Mishele and I just celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary! Actually, we started dating 26 years ago. Amazingly, she has put up with me for that long.
We decided to treat ourselves to a short family adventure, but without the whole family (ie. no kids). We even left the dog, Albie, behind, which he is still sulking about. We went back to one of our favorite weekend get-away places, Victoria. I have posted about it before, but wanted to let everyone share in some fond memories.
We were very glad to see that this quaint little capital city nestled on the southern tip of Vancouver Island has only gotten better over time. Downtown is a treasure hunt of unique shops and upscale retailers with many tasty eateries. I recommend the Beaver Tail if you have a sweet tooth (602 Broughton Street). Of course, The Empress is still impressive. We keep saying that the next time we are going to stay there. We stayed at the convenient, and more affordable, Harbor Towers, which is very nice. The staff was amazing and made us feel very welcome. Plus the view from our room was spectacular.
We had a very delicious dinner at a wonderful Greek restaurant called Millos (716 Burdett Avenue). The atmosphere and food were both amazing. Later that evening, we took a romantic stroll along the water front to take in the magnificent scenery. Along the way Mishele bought some chopped-up herring from a vendor at Fisherman’s Wharf to feed an extremely eager harbor seal. They are like adorable puppies of the water. By his tame nature and round girth, I think he was well accustomed to animal loving tourists giving out free meals. I guess begging from sympathetic humans is easier than chasing down your own meal.
The next day we took the short bus ride to Butchart Gardens. They are an inspiration to any aspiring gardener and intimidating to the rest of us husbands who have to help their green-thumbed wives. Just meandering through the lush landscape is relaxing.
Unfortunately, the M.V. Coho only makes the run from Port Angeles, WA, to Victoria twice a day during the off season. So, we had to catch the last sailing or be stuck in Canada for another day. It was tempting…
Four our 23rd wedding anniversary we will have to go back to Europe!