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.