We're in Victoria tonight. It's been quite an incredible day. Art mentioned how we used to love taking the kids on trips because everything was new and wondrous to them and we could enjoy it through their eyes again. Now we're enjoying that experience again, seeing each magnificent thing through my mother's eyes.
We left Vancouver very early to catch the 8:30 AM Tsawwassen Ferry...
...and arrived at the Butchart Gardens by around 11:00.
"I thought Stanley Park was the most beautiful place I'd ever seen," my mother said, "but this place incredibly surpasses it."
We decided to buy the Spring Lunch offer and was glad we did. It was very elegant and delicious. Mom and I loved our potato puree with scallops and water cress soup.
Art enjoyed his mussels.
The grilled salmon atop the cobb salad was scrumptious. OK... I admit it! It was the bacon I loved!
Yes, yes! I did take another million photos of flowers! I just couldn't help myself. When we went to our hotel and downloaded the photos my mom asked several times if I was done because she wanted to see all the flowers again.
The sunken garden was magnificent! Mom kept gasping at the beauty all around her. The contrasting colors of the flowers, the variety of plants and creativity of the landscape architects absolutely astounded her.
When Mom saw the hanging cherry flowers, she remarked that she felt like she was dreaming because it was all too lovely for words.
We had to leave because Mom's legs were bothering her. We promised her that we would come back tomorrow. We made a stop at the Victoria Butterfly Garden where the wonder of having butterflies and birds all around her was another fascinating experience.
Art is such a sweetheart. He actually lifted Mom the other day to see something forgetting that she wasn't really our seven year old daughter of some 25 years ago. I know he nearly threw his back out.
There weren't just butterflies there. This bird really surprised me. It wasn't afraid of me at all but kept staring at me with his/her large eyes framed by orange eyelashes.
We're staying at the Executive House Hotel in Victoria tonight and tomorrow. It's a suite and just gorgeous.
It even has a kitchenette. I'm so excited. We went to the market and bought breakfast for tomorrow and some dinner for tonight.
I'm going to bed late again but I just had to share this day with you all. Tomorrow, we've got the B.C. Museum, a walk through the Empress Hotel which is a block away and back to the Butchart one last time. Although it cost $26.00 per person today, it will be just $3.50 tomorrow. I sure hope it will be a sunnier day. You know I need more photos!
And Mom is excited about seeing it all again! Hopefully with better light. Although it was overcast... it's still better than rain. We've been awfully lucky so far.