Take the Ferry from Seattle to Victoria, British Colombia
On the fourth day, Thursday, October 9th, at 11:00 am the ferry arrived at the port of Victoria. After lunch at the hotel's Jonathan's dining room we were off to the Royal BC Museum. Most of the group, went to the iMax theater to see the movie on the Vikings and upon exiting went to see their exhibit. For the remainder of the afternoon we enjoyed exploring the museum and learning more about the First Nation Indians who were the first settlers. After dinner our leader John took us for a twilight City Walk around the harbor.
On Friday, October 10th, after breakfast we were on our way to the Parliament building for a guided tour. For lunch we hobnobbed with the legislators in their private dining room and we know that they all eat very well. In the afternoon we went for a walk and talk learning about local artist Emily Carr.
Butchart Gardens Fall Flower Tour
On Saturday, October 11th, Fran was to realize that she would finally see Butchart Gardens In all of its fall glory . This was a dream Fran has had for many years. Until now we had perfect weather on our vacation, but when we woke up that morning it was pouring as we boarded the bus. As we got off the bus, we were given an umbrella, but it was only 15 minutes uintil God worked his Wonders. The rain stopped and beautiful clouds appeared. The water on the flowers made my photography look as if I knew what I was doing. By noon time we knew that we had been in Alice in Wonderland's Garden, but we were ready for tea and scones. Each couple received their own pot of tea and scones, but within a few minutes out came a tray of food and pastry. What a way to enjoy high tea!
Artist - Robert Bateman Centre - Victoria
Born in Toronto, Robert Bateman was a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. Bateman painted wildlife and wilderness in a representational style until his teens when he began to interpret nature using a variety of contemporary styles, including post-impressionism and abstract expressionism.
In the early 60's, Bateman discovered realism and began to develop the style that would make him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature. In the 70's and early 80's, Bateman's work began to receive critical acclaim and to attract an enormous following.
Sunday October 12th we are off to San Juan Island at Friday Harbor