Thursday, August 1, 2013

Victoria, Canada on Day Seven


On our seventh day, we docked at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  What a gorgeous city!

Renowned as Canada's "City of Gardens", Victoria and its gardens burst into bloom year round.  We rode a classic English double decker bus to the downtown area. 


Their majestic Parliament Buildings and the ivy-covered Empress Hotel are some of Canada's most recognizable landmarks.  The gardens throughout the city are stunning and are illuminated by thousands of hidden lights.



My sister Jeannie and her daughter Gina in front of the parliament building which was lit up with over 3,000 lights.




The majority of their downtown old buildings were lit up - it was a beautiful sight.


What impressed me the most were the unbelievable flowers.  They had two of these baskets hanging from every streetlight.  They were awesome.  Guess that's where they get the name as the "Garden City".  Victoria averages over 2,000 hours of sunshine per year.

Enjoy!

Till next time, Judy






14 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful, Judy. Thank you for the mini tour!

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  2. Wow! What impresses me is the thousands of hidden lights! How amazing!!! Hugs!

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  3. It's truly the gem of BC. For us BC'ers it's kind of like taking a tropical vacation in the middle of winter, and not going over the border.

    Well, they do get snow, and when they do it's a whopper, but spring comes earlier there.

    Sounds like you had a great trip.

    Jen

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  4. I have always been curious about Victoria from everything I've read, would love to visit there. I enjoyed so much seeing these pictures.

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  5. It looks gorgeous. Another place I would like to visit!

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  6. I've always wanted to visit Victoria...thanks for the virtual visit!

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  7. Well as beautiful as Alaska was with its natural beauty, Victoria is awesome with its electrical beauty - wow, just love the buildings outlined with lights!

    Mary

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  8. I love cities at night and all the bright lights....but the ones around the buildings in Victoria are really something special! Great pictures, Judy, thank you for sharing them!
    Helen x

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  9. It is a beautiful city! My best friend is from there and she still goes every year to visit her mother. I remember, even as a little girl, going on the ferry from Vancouver, and being greeted by all the beautiful flowers. I hope you have a chance to visit Butchart Gardens while you are there.

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  10. Judy, you were in my neck of the woods in Victoria! Well, a couple of hundred miles away but closer :O) Glad you enjoyed Victoria, our capital city is very pretty indeed. Did you have tea at the Empress Hotel? Glad you enjoyed your visit, come back soon! Deb

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  11. Beautiful, Judy. I would have loved to see all those flowers hanging from the lamp posts- xo Diana

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  12. Just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Judy this is so pretty! I bet it was an amazing sight in person. I'm enjoying going on this tour with you!

    hugs,
    Linda

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