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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

After Dark in Old Victoria - Swans Hotel

Just around the corner from Chinatown is this landmark heritage building, Swans Hotel, at the bottom of Pandora Street. Originally erected as a feed store in 1913, it was completely re-purposed about thirty years ago by Michael Williams, the man responsible for a number of other heritage restorations in Victoria's old town. You can read more of the history of this building by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

After Dark - Chinatown Tea and Coffee Houses

And after a delicious meal what could be better than a cup of coffee (above) or tea (below)? Though it's only a couple of square blocks, Victoria's Chinatown is another world, one well worth exploring.

Monday, January 26, 2015

After Dark - Chinatown Shops and Restaurants

I promised last week that we'd have some more Chinatown after Dark. You can buy almost anything in Chinatown, from paper umbrellas to pomegranates. You can find stuff here that you can't find anywhere else in this city - like durian or cassava. But it's not just curiosities or curios; you can also find whatever groceries you need too. And when you're tired of shopping and are hungry there's a wide range of restaurants - some specialize in noodles, others in dim sum or won ton. It's all good.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ramblin' in Saanich

I took a walk down West Saanich Road in the rain and while it's a busy road there are little glimpses of it's rural beauty if you stop to have a look. This time of year the sense of quiet waiting is palatable in the air; spring isn't here yet, but it's coming. - Fern

Saturday, January 24, 2015

After Dark - Chinatown

Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and though it's not very extensive it has a very distinctive character. Next week we'll have a look at what it's like after dark.