We had lovely warm weather throughout our entire stay in British Columbia, but it was particularly fine in Victoria. One of the highlights of the trip was Butchart Gardens, which were spectacular. I took a liking to their dahlia garden, but they have a really fragrant rose garden, and even a carousel. You can have lunch or afternoon tea there, and you can also go in the evening, when they apparently have parts of the gardens illuminated.
We couldn’t stay for that, however, because we had reservations for tea at the Empress hotel.
The Empress hotel also has a Miniature Museum which we decided to check out—it was impressive. Check out the video of the last and largest exhibit, about the Barnum and Bailey circus. The museum has a collection of 80 miniature exhibits, from dollhouses to WWII tableaus, to the granddaddy of them all—The Circus Comes to Town.
We also wandered around the harbor area in Vancouver, and checked out the parliament buildings, the harbor, and Chinatown.
Also, this might have happened:
I’m sure it looks kind of creepy from where you’re sitting (the pig looks kinda weird to me now too, I can’t remember what flavor that was), but I’d never seen gelato sculpture before. We got gelato here a couple of times. The hedgehog (with blueberry eyes and a cherry nose) was nutella. I tried their peanut butter chocolate, too. David got pumpkin and butter pecan, I think. The second time we split a Belgian chocolate and coconut. We’re economizing.
One final note: you might have noticed some pictures of our traveling companion, Mr. Bee. He is an ambassador of sorts, a version of Flat Stanley (if you know who that is) for our dear friend A, who is six. His school mascot is a bee, and so we are bringing Mr. Bee with us. Once Mr. Bee has seen the world, A should have one heck of a show and tell.