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Dear All

First of all, apologies for the lack of communication.

Now I've finally managed to get some access, albeit not the most stable, I'll forward these as I can.

Internet coverage has been less than desired. The last hotel we were staying at had free Wi Fi but it was really unstable and I had major difficulties even loading a page. Of course being blessed with so much patience and tolerance, I took all of that in my stride as I threw the toys out of the cot and spat the dummy! First world problem then!

Apart from the internet issue, The Grand Pacific hotel is a magnificent place to stay. Some semblance of Art Deco in the design which I totally love. I guess the fact we were staying in a top shelf room helped and the view was also wonderful. The room overlooked the harbour you could see the place was a hive of activity. Tourism seems to be a mainstay of Canada. Everything is geared up for it. You should see the little water taxis they have here. They look like little remote control toys. I’ve got a glimpse of a couple in some of the photos and I’ll try to remember to load them onto the blog. They call them Pickle boats over here and that is what they look like.

We started off our second last morning of the bus tour with a walk around Butchart Gardens. Joyce (Mother) would’ve approved. There are 55 acres which might just be enough to keep her occupied. I can just see Joyce whizzing around the garden in one of the John Deere buggies screaming off to the Tuberous Begonias with yet another load of mulch. The grin would be miles wild and everyone would be running, screaming for their lives from the woman on a mission!

I had the breakfast of a life time there. I never realized there could be such a wild variation on French Toast but you learn something new every day! I asked for the Brioche and a plate was plonked down in front of me with half a loaf of bread, toasted, with Maple Syrup dripping down over it with a few berries and half a carton of cream. Funny thing, all of a sudden it just disappeared! I dunno either! Remember those Kilo’s? Their finding their way back! Little devils!

After that we went for a spot of Whale Watching. Not a bad tour but I must say, when the day is so blue sky yet icy, you realize there are definitions of cold and f****g freezing. Especially on the bow of the boat. Still, wouldn’t have missed it for the world. One of the dominant male Orca’s actually did some “spy hopping” ! He kept on bobbing up having a look at those funny things called humans which were snooping on him having a bit of fun with his ladies.

We finished off the night with a Farewell dinner at which there was well recognized appreciation for Linda, the Tour Director and Kate, our fearless bus driver.

Talk soon

Cheers

Bryan and Ron

Posted by BeeandRon 10:04 Archived in Canada Tagged travel

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