Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Victory in Victoria, British Columbia

(Previously unpublished post from the Alaska Cruise in 2010.)

Our final stop on the 2010 Alaskan cruise was Victoria, British Columbia. Rob and I visited the Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre estate which hosts the famous Sunken Garden created in a former limestone quarry.

Photo opportunities abound throughout the property including innumerable varieties of trees and flowers, a snake sunning itself on a stone wall (watch where you sit!) and a hummingbird feeding.
Flamingos, koi, tropical foliage, orchids, and butterflies with wing spans ranging from one to nine inches were seen at the Butterfly Gardens. Some of the butterflies, like the one to the left, had just emerged from the cocoon and were drying out their huge wings.  Other butterflies were flitting about so quickly that it was difficult to grab their picture.

Word of caution: the controlled tropical environment can be a challenge if you are heat-sensitive. I was happy to find benches available.

Before heading back to the ship, Rob and I stopped for a “tasty beverage” (aka beer) and a bite to eat. We listened as people at the next table were discussing the business of art auctions on cruise ships. We soon realized that they were talking about the auctions on our cruise ship. Very interesting conversation.

We were hungry and probably anything would taste good, but the seafood chowder was so good at The Sticky Wicket, an English pub, that Rob and I returned during a subsequent visit to Victoria in 2011. Oh, and Rob approved of his beverage as well.

Two years have passed since Rob and I embarked on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage. The greatest memories come from the people (ladies at our dining table were a hoot), the connection with other MSers, and the time spent exploring the area. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we joined Rob’s family on another cruise to Alaska the following summer, making it a twice-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Victory in Victoria, British Columbia
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  1. That sounds like a wonderful time. Those pictures capture the essence of a beautiful place.

    1. Hi Beverly,
      The trip was wonderful. We had a great time!

  2. I'm glad you had a wonderful time in our part of the world, Lisa.

    I hope you revisit your photos & memories of those trips often - they're a wonderful stress undresser, which help to turn off the taps of stress hormones.

    Congratulations on receiving this award:

    1. Hi Marianna,

      It was a great time and lots of fun to look through the hundreds and hundreds of pictures again.

      When we returned in 2011, it was coincidentally Canada Day when we were in Victoria. Now that was a blast. I've not seen so much red worn in one place, ever. :)

      Thanks for noticing the mention of Brass and Ivory on the RA influencer list. I was surprised and honored to be included.

  3. Do you ever need a "helper" for your travels? =)

    Beautiful photos!