Well it’s been fifty-three weeks since our last trip and we start on a totally new journey for us …… revisiting our favorite places from our past days together.
Oversea trips will have to wait, Gerda can’t get travel insurance until she has stable health for at least a year. Since it has been only 6 months from the surgery, 4 months from radiation and the chemo is daily pills ….. we will travel in Canada to maintain our health insurance. If we lived in the USA, health costs would have bankrupted us by now. So we move on to what we love , travel …..
Similar but different.
So rather than drive for three days to the coast and take a ferry to Vancouver Island …. we fly. Rather than rough it in a tent on the hard ground … we hotel-it. Rather than cook over an open fire pit … we hit the local eateries.
First stop – Victoria, capital of British Columbia. Established in 1843, it became the capital in 1868. So it is a “young” country in terms of settlement. Why do I bring this up? because some of the businesses in the area near the harbour are in buildings dating back to the late 1800’s ….. see – still young! unlike Europe or a lot of other places in the world.
Our hotel, the Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites is quite nice. Way more space than we expected.
Living room, kitchen, two queen bedroom, large bath and balconey.
The only minor detraction was the huge screen netting hiding the front during their renovations …. made finding the place more difficult.
A little noisey during the day because of renovation, but reasonable after 5, although the ferry foghorn goes off very early in the morning. Overall I certainly would recommend the suites.
Next a walk to the harbour and back. Short rest for Gerda to go on another walk in the early afternoon. Rather than walk to Mile “0”, we decided to drive, but we end up at the Fishermans Wharf. So we had their famous fish & chips ……. well time has changed the place and not necessarily for the better. More houseboats, more eateries and less access to the fishermen … but the fish & chips are still the best. Plus the entertainment was fabulous!
We followed this stop with a drive along the shoreline ……..
A walk through the driftwoood ….
A nap back at the hotel ……
Another walkabout to find dinner …..
……. in Chinatown ……
Followed by a summary of the RIO Olympics on TV and a nightime view from the balconey.
… and then a ferry …..
Next stop – August 18 in Tofino – 320 km (200 miles) north-west of Victoria …… see you there.
Sorry Darcee …. no dogs ….. just seals.