Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rail Trip and Northwest Vacation, Part 2

Part 2 of our Rail Trip and Northwest adventure began with a three hour early morning ferry ride from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia.  Coffee, yogurt, granola, and muffins never tasted so good when I finally realized I wasn't going to be a motion sickness victim.

The Olympic Mountains taken from the back of the ferry.

In front of Inn at Laurel Point where we stayed.

See that backpack?  That's my version of roughing it.  It was easy to pack a change of clothes and all the necessities for just one night and leave the rest of the luggage at the hotel in Seattle.  Just one problem....they cancelled the ferry the following afternoon because of high winds.  We had the option  to take another ferry north to Vancouver and then get on a bus to Seattle....again.  Thanks, but no thanks!!  An extra day in Victoria even without clean clothes was the obvious choice.

Finally a sunny day.
Victoria Clipper with The Empress Hotel in the background.
View from the hotel room balcony.

Next time I'd love to stay at this bed and breakfast.

Bard and Banker Scottish pub.  They have the best fish and chips I've ever good that we ate lunch here twice.


My Mounty buddy.

The world famous Fairmont Empress in Victoria's Inner Harbour.
Built between 1904 and 1908.

Atrium at The Empress.  This is even more beautiful in the spring and summer.

I didn't get a chance to have Afternoon Tea the last time I was here, so it was definitely on our agenda.  They always recommend reservations, but it really wasn't necessary in January.  

$378 for a bottle of champagne!!  I'll stick to tea.

Cup after cup of tea....I floated out.

The little sandwiches were on the bottom plate, raisin scones, jam and cream in the middle, and pastries on top.  It was an excellent experience and the food was delicious.

We played the part of registered guests and took ourselves on an inside walking tour of The Empress.  We never saw another person in the hallways and unfortunately couldn't access some of the areas without a hotel key card.
A little spooky.

BC Parliament buildings at night with the inner harbour in the foreground.

A daytime view of the Parliament buildings taken from inside the Royal British Columbia Museum.
Construction began in 1893 and was completed in 1896.

The Royal British Columbia  Museum was a great place to explore on our second day.  We spent about three hours in here and only left because it was closing time.  I reached too far over the railing when I took this picture and accidentally sounded the alarm.  A man came out of a hidden room and immediately started giving us the evil eye.  Oh sure, where would I stash one of those typewriters?

What a great way to travel.
It would have been nice to come home with a suitcase full of treasures, but I can do my junking anywhere.  Enjoying the moment, the adventure, the laughs, and fun times with my good friend was priceless.
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