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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hidden Gem

Victoria has a lot of restaurants but here's one that many visitors to the city (residents, too) may miss because of its location. It is the dining room at the Legislative Assembly Building. It's actually in the Legislature on the lowest floor. It's not well signposted or advertised and, to be frank, it's a bit difficult to find - several doors and stairways need to be negotiated - though security staff are very helpful in pointing out the way. However, the ambience and service are exceptional (look at those linen napkins!), the menu is varied, the food is excellent and the prices are about half what you would expect in such a venue (three of us had a splendid lunch with wine for $50 and change).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Field Trip

I had occasion to visit the Legislative Assembly Buildings on Wednesday and happened to notice this group of kids on a field trip. Though the concept is not new to me, when I cast my mind back to my own school days I cannot ever remember taking a field trip. I'm glad modern children get a break from classroom walls from time to time.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Air Horns

As well as colorful and fantastic, parades are usually noisy - sometimes too noisy for little ears. The sirens on our local fire trucks were OK but whenever the air horns let out a blast this little boy plugged both ears.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Victoria Day Parade

Congratulations to everyone who guessed the answer the yesterday's question correctly. Of course all those people and many more along Douglas Street were awaiting the annual Victoria Day Parade. Victoria Day has always been a special day in this city named after the young queen and the parade contained most of what you would expect, including the Shriner's ever-popular clowns.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Victoria Day

Here's a bunch of Victorians perched along Douglas Street on Monday. What are they doing?