Thankfully, we recovered well, and crammed the following into the next very full days: City tour, Butchart Garden tour, Jazz Festival, open air market, street performances, Empress Hotel tour, Canada Day festivities, horse and carriage ride, Museum tour, souvenir shopping, a walk through Chinatown, bumped into this gorgeous celebrity that left me starstruck, (funny sidenote- my man didn't realize she was famous and tried asking her for a restaurant recommendation. Hysterical.) toured an historic 100 year old cathedral, located two other historic churches, walked eleventy hundred miles, waited out a rainstorm in a Starbucks, soaked up a ton of British and Canadian history, gave many a pep-talk to cranky and fighting kiddos (keepin' it real) made friends with a horse named "Michael," stumbled upon a historic convent/school while looking for restrooms, and then finally, at the very end of our trip, (when we were completely exhausted and literally sitting on a bench not talking, not moving, just staring at the people and waiting for our ferry boat) we bumped into a sweet Lemonade Makin' Mama blog reader. (So fun!)
We rolled into Seattle late last night and everyone dropped the minute we walked in the house. (I had my phone off for three days to avoid Canadian roaming charges, and I can't tell you how heavenly that was. A real vacation from it all. I can't remember the last time I was forced to do that.) So now...in no particular order, here are just a few photos. And when I say a few... what I really mean is lots and lots of photos... and I make no apologies. (grin)
Butchart Gardens- this used to be a limestone quary.
Creepy carosels. I can't escape them.
I think I need this workout.
100 year old tree.
Really happy children.
My favorite place in almost all the land. We didn't stay here on this trip because we weren't visiting during the off season, and the rates are higher.
Inside the Empress at High Tea. Sadly, full of gluten.
Watching a street performer juggle knives and fire.
Famous Fan Tan Alley.
The Empress at twilightSo that's it friends... I could do about seventeen more photo heavy posts, but I've got a load of laundry taller than I am, to get cracking on. It sure was good to be away.... but it's even better to be home.
Next up will be my June 365 and I think I've got the linky thing figured out if you want to play along. Remember, there are no rules, just link up your June photos- as many or as few as you have!