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Ten Days on the Island.

July 4th   West Jet announced on landing in Victoria. “If you wish to smoke there are designated areas in the airport.  Anyone found smoking outside of these areas will immediately be flown to Winnipeg”.  A dire threat which, I’m sure, kept everyone safely within the designated smoking areas.

Our Bed and Breakfast was all it promised to be.  Finding it, however, was not that easy.  Our GPS appeared totally confused and we travelled three times around the same traffic circle before giving up and asking someone the way.  A very kind lady, undeterred by the harassed couple who accosted her in her own driveway attempted to show us where to go but gave up in the end and led us in her car to Lochside Road from where we were easily able to find our way.

We were originally booked on the second floor but Denise, who signed us in, took one look at Richard’s cane and changed our room to the main floor.  (We used the cane with effect to pre-board our Victoria flight as well.) We went to Smitties for dinner and came back to fall, exhausted, into bed.

July 5th Woke refreshed the next morning and took some time to appreciate our room which was lovely – spacious and well appointed, with a spa tub which we made good use of. Tea coffee and snacks available in the lounge and a tasty breakfast served up in the cosy dining room.

Our breakfast table

After a late breakfast we took a drive to Sydney Waterfront and walked around taking photo’s and admiring the outdoor statues.  Returned to the B&B and then walked to 3rd Avenue Café for sandwiches and soup before returning to our room for some R & R (reading and relaxation).  At 5pm sherry was served in the lounge and we had a chance to meet and talk to some of the other guests before driving to Save on Foods for some essentials and to Odysseys, a Greek restaurant, for dinner.

6th Today we drove to Victoria and took a hop on/hop off bus from outside the Empress Hotel for a 90min ride through Victoria.  This was really worthwhile and a stress-free way to see Victoria since this was our first time back on Vancouver Island for over 20 years.

Victoria - bus ride

We then had coffee and a snack at a small coffee shop near the hotel and drove back to Sydney.  Rested and read again in the afternoon – a pattern was beginning to emerge! – the obligatory sherry during which we chatted to some guests who had just been to the Butterfly Garden and decided to follow their example over the weekend. We then walked up to the Street Market in Bailey Street where we wandered past the stalls and brought back salmon burgers for dinner.

Sydney - street market

7th After another delicious breakfast we took a walk to Beacon/4th Street to visit the Sydney Museum. They had a very interesting exhibit showing the beginnings and growth of Sidney.  We had coffee and a snack in a nearby coffee shop.

In the afternoon we drove to Eastview Drive and walked along the sea path which is closed when the ferry comes in. Later we went to the Thai Restaurant which we had had booked by the very obliging B&B staff the evening before.

We had a table outside where we could enjoy the early evening breezes.

Thai restaurant

Hundreds of gulls flew over us, bombarding our rental car but fortunately not targeting us.  When we finished eating we started back down 2nd Street and noticed that the ferry was in so we went to have a look at it before returning to our room.

8th Great breakfast again, then off to look for the Butterfly Gardens. Got onto Lockside South instead of 17 but since it eventually led into 17 not a problem.  Butterfly Gardens were lovely – spent about an hour there taking photos and looing at everything.  Drove b ack to Sidney and parked at the B&B then walked along Bevan Avenue and found a Toast Café where we had lunch.  Back in our room Richard had a nap. I tried to use the guest laptop but it had no word processor. Later we played rummy kub in the yard then sherry in the lounge where we chatted to other guests.

We went to the Boondocks Pub for our evening meal. Probably the best meal so far (other than breakfasts).  I had clam chowder and Richard a seafood fettuccine and Caesar salad.

Outside Boondocks

We drove along the seafront after we had eaten and then back to the B&B where we had coffee and spent a couple of hours chatting to Dianne and Dwayne from Calgary.

9th After breakfast we exchanged cell numbers with Diane and Dwayne from Okotoks. Today we did a road trip to Nanaimo, crossing the Malahat and stopping off in Chemainus to look at the murals and have a cup of coffee.  We waited some time for the horse and carriage tour which did not materialize then drove through to Nanaimo where we had lunch.  If we do the trip again I would only go as far as Chemainus, there was far more to see there.  After lunch we drove back, arriving at 5.30pm and opted to skip dinner.

10th We decided to have a laid-back day today. Read for a while after breakfast then drove to Eastview Road, parked the car and walked along the pathways, ending up at Beacon Landing for a lunch of seafood chowder – pricy but delicious. Back at the B&B spent most of the afternoon reading.  Denise at the B&B booked us into the Seaglass Restaurant for 6.30pm so we took a drive there at about 6pm (after sherry) and ended up at the Latch Restaurant with no one around to assist us.  Phoned for directions and retraced our steps to find Seaglass.  Lovely setting right on the yacht harbour. The meal – Halibut – was well presented and tasty although Richard didn’t want the sauce and found the fish bland without it.  Very pricy though so shall be back to pub meals tomorrow.

Sea Glass restaurant

11th Drove to Butchart Gardens today after checking out the quick way to the airport. Ended up on East Saanich instead of 17th but it led into Keating which is the road we were looking for so worked well.  The gardens were lovely and we managed to cover more than I expected.

Sydney - Buchart Gardens

Had coffee and a sandwich at the coffee shop at the gardens before driving back to the B&B. Went back to Boondocks for seafood alfredo after a game of rummy kub and a glass of sherry.

12th A really laid-back day today. Richard not feeling too well in the morning so I went for a brisk walk – about an hour up to the wharf and back down Beacon Road before returning for tea.  Both of us went for a walk again in the afternoon and then chatted to a Dutch couple, now living in Ontario, over sherry.  We then walked to Bistro Suisse for schnitzel for dinner.

13th

Our last day. Packed up after breakfast and said goodbye to our gracious hosts before leaving for the airport.  A lovely holiday in beautiful surroundings.  I suspect we will be back.

July 8, 2017 - Posted by | Living in Canada, Travels, Uncategorized | ,

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