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Feb. 21st, 2006 @ 06:45 pm Pics from Vic
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Here is the hotel I stayed at in Victoria - the Empress, it was built by Canadian Pacific Rail in around 1908.



The only unfortunate thing about the hotel is that it is sitting on reclaimed land, and therefore 'settling'. Before the hotel was build the harbour used to extend to the street behind where the hotel now sits!

Here are the provincial parliament buildings:



and here they are at night - It was cold I jiggled the camera, sorry. They are like this all year, it isn't just a winter thing:



Here are some of those blooming cherry trees I was talking about:




There are so many of these trees around, that when their blooms start falling, it is the Victoria version of snow. I really think I could handle living there - coldest day of '06 was -3C!
Who does she think she is?
catspit
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From:redgemini
Date:February 22nd, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
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So, so incredibly gorgeous!!! Thanks for posting pictures.
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From:neeroc
Date:February 22nd, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
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No problem - it really is a beautiful city, I had to share.
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From:lilcrazy
Date:February 22nd, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
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I love that hotel! There must be so much history to it.
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From:neeroc
Date:February 22nd, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
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It really is amazing. There is a set of old grand hotels that the Fairmont chain bought up - Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Montebello, Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Banff...

They are all stunning.
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From:bad_soup_day
Date:February 22nd, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Wow - what a great place. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Cheers
Rich
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