Parliament & Craigdarroch Castle
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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.
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.
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.