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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada



Our last day of the cruise was spent in Victoria, British Columbia, one of many beautiful cities we have visited.  The ship docked at the port in late afternoon on Friday.  We had to be aboard by 10 pm or get left behind.

The shuttle bus stop took us on a short ride into Victoria's harbor.  The large building in the first photo (with the dome) is the parliament building for British Columbia.  It has over 3,000 lights that come on after night, seen here.


The weekend in Victoria was the "Duce" convention and "The Busker" fair.  The "Duce" is the duce-coup get-together so the city was filled with more than 200 vintage 30's, 40's and 50's automobiles from all over the world.  A "busker" is another name for street performers: musician, actor, juggler, human statues, etc. There were a lot of them.  Our favorite is Dave Harris, a one-man band.  We've heard him before and he is really fun to watch.  Here is a link to a You Tube video someone made of his performance.

http://www.youtube.com/user/DslimHarris









We walked around enjoying various acts and then caught the shuttle bus back. We finished up with our bags and color coded them "purple" for an 8 am disembarkation.  The next morning they'll be waiting dockside in the "purple" section!  Want a suggestion for cruise traveling?  Never use a black suitcase because 85% of the suitcase are black. The "black baggage" section is very big and very busy!


Check out the back seat driver!
We were up early on Saturday morning and off the ship by 8:15.  We found our airport transportation and got there by 10 am. Good thing too! The lines were long.  The flight was uneventful to Houston. That's always a good thing too!
The Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC, built in 1910, is a Victorian landmark.

Home sweet Home! Thank you, Susan Lipkin, for taking such sweet good care of Tanner.  I'm sure he missed sneaking up top on the bed with you!






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