Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Victoria! Victoria!

The view from the ferry en route to Victoria.

After meeting Jacky at the airport in Bellingham and whisking her to Canada to spend her first evening in Vancouver, we set sail for Victoria (and saw a pod of orcas!).  Though we decided to go to Victoria because logistically it didn't work out to go to Seattle, Victoria is no consolation prize.  Victoria is a perfect weekend getaway from Vancouver. Anecdotally, I have even heard that visitors prefer it to Vancouver.
Victoria is smaller and has a distinctly different vibe than Vancouver.  We did the necessary Victoria things to do: walked to the legislature, passing by the Empress, and walked back along the inner harbour, before heading to the Bard & Banker for a bite, the special Phillips Scotch ale, and to catch the game.
The next day we met Kristen (who is now at law school at UVic) and Alex for brunch at Rebar, explored Fan Tan Alley and Chinatown, and browsed Victoria's many independent shops.

Not having been to Victoria in two years, it was nice to getaway for the weekend.  Geographically, Victoria is not all that far away, but the fact that you have take a ferry (or fly) to get there makes it seem (psychologically) that further away than you are and can slip into a vacation state of mind faster. 

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