which were impossible to capture in flight, so here are a few still pictures.
We window shop and shop shop often at the Bay Centre in Victoria BC. It’s close to the marina and Ogden Point where the cruise ships dock so the whole area is swarming with tourists and street entertainers and food carts and horse drawn carriages and pedicabs and…. Lively and entertaining everywhere you look.
Saturday this is what caught our eye as we meandered through the mall.
Everyone doing their part and maybe we really can clean up the mess we have made of our planet.
Once again we’re at the Christmas Tree Festival in Victoria, BC and we say:
Merry Christmas !
from the book club.
Feliz Navidad !
Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season.
Riding the water taxi home from downtown Victoria, BC, we see a … a … pirate ship? No cannon, no skull and cross bones on their flag, but a motley crew that can only be described as … pirates.
A quick check on the Internet and we find that it’s a ship theatre! http://caravanstage.org/amarazee/
The Cloudbreak can be leased, so collect your pennies and 11 friends — a week is only $1.1 mil Canadian.
Exploring Victoria, BC is always a treat for you never know what you’ll find around the next corner.
Fort Rodd Hill,
a coastal artillery fort, designed to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base, was built by the British in the 1890’s. Three gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses, barracks and searchlight emplacements remind us of a bygone era.
The lighthouse glimpsed in the first picture is the first lighthouse on Canada’s west coast. It’s still in operation although there hasn’t been a keeper here since the light was automated in 1929.
Built by the British in 1860, when Vancouver Island was not yet part of Canada, Fisgard’s red brick house and white tower has stood faithfully at the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour. Once a beacon for the British Royal Navy’s Pacific Squadron, today Fisgard still marks home base for the Royal Canadian Navy.
Dragon Alley connects Fisgard and Herald streets. Originally, there were two passageways through buildings that Michael Hart constructed on each street in 1890. The Hart’s Fisgard Building replaced a wooden hut once owned by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The Hart’s Herald Building was constructed as a stable and carriage repair shop. In 1910, Quan Yuen Yen and Joe Gar Chow purchased both buildings, and in 1912 they built a three-section, two-storey lodging house between the two Hart buildings intersected by a north-south passageway that connected to the two walkways through the Hart buildings. This route through the three buildings is now known as Dragon Alley. In 2000-2001, Moore Paterson Architects of Victoria won architectural and heritage awards for their conversion of the derelict central Quan Yuen Yen building into updated live-work townhouses.
And this is what Dragon alley leads to now.
These were found under the overpasses on the Galloping Goose Trail – for more about this hiking / walking / biking trail see Here
Under the overpass – one
Under the overpass – two
Victoria has it all. Flowers, boats, owls (see below) … and a pumpkin patch. Of course we have to take the munchkin so she can pick her own pumpkin.
My last post was a picture of an owl in downtown Victoria. There are many myths about owls. Here’s what my friend in Nigeria had to say.
Well, some people — my dad’s mother included — believe that the sudden appearance of an owl anywhere near a person’s home is a sign of bad luck or impending doom. Not everyone gets to see the sign. As for my grandma, she believed occultists/those who practiced juju used these birds as a travel medium to see their enemies or hunt their victims.
And, after tomorrow, we turn our attention to Christmas.