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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Architecture in Black and White

Fern posted an interesting photo last week and since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, here is my take on another important downtown building. I will leave it to Fern or any other Victoriaphile to identify the building. (C'mon - you've all seen it!)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Victoria Day Parade 3 - Wheels

Lots of different kinds of wheeled vehicles in the parade. And though I neglected to get a photo, I was pleasantly surprised by the large number and variety of electric vehicles in this parade. People are becoming enthusiastic about these and manufacturers are finally waking up to this. Below, it was nice to see a little girl riding one of these muscular little dirt bikes.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Victoria Day Parade 2

Many civic organizations were in the parade as usual but one of the most impressive groups were the marchers representing the Falun Dafa organization. I understand this organization is a type of Buddhism. What captured my attention was how enthusiastic and energized these marchers looked.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Victoria Day Parade

Not surprisingly, Queen Victoria's birthday has a special significance here in her namesake city. Consequently I have been a bit disappointed in the last few years' parades. It seemed to me that participation was down and the enthusiasm was lacking. This year, however, I thought the parade was much improved, a little more of everything. Victoria Day is the kick-off day for the summer season and from now until October nearly every weekend will see some special event or festival taking place. Next weekend is the Swiftsure Yacht Race. Above is one of the many marching bands that participated in the parade, as they marched past Victoria's City Hall. This is the Klamath Union High School band from Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

After & Before

I mentioned that the new owners have been refurbishing the Empress Hotel. Above is what it looked like this weekend. Below is what it looked like seven years ago.