Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tea and Parliament

Today shall be decidedly British. A tour of Parliament House is quite interesting, albeit a tad busy. The stately building we've admired from afar is just as beautiful when we enter. A very knowledgeable guide gives a thorough tour and we are all much more informed of British Columbia's politics when we retreat. This is another must do while in Victoria.

The neighboring Empress Hotel is just as impressive and we tour the beautiful surrounding gardens as well as peek inside the elegant hallways and lobby.

Instead of tea at the Empress, which we've been told is also a must do, the busy tea room and high price ticket leads us elsewhere. We find the perfect spot at the Point Ellice House and Gardens. Afternoon tea in the gardens and a tour of the beautiful home is just what we're looking for. The home and gardens sit on the banks of the gorge and provide a breathtaking setting for the quintessential tea service. Our hostess is charming and a beautiful spread of scones, trifle and finger sandwiches accompany our delicious tea. Croquet in the adjoining garden complete the experience.

We're feeling oh, so British by the end of the day!

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