AUGUST 9, 2013 (Friday)
Another beautiful day in Victoria, B.C.
Michael and I ventured out around noon and found plenty of parking behind the Royal B.C. Museum. It cost $9.00 for four hours but worth it to be so close. We went inside and got our tickets. I wanted Michael to do the IMAX experience but he opted not to. The two tickets for us were $43.20.
We went into the gift shop downstairs looking for Barry, the man who had told us about the Victoria Splash. Without him we would not have known about that wonderful experience! He wasn’t there. Then we walked up to “The Last Place on Earth” exhibit. This is a huge exhibit with actual artifacts from the expeditions. Scott and Amundsen’s personal effects, actual tools and many photographs. No pictures allowed.
There was also another one about climate change. Then upstairs to all those exhibits. A lot to take in but all wonderful. What I really enjoyed was talking to a professor in the “Chinatown” exhibit who had some interesting things to share about Chinatown. A film crew was filming him too. Fun.
We were exhausted after about three hours of walking and looking and reading. We were done. Wish we could have taken in more but we were in overload by that time.
We walked over to the harbor and ran into Plaster Man. I think it’s the same guy that is all painted up but today he was in total white. Good to know he can “mix it up.” Maybe he’s getting his paint clothing cleaned or something.
We walked down further and ran into the most interesting street performer we’ve seen. His name is Just Akton (or something similar). He was fantastic. He did balance, juggling, unicycle, comedy – great! Glad we just happened upon him and got to see him perform.
After that we walked along and went up the steps in search of food. Michael and I were getting hungry. We went across the street to Sam’s Deli. Had a wonderful vegetarian sandwich, bowl of fruit, and a lemon bar for dessert. All fresh and wonderful.
After lunch I made Michael walk down to a store I had seen the night of Victoria Splash that I made a mental note of wanting to go back. It’s a traveler type store and I thought it would have some new ideas but nothing. Was a waste of our time but a nice long walk that we needed (at least I kept telling Michael that).
We headed back towards the Museum and went into the Helmcken house. The volunteers in the home were very knowledgeable and fun. The house is much bigger than it looks and was quite interesting.
As we were heading back to our car I saw Barry, the man who told us about Victoria Splash. We had a nice talk and thanked him for sharing. He gave us more information too. Was meant to be to see him just before we left.
We headed home but stopped at a little bakery down the hill a bit called Oh La La. We’re looking at cupcakes for dessert tomorrow so we put an order in for a few. They sure look good, hope they are.
That was our day. Hope yours was wonderful!