Craig and I escaped for THREE lovely nights and FOUR days without ANY kids this past weekend!
The above photos capture the absolutely stunning Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC.
We are very fortunate to live within ferry distance of Victoria. You may remember this is where we went last year when our trip to Ireland was cancelled due to the Iclandic volcano.
(And where we got engaged!)
that really does it justice!
I have always wanted to stay here,
ever since I was a little girl! It is an incredible period piece, and if you love the feel of an elegant English Country Manor, this is your place! It opened in 1908, I believe, and there are photos everywhere of English Royalty as they visited through the years. Very elegant and a truly memorable place to stay! And ohhhh soooo romantic!
The parliament building was designed by the same architect that designed our hotel, Frances Rattenbury and they are situated kitty corner from each other, so the two blocks are just a joy to walk along and just take them in! Incredible attention to detail!
We walked and walked and walked each day, for hours at a time, shopping a bit, but mostly just enjoying the sights and each other's company. We held hands for hours, strolling along with the requisite starbucks, ducking in and out of shops, grabbing a snack or lunch when we wanted! Then back to the hotel to rest up and just veg, watching TV together or reading, or quite frankly, taking a mid-day nap, something we never get to do in real life. Then we glamoured up for dinner, or drinks, whatever we were up for.
We dined really well every night and had the most memorable evening at an Irish pub where the young man that was heading up the live band blew us away with all our favorite Van Morrison tunes, and many more great songs from a bit 'back in the day'! "-)
This is another view of our hotel, The Empress ~ she is so very grand, isn't she? the ivy growing all over the facade was not yet leafed out, but the gardens, lawns, and spring flowers were in full parade. The Canadians, much like the English, really know how to garden!