May 22, 2009
Legislative Building from across the inner harbor at night:The Empress Hotel: After seeing a few absolutely beautiful, colorful, and lively places in Hawaii, the ship set sail for Vancouver, Canada, for a night, and then to Victoria, Canada, where it stayed for 2 weeks of maintenance. I stayed in Victoria almost the whole time to have more time with Takis. It ended up being a really fun town. There's a wide range of people - ages, ethnicities, languages - and there is really something for everyone. We visited a castle, went to an Imax about under water life, went to an under water aquarium, shopped, walked around the inner harbor, ate too much, and frequented 2 irish pubs on the main street. The irish pubs were one of our favorite places - they had a great atmosphere, live music every night, and many different types and flavors of beers. What more could you ask for? A lot of the restaurants took pride in their seafood as well, as they should, being steps from the water. We also went to the Madam Tussaud British wax museum. There were lots of English royalty, as well as historic american heroes. Unfortunately we missed the Bug Museum - decided to save that one for next time. I'm glad I didn't pass up seeing this lovely place... and the extra time with my bo of course!
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