Friday, June 25, 2010

Forks or Bust: Day 21

Today we traveled from Seattle to Port Angeles.

We left Seattle around 5:00 a.m. After almost three hours in the car, we arrived at the Port Angeles Inn just before 8:00 a.m. The drive wasn't bad because we'd had so many fun days to play and relax in Seattle.

We had to hustle to make the Victoria Express, where we took a 1 hour ferry ride into Victoria, BC.

What does this have to do with Twilight? Well, it's VICTORIA. Duh.

Also, we were so close, how could we pass up this totally awesome day trip over the border?

On board the Victoria Express, we were served an early morning breakfast of eggs benedict, stuffed french toast, and blueberry pancakes.

Our first stop when we got off the ferry was Craigdarroch Castle because we heard this was a favorite place for Edward to visit.
It was built in the late 1800's by Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal.

Isn't this stained glass lovely?

This piano is in one of the gathering rooms of the castle. I believe Edward has actually played this very piano.

After the castle, we visited Butchart Gardens.

This garden (which is really several gardens in one) was created by Jennie Butchart, when the limestone quarry owned by her husband was abandoned.
There are several lovely waterfalls, as well as man-made fountains.

The paths carry your through a huge variety of flowering gardens—a Japanese Garden on the sea-side of their home; an Italian Garden was created on the site of their former tennis court; and a Rose Garden replaced a large kitchen vegetable patch in 1929.

This is part of the Italian Garden. More history here.

Then we moved on to the Butterfly Gardens.
This garden is wilder than the other Butchart Gardens, as it tries to replicate a tropical garden, with over 200 species of orchids, thousands of tropical plants.

Suan just about had a cow when we saw an actual, real, live flamingo.

I liked this garden but the vines and tropical plants sort of creeped me out. The butterflies were awesome.

Today's Travel Question:

Victoria had way too many things to do and see—and we only had one day. If you were to go visit, which of these 101 things would you make sure you did?

Leave an answer in the comments section of this post by midnight June 26 (date extended because I'm late posting) and you will be entered to win June 21 's Daily Prize.

Leave an answer in the comments section any time before July 3, 2010 and you earn 1 point toward the Grand Prize.


brendajean said...

Whale Watching! I am all about the ocean and giant sea life! (why do I reside in Utah...) *sigh*

*yadkny* said...

I would definitely walk and shop antique row.

ferretvamp14 said...

Visit the seals at Brethour Island near Sidney by the Sea, or go feed them at the Oak Bay Marina where 2-4 local seals mooch off unsuspecting tourists. Boy are they fat.

Suan said...

wow...too many choices....
butterfly garden
scenic tour
whale watching
west coast beach
roger's chocolates

Dina said...

I want to visit a castle, so Craigdarrough Castle is my 1 choice and Shop at Market Square for some goodies.