Parliament & Craigdarroch Castle

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Bean Around the World coffee shop. We stop here for a cup-o-jo in Victoria's Chinatown.

We started the day with an early breakfast, bananas, cereal, strawberries, cherries, plums and soy milk.  Nothing too sexy, but it offered us a quick get-a-way as we packed the car up with our stuff and headed over to the harbour for a morning stroll before hitting the Parliament Building.  Victoria harbour was less lively than the previous evening, but the laid back pace of Victorian life seemed to permiate even the sun, as is rose steadily over the clouds without a care.

We arrived to Parliament five minutes late for the 9:00am tour.  We would have to wait til 9:20am for the next one, so we headed back over to the corner of the Royal BC Museum across the street, where Thunderbird park offered a photo session of totem poles from the many First Nation tribes.

Kelly gazes dreamily into the tall dark and handsome eyes of the Chinatown Gate, sportin her coffee.
  Mostly restored or replicas of the originals, they still stood haunting and bold in the hard light of the melting morning mist.  We did not get a chance to take pictures of them the night before, as night had fallen too quickly by the time we got there.

Our tour of the building was quite nice.  It reminded me of my many previous tours of parliament buildings & government city halls and such.  The Victoria Parliament building sits stately in front of the harbour, welcoming new arrivals by water and air with a statue of Queen Victoria herself on the front lawn, erected in 1919 by the then Prince of Wales.  The design of the building was quite remarkable in my oppinion, because the architect was only 25 when he designed it, and had lied and falsified his many previous deeds in order to acquire the contract.

Masts, clouds and clear blue in Victoria.
  Still, he managed to impress even me with his attention to detail and his eye for shapes that were pleasing to the eyes, while maintaining an air of arisocracy and elegance.  Mind you this isnt on the top of my list of internationally remarkable buildings by many means, but i was not expecting such a grand and sightly spectacle in the morning, in of all places Victoria.  The teal domes on the outside match the baby blue sky perfectly.  The flag pole outside looks like it'd been designed to ward off gigantic squirrels, with dozens of cables holding it down and a giant upside-down disk in the center.  They obviously didnt want someone running off with the flag hahahaha.

We moved on to the local vendors hawking minerals and rocks of all shapes and sizes.  Katherine even found a pair of earrings and a hand bracelet to match her necklace (yellow of course hahaha).  Jewels like tears and flowers littered the flowered walkways along the water, as tourists washed over the gleaming treasures and oddities with eager eyes and hands.

Moving away from the ocean to a little hill overlooking the downtown area, we took a small self guided tour of Craigarroch Castle.

jenn79 says:
ugg, so jealous you were able to eat local chinese cuisine and great boba!! waah!!
Posted on: Sep 10, 2008
PrissyT says:
did you pretend to be wolverine? j/k!

So was that the Number 1 Beed Noodle ever?
Posted on: Sep 05, 2008
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