July 23, 2013

Travel Tuesday: Victoria, British Columbia

Have I told you that I am a hopeless Anglophile?  I love anything and everything British!  One year the vacation funds weren't going to allow a trip to England, so a group of us decided on a visit to Victoria, British Columbia.  I loved Victoria!  While it's tea shops and royal heritage satisfied the Anglophile in me, I also loved Victoria for it's own unique qualities.  The city is charming, balancing it's British roots alongside that of its First Nations People.  Castles co-exist with totem poles, fine  chocolate shops compete with authentic restaurants in Chinatown, and above it all flies the Maple Leaf of Canada.  A visit to the nearby Butchart Gardens is a must if you visit Victoria.  The gardens are immense, with flowers and plants from all over the world arranged in spectacular settings.  This is hands-down the most beautiful botanical garden I have ever seen.  Another highlight of the trip was afternoon tea at the lovely Fairmont Empress.  This was a traditional tea, served on fine china by impeccably dresses waiters.  There was even a strawberries and cream course!  I really enjoyed my visit to Victoria, and was surprised how much varied history the city had to offer.  

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