JULY 29, 2013 (Monday)
Did “work” things in the morning – like paying bills and getting our Worldmark account set up. We are now officially owners of Worldmark and have accounts with RCI, RCI Worldmark, and II. We’re still hopeful we will get more options for resorts during prime seasons. We’ll let you know.
Early in the afternoon we left and went down towards the pier. We ended up parking on the street (very expensive – $2.00 Canadian for 48 minutes). Plus we overpaid, not realizing that there was a 2 hour maximum. Hate wasting money! We walked over to the parliament building and they were having a tour. We were able to get some very interesting and fun information. An actor joined the tour a couple of times who talked and was dressed like she was Emily Carr, from the 1800’s. Fun.
The Provincial Coat of Arms
Our tour guide, Alicia. She did a nice job.
1 of 3 large items on the Parliament grounds. A nod to the indigenous people.
The 2nd big item on the grounds: Queen Victoria.
Tribute to the fallen Canadians from WWI, WWII and the Korean conflict.
A statue made of copper and covered in 14K Gold leaf, George Vancouver.
Inside the Rotunda, looking up.
Corridors of Power
The Parliament building is full of stained glass.
Grumpy old man at the Parliament building.
Rotunda paintings representing the four major industries: tourism, fishing, mining and lumber.
Lots of gold leaf, very well maintained.
Stained glass from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, put in storage, forgotten for 62 years, discovered, brought out and hung here.
An actress portraying Emily Carr in a one woman show appearing twice during the tour.
Tribute to Emily Carr, author, poet and entrepreneur.
After the parliament tour, we walked over to the Empress Hotel and then walked across the street to the tours and information to get some flyers. Then we walked down along the waterfront. Very interesting and fun. Flowers everywhere, music being played by street musicians, a guy painted in all different colors standing and taking pictures with the tourists. All sorts of jewelry vendors, Peruvian clothing and jewelry, pictures, food. Was fun but I was ready to leave.
The Empress Hotel. We will explore and photograph it one day this trip.
$55. for 15 minutes. The top of the line is $255 for 90 minutes.
Pretty to look at, from a time gone by.
Lined up like taxis at the airport.
Great topiary! Two different bushes to make a Killer Whale.
He was good, gave him a couple bucks.
He does a great job of looking like a statue until he scares the crap out of you.
They were having fun, we could hear the silliness and laughter from shore.
Edie bought an orange drink from this stand, 12 oz, $4.50
Queen Victoria from the rear.
There is a matching pair of these on both sides of the walk leading to the front door of the Empress.
Edie was very happy amongst all the flowers!
Two good ole’ horses!
We left and headed back for our “cave.” Michael is going to make pizza tonight for dinner.
On the way home a deer burst out of the bushes and ran into our car. Only Michael’s remarkable driving ability, almost un-human spidy-senses, awareness and cat like reflexes saved us, our car, and the deer!
I’m going to watch the finale of The Bachelorette. Hope your day is wonderful!