Day Two of Our Victoria Vacation

Day Two of our Victoria Vacation

Selfie with the sailor…

Welcome to Day two of our Victoria vacation…we headed out to do some sightseeing and show the kids the Legislature. We ran into this sailor walking along the water and I had to take a picture with him. His name was Captain (N) (Ret) John Mason, a WWII Naval veteran and he was joined by other statues from WWII…






I must backtrack a little to breakfast…we ate ate a restaurant called Willies, just a hop, skip and a jump from our hotel and on the way to the Legislature Building. Their menu has everything: eggs and bacon; waffles and pancakes; eggs benny; French toast, lunch items and all have a unique twist on them. They close at 4:00 so it’s an early dinner you’ll receive but well worth it. The food is delicious, fresh squeezed orange juice that you can watch as you enter but the prices are high…again well worth it. I didn’t have a chance to take any photos but you can visit their website at Willie’s Bakery & Cafe.

The first slide is a reunion between a Naval officer and his daughter and the others are soldiers in front of the Legislature and of course the Queen. That was our second stop on our tour of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

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The statues outside of the Legislature were awe-inspiring and emotional. My great-uncle, George Douglas Stark, was killed in combat and there is a memorial in England dedicated to him and his crew. So standing before these fallen soldiers reminded me of my Great-uncle and the sacrifice he and his crew made for me, my family and our country. Beside the statue of Queen Victoria, there was a tree and although there was a sign asking people not to climb the tree, Katarina and I couldn’t help ourselves and had to take some photos…

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I really want to emphasize how much walking we did…we walked everywhere; to eat, to the Legislature, to the mall, to Starbucks and sometimes we walked long distances to find food or Starbucks. It wasn’t always speed-walking but it was good for my health. So, back to the Legislature, we had to go through a security check which was fun, we took a lot of pictures, I got to see the back of Christy Clark’s head and I had no idea there were so many beautiful stained glass windows and inspirational quotes.

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Our Vacation to Victoria: Day One

BC Ferries to Victoria

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Hello everybody, welcome to our family Victoria vacation!!! It has been eight years since we have been able to take a vacation and it was wonderful. Pedro arranged for us to stay at this beautiful hotel across the harbor; which you will see in future posts, from the Empress Hotel and the B.C. Legislature.  

First of all, I need to thank a few people/organizations for helping me to set up my blog and get writing; SiteOrigin and their PageBuilder Widgets, Greg Narayan and YouTube for providing a platform for these people to share their knowledge. Here are all of the links: Greg Narayan’s YouTube Videos on blogging:  

Greg Narayan: How to Create a WordPress Blog – 2017 – Make Any Kind of Blog

Greg Narayan: How to Make a WordPress Blog

How to Make a WordPress Blog – DIY Blog Tutorial for Beginners

I also used SiteOrigin’s PageBuilder videos and they were really helpful; here is the link: 

Creating WordPress Blog Posts

Creating a WordPress Home Page

Creating a WordPress Menu

This link will take you to SiteOrigins Getting Started Page where you will find more helpful videos: SiteOrigin: Getting Started

We caught the ferry to Victoria and had breakfast at the buffet. In the buffet, we were able to stay for the whole trip, the food was amazing and had a great variety, Pedro was able to work, Jonathan and Katarina played on their various electronic devices and I went for a walk. It was nice to know that I could come back to the buffet and that we didn’t have to protect our seats from anyone. 

We really just needed an opportunity to relax, all of us together, so even the drive to Victoria from the ferry was easy. When we reached downtown Victoria, we found what we thought was our hotel but there are two Marriott hotels in Victoria; Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour and Delta Hotels by Marriott Ocean Pointe Resort. The latter was our hotel and as we were driving to the hotel, we could see it and it was amazing.  

 We checked in and went up to our room which was beautiful and the view of the harbour was incredible! We had two queen size beds, a tv that could play off of our electronic devices, a rain shower head, and the bathroom had shelves; we had a sitting room with two comfy chairs that looked out of this floor to ceiling window; there was a mini fridge and well I could keep on the time we were settled in it was lunch time, so we set out to discover Victoria and found this little waffle place; when I say little it was in a corner with a high counter inside and tables outside; you order your food and they bring it to you.  The name of the shop is wannawafel,, go check it out!!!

We headed back to our hotel after lunch and some more exploring, decided we were too tired for dinner so stayed in for the night. I, however, decided to explore the hotel because I wanted to check out the pool and fitness room. I was not disappointed; the pool was almost six feet at its deepest and the gym, well the gym; multiple treadmills which made me happy, multiple bikes and ellipticals, a yoga room, a squash court and a ping pong table.

I went exploring just around the hotel and found a gas station, so snacks and drinks. There was also a private Starbucks in the hotel lobby, open until eight pm, they served basic drinks but also frappuccinos. I also discovered in the lobby, two large “jugs” of water with different fruits and veggies infused in the water, one was lemonade and the other was plain water; they had strawberries, cucumbers, lemons, limes, oranges and pineapple. Katarina and I almost emptied them everyday, especially the lemonade. 

Day One comes to a close…