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Victoria (BC) - July Trip Recap Pt1

Saturday, August 10, 2013

July 27th - 0445 AM emoticon emoticon emoticon Time to go...
We are on our way to British Columbia.
Itinerary :
- Flying from Toronto to Vancouver.
- Catching a bus and the Ferry to Vancouver Island.
- Renting a car downtown Victoria so we can get around for a few days before we will depart for our hiking trip on the West Coast trail (next blog!)...
- Checking in at the Officer's Mess in Esquimalt and spending some time with Sydney (my step daughter).

Our travel there was great. Dropping our bags at the airport went fast (good thing we were not overloaded!) and we had a very smooth flight. I snacked on light popcorn (that I carried with me in my purse!) - way cheaper than buying something en route!

Once we arrived at the Vancouver Airport, getting our bags took almost 30 min so we missed our bus/ferry. emoticon

So we walked around the airport and got a lunch (I had a large pho soup - veggies no noodle), grabbed a coffee and Jeff closed his eyes for 15 min! I like this airport, especially the autochthone art on display. This giant sculpture is one of my favorite.

We finally got into the bus and transfer to the ferry. I really enjoy the ferry trip, especially in a sunny day! You are on board for a little more than one hour but time goes so fast... This is a nice way to unwind.

I particularly enjoy looking at the ocean and the islands sitting outside on the deck. I remember how fortunate, back in 2005, I felt to be there. ( I was grieving the lost of my beloved grandpa Leo and I was starting my treatments against cancer) This place gave me hope; I felt loved and at peace! It was a nice to experience it again...

As a snack, we ate GIANT chocolate chips (almost bars!) cookies ...

Not too sure how to track this accurately! emoticon but it was yummi!!! emoticon

We made it to our destination... and were welcomed as always by the locals!

One thing that I always do whenever we travel somewhere is checking the food channel website to see what restaurant and food discovery I should try!

The pick for dinner was on the show - You gotta eat here/Food Network Canada.
We went to a Polish Restaurant - Skinnytato. It was very good and different (a little pricy but... who cares? It is a special night, we don't often get to spend time with Sydney!)

I had a leek soup
and a Potato Pancake (extra-large potato pancake!!!) folded and stuffed with spinach and feta, served with three salads - red cabbage and apple, coleslaw and potato salad.
All is so fresh and of course made from scratch!

We went to bed early (BC time) - late (central time!)... That was a long day.

P.S. I will catch up with my sparkfriends very soon! Thinking of you emoticon
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    Looks like a great time!!!
    1714 days ago
    Fun and yum!!!
    1715 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    What an awesome trip!
    1715 days ago
    I will be taking a long ferry ride next week ... two in fact, one to Coll Isle on Friday, run a half marathon on Saturday afternoon, then ride back to Oban on Sunday. That's in Scotland.
    1715 days ago
    Love the ferry ride- could sit on the deck all day ( in the sun of course) always nice to see the country through the eyes of someone on the road- you see things 'hometown' people sometimes miss. Thanks for sharing the eating experiences too- always a challenge when travelling. Looking forward to your post of the West Coast Trail
    1715 days ago
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