Thursday, 17 September 2015
17.09.2015 - 17.09.2015
A leisurely breakfast after a significant 'issue' was resolved. Last night we thought some of our laundry had gone missing. Two minutes with Rhoderic sorted that out. We thought all our laundry had been returned. The latest was still in progress containing all those 'lost' items.
Overnight we've travelled only about 85 miles and have joined two other ships in the port for Victoria, British Columbia. With passengers from all three looking to find their tour bus there was quite a crowd with some confusion as to who should be on which bus. There were no less than eleven different tours from our ship alone leaving at 09:00 with multiple buses for many of them. Plenty of opportunity for confusion.
We started with a scenic drive through the city and then North into the island. Lush green foliage despite a dry and hot summer. Our first destination was a visit to the Butterfly Gardens where many colourful butterflies fly freely amongst the people. It is difficult to photograph them when they land on the lens !!
Next was the Butchart Gardens covering 55 acres of former limestone quarry and cement factory. The entire site is beautifully landscaped into themed gardens. Profusely planted with flowers, shrubs and trees the garden has been attracting visitors for almost 100 years. Amongst the natural beauty of the plants there are a number of bronze sculptures, a carousel and two giant totem poles.
There was also an impressive array of infrastructure, including a massive car-park, rest rooms, coffee shop, restaurants and the obligatory gift shop. I've no idea what the cost of entry is, it was all included in the tour price but it certainly deserves the world famous listing and proudly reflects the efforts of the 300 person army that operates and maintains the park.
After about an hour and a half it was time to make our way to the bus leaving at least one third of the garden undiscovered. The bus drove us back to the ship's side where we considered catching the shuttle back into the city. Decided to go aboard and think about it after lunch. The idea became less attractive as our feet started to protest. A much needed 'Nanny Nap' was finally considered the preferred option or in the words of Johnny the waiter "Excellent Choice, Sir".
One of the other ships in Port today was the Golden Princess heading back to San Francisco to completing her last ten day round trip of the Inside Passage. Her next sailing is a 28 day crossing of the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney for a season of sailings from Melbourne. That's a cruise we may need to consider some time in the future.
A simple dinner in the Horizon Court and watched the 'Jewel of the Sea' leave her berth. Made our way to the Theatre in anticipation of a performance by vocalist Solomon Jaye. He was athletic and tried very hard. His songs meant nothing to me and he just didn't connect so we left about 15 minutes into his show. Spent some time recording these words and will upload this from the Horizon Court as I did last night. Seems to work better from the public areas.
With over 100 images of flowers to choose from it has been difficult to select a favourite. The overview of the Sunken Garden won the day. You can view the image by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony