When my friend Simone left the cosmopolitan city of Toronto to move back home to adorable Victoria, I knew I had to visit as soon as I could. Simone is the funniest writer I know, covering all topics related to men and dating, like this hilarious “review” of bad online dating profiles. In fact, we spend so much time gossiping about bad dates, time flew by without my writing about our trip. Now it’s March. And here in California, my dog walk has become overcome with blooming flowers – spring is here! It’s reminded me of last summer, when it was still warm up in Vancouver and Victoria. So it is finally time to share! I know that the quaint town will charm you as much as it did me.
The easiest way to get to Victoria, which is on Vancouver Island off the coast of B.C. and just north of Seattle, is by ferry from the Vancouver airport. It was super-easy – and gorgeous. We were there in about an hour. The sun felt so great.
Our first stop was the world-famous Fairmont Express, which has been serving tea to royals, movie stars and other VIPs every afternoon since the hotel opened in 1908. We skipped tea service and instead went right for the signature Empress 1908 cocktail, made with tea – of course! The concoction mixes lemon, egg white, and Empress Blend 1908 tea-infused vodka. Delicious.
We spent a day strolling through Victoria. It was such a breath of fresh air, as different from the neon lights of Vegas as you could get.
My favorite part of our walking tour was Chinatown, especially the organic tea store and spa, Silk Road. I bought all kinds of tea-based goodies!
The heart of Victoria’s Chinatown is a maze of narrow alleyways, lined with knickknacks for sale and even the odd musician.
And then, of course, there’s Victoria’s famous Harbour. And we all know I’m a sucker for any town that’s right on the water.
You must make your way to charming Victoria – it was the perfect escape!
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