I thought I'd share with you some of the places I visited while I was there. My friend is fairly private, so no pictures with her in them, but needless to say I had a lovely time hanging out with her and her family and appreciate them showing around the lovely part of the world they now call home.
|View along the highway to Sooke BC|
|Stained Glass in the Drawing Room|
Another great place we visited that is kind of a must, when in Victoria, is the Butchart Gardens. It is pretty pricey, but definitely worth doing at least once. I met my lovely friend Ray, from art school, at the gardens. It was great to see him again and stroll around. If you like formal gardens, or are into Victorian things, you will enjoy the gardens. It started as the private garden for the Butchart family at the turn of the century, expanded from there and is still a family owned and run business. There are several different themed gardens including a Japanese garden, a rose garden, an Italian garden etc. The most beautiful garden for me was the sunken garden made from a quarry. It reminded me of Quarry Park in Shrewsbury UK.
|The Sunken Garden|
|Ray in the Rose Garden|
One day we went to the beach, so I could see the Pacific Ocean. I've seen the Atlantic and Caribbean ocean, but never the Pacific. We went to beautiful place called French Beach. Even though the water was cold I still manged to put a foot in the water and ended up getting my shoes wet by accident, but it didn't matter, it is all part of the fun.
It was a lovely trip, as it was so nice to hang out with my bestie and get away to see another part of the world. I know this will be an annual trip, and am looking forward already to returning next year.