We had great fun yesterday in downtown Victoria.  We ordered a room service breakfast to start the day…just because we could!  Let me tell you, the room service at The Inn on Laurel Point is great!  So is the food!  Once again, we were so hungry we ate before taking a photo.  I make a lousy food photo journalist!

Plane arriving, boat leaving.

Plane arriving, boat leaving.

Garden along the walkway by the ocean.

Garden along the walkway by the ocean.

Rhododendrons in bloom!

Rhododendrons in bloom!

We were well stoked for our day of walking.  First we walked on the walkway by the harbour for a while.  Then we took the car a ways up Douglas Street towards downtown.  Parked it and walked a few blocks.  Checked out the Rocky Mountain Confectionary for a caramel apple.  Then checked out the Irish Store.  And then Munro’s Books.  We have a weakness for bookstores… 🙂

Had lunch at the Market on Hudson.  We wandered through the market a few times, and finally the lady from the Community Kitchen surmised what we were up to – checking out  what would make a good lunch.  She came out with a big smile and started selling us on her Thai food.  I had to chuckle.  In the end she convinced us to share a very good Pad Thai.

We walked back to the car and went for a drive through Beacon Hill Park, stopping for a photo shoot.

View from Beacon Hill Park.

View from Beacon Hill Park.

View from Beacon Hill Park.

View from Beacon Hill Park.

View from Beacon Hill Park.

View from Beacon Hill Park.

Came home for a nap.  All the walking was tiring me out!  Hubby was up before me and making noises that indicated I’d better get up too! 🙂

He had plans…so we walked to the Robert Bateman Centre a few blocks away and enjoyed an hour going through the exhibits before it closed.  I wished I had more time, and ear buds for my iPhone.  They have an app of Robert Bateman telling about each of the pieces of his work.  It was great!  But it disturbed other visitors to the Centre, so I used it sparingly.

One of the features of one of the galleries at the Centre were sound recordings of birdsong to accompany the paintings of different birds.  The place sounded like a veritable jungle when everyone got in there passing their hands over the sensors that initiated the birdsong!

We walked back to The Inn and spent time deciding where to have supper.  One of the difficulties with The Inn is their dining room is somewhat smallish and there is a notice up to make reservations ahead of time, even for breakfast.   We decided we would explore the environs a bit.  After all, we are within walking distance of Fisherman’s Wharf and the eateries there.

Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria, B.C.

Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria, B.C.

Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria, B.C.

Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria, B.C.

So last evening we walked down to the Wharf and found The Fish Shop.  I wanted a salad with salmon and I got it.  Hubby had the tuna wrap and loved it!  Wonderful food and wonderful entertainment by two harbour seals looking for handouts.  They didn’t get any. 🙂

Harbour Seal

Harbour Seal

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My empty container of food, because I was too hungry to think about photographing food before eating it! Again… 🙂

Today is the official start of the TIGHR Tri-ennial Conference.  Looking forward to registering and getting acquainted with people.  Hubby wants to take me to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria today. 🙂

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