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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Day 6... Victoria B.C.

Harbor view of Victoria, B.C. from the ship:

We decided to take a walking tour of Victoria; it lasted about 2 hours.
This is our tour guide, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born and raised in Victoria and is a college student. I remember her name because she had big blue eyes just like my grand daughter, Elizabeth!

This is a condo building that was built in the 1970s. Because it is on the harbor, the units are over a million dollars each. I thought it was interesting enough to post because of what we discovered about the details as we got closer.

There were carved marble heads of animals and gargoyles placed strategically around the building.

We were told that the heads serve as dryer vent covers so in the winter when the residents dry their clothes, steam come out of the mouths of the carvings. :o)

Harbor view.

This is something that a Wyoming girl doesn't see very often, houseboats! The owners live in these houses year around. On the left side of the house, in the picture, you can see a water hose, the water source for the house. :o)

Some more houseboats. I was amazed that some were two-story and had balconies.

Some were very fancy!


A harbor taxi.


Continuing our walking tour and looking back, here is a good view of the houseboats.

The next few frames are some of the flowers we saw on our tour. The camera does not capture the intensity and brilliance of the flowers. I don't remember the name of the flowers but I do remember how much in awe I was.



It was starting to get dark so we had to hurry......

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. This is a picture of the Parliament Building.


Another totem pole.

Downtown Victoria.

I call this statue Prince Albert (not in a can) but Gary said it was Captain James Cook.
That concludes the tour of Victoria and the cruise. The next day, we disembarked at Seattle, was transported to the airport. It was a very memorable trip!
Have a great weekend, everyone!

Jo

6 Comments:

  • At September 19, 2009 at 10:02 AM , Blogger Jeni said...

    Thanks for taking us along on your tour. It was full of interesting facts and beautiful pictures. Money-wise, this is a good way to see the sights, for me, anyway!

     
  • At September 19, 2009 at 10:35 AM , Blogger lolly said...

    Great pictures mom! Glad you had a great time...but you and Gary need to take ME on the next cruise. It's only right! Love you!

     
  • At September 20, 2009 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Ms. Creek said...

    Of course I LOVE those flowers! WOW! and the houseboats were REALLY cool, too! the lights around the parliment building were pretty too! thanks for taking all those pictures and showing us! i LOVE it. victoria BC is a gorgeous city!

     
  • At September 22, 2009 at 7:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Jolene,
    I enjoyed your photos. Those houseboats are cool.

     
  • At September 23, 2009 at 5:45 PM , Blogger Velvet Ginger said...

    I love harbors, and those houseboats!!!...that is way cool...that Condo is awsome too! Lovely flowers, so glad you had fun!

     
  • At September 24, 2009 at 12:10 PM , Blogger San said...

    I love the pictures, especially the houseboats. This New Mexico girl doesn't see that much either.

    Now I MUST have a gargoyle dryer vent.

     

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