Running around Inner Harbor

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Inner Harbor in front of Parliament building
As I had missed the concert last night, I got in quite a bit of rest. 4 hours from 9pm to 1am, and then 5 more from 3:30am to 8:30am. Since we had to leave at 11am to catch the noon ferry I thought I'd see a teeny bit more of Victoria before we had to go. I got up, showered and ran around town for a bit. The cab driver yesterday had suggested I see the Parliament Buildings and Inner Harbor. This was just a few blocks away from our hotel so I made a mad dash out with my DSLR to capture the sights.

I walked down Government Street from Yates and noticed how many cute little shops were around. It's interesting to see considering LA has always been and NY is starting to get very chain-heavy.
Saw a lot of cute eateries, bike shops and grocery stores. It was really refreshing to see the bohemian/individualness of downtown Victoria. I had a lot of fun just walking by the stores.

When I reached inner harbor, it was much more touristy but very beautiful. If you can make it to this area, you will find enough to occupy you for a couple of days. There are tourism booths sets up in this area offering sailing trips, whale watching trips, kayaking - you name it! And the store sold funny things like "moose poop" (chocolate) and Native American themed paraphernalia. Then of course there were the fancy jewelry stores and fine clothing stores that I obviously have no interest in. ;)

The inner harbor is a really lovely open space right in front of the Houses of Parliament which are gorgeous.
Parliament Building
It's nicely surrounded by manicured lawns, tended flower gardens and plaques of .. old captains? It's definitely worth a visit and probably an excellent place to picnic. I took the longer route back to the hotel to walk along the waterfront, but there is much less there than on government street. I did just happen to catch a seaplane taking off, which was cool!

When I was almost back to the hotel I happened upon a little alley off to the side and wanted to see what was there. I walked by this restaurant that looked very cool and decided to stop in for some hotcakes. The menu was scrumptious and all their ingredients were organic and sounded very interesting. I walk in and it's the most brilliant little nook I could have dreamed of! Nice green walls with bright red tiled floors.
seaplane!
Tables were draped in matching but different brightly colored tablecloths and everything looked stunning! It all had that nearly impossible but much-sought-after quality of being original/hand-picked but matching and complementary. It seemed like everything set everything else off but was harmonious rather than chaotic. It was just an impossible place to be.

And so I got hotcakes with some berry sauce and vanilla-bean flavored creme fraiche. You see what I mean about impossible things being harmonious? Hotcakes were great - would've probably been better had I had time to eat there! But it was great and the place was packed which was a feat in itself considering the streets of Victoria were not very busy.

I got back just in time to check out and make our way to yet another ferry! This one going from Victoria to Vancouver where I had no plans or agendas whatsoever.

Biglush_23 says:
You take some brilliant pictures ^^ makes my pix of Victoria seem touristy hahahaha! Doesnt the air out there smell wonderful?
Posted on: Sep 07, 2008
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Inner Harbor in front of Parliamen…
Inner Harbor in front of Parliame…
Parliament Building
Parliament Building
seaplane!
seaplane!
Cool little shops - and lots of Ko…
Cool little shops - and lots of K…
Is that not the strangest caption/…
Is that not the strangest caption…
Pretty gold lamppost!
Pretty gold lamppost!
Inner Harbor
Inner Harbor
Empress Hotel
Empress Hotel
about to take off!
about to take off!
FB having a thoughtful moment..
FB having a thoughtful moment..
Victoria
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