tulips in different colours & combinations were an amazing site to see, absolutely beautiful. We were lucky that they were still out, as they should have finished a month and a half ago.
In Sooke, ½ hour from Victoria, most of us tried our hand at ‘ziplining’ (imagine huge flying foxes!). There was 8 lines that soar above the trees ranging from 150 feet to 1000 feet and you can go up to 60 km/hr. It was very fun-if you are ok with heights!
Had a short visit to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. I’m not usually interested in museums but I was impressed. It was quite interactive with lots of visual displays including life size (and real looking!) animals like mammoth, deer, seals that are known to the region.
We took an awesome floatplane ride back to Vancouver – only 35 minutes compared to our all morning venture to get there! I’m sitting in business class now ready for the 14 hour Vancouver- Auckland flight home after I was the lucky one drawn out from our group to get the upgrade. The seats are so spacious and comfy & a total contrast to economy as you’d imagine. I start the flight home very relaxed....

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