Thursday, June 08, 2006

A Touch of England to the North

If you are thinking of getting out of the southern heat, go north to the beautiful city of VICTORIA in Canada. As you arrive by ferry, you’ll find why it has been voted one of the world’s top-ten cities to visit according to travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler. After a day of walking the narrow cobblestone streets, you may have an irresistible urge for high tea in the afternoon! Named after the famous queen, it has an undeniably quaint English feel. Kipling called it "Brighton Pavilion with the Himalayas for a backdrop." Victoria has more British-born residents than anywhere in Canada. Flowers hang everywhere and lush parks are perfect for restoring your soul. Outside the city is the most amazing place called Butchart Gardens that delight with flowers from around the world. Located next to the Pacific, Butchart Gardens allows you to wander for hours and appreciate the vistas and unparallel beauty. There are Fifty-five acres of wonderful floral displays open to the public, offering spectacular views from the many paths that meander through the four main gardens. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, the gracious traditions of the past are still maintained in one of the loveliest corners in the world. From Victoria you can also take a tour boat out to watch pods of Killer Whales as they swim around the island. Memories of Victoria always delight!

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