Thursday, December 3, 2015

4th year anniversary in Victoria, BC

We celebrate 4 years of marriage in another country!

After a fun thanksgiving with our couchsurfing friends, we had to wake up very early and make our way downtown to the ferry to Vancouver Island, and the town of Victoria.

After a 3 hour ride we quickly made our way through customs and walked the short distance to our hotel in the heart of downtown Victoria. We quickly dropped off our bags and headed out to get some lunch. We had heard about a motorcycle repair shop/restaurant and decided to check it out. After a 10 minute walk we found ourselves at Wheelies. The owner gave us a quick tour of the workshop before we sat down for some delicious sandwiches and locally brewed beer.

The atmosphere was great here, and they even had a poster for our favorite zombie biker movie.

AKA Psychomania!
After lunch we headed around the block to Vancouver Island Brewing Company, where we took a brewery tour. We got to try plenty of great beers, and get advice about the area from locals.

After that we walked around the town for a bit and got our bearings. We explored Chinatown, which is the oldest Chinatown in Canada, and the second oldest in North America, after San Francisco.

This is Fantan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada. It was once a gambling district with restaurants, shops, and opium dens.
The next day we headed to the Royal British Columbia Museum. It wasn't the biggest museum we've ever been in, but they had some great exhibits about the local wildlife, and the first peoples.

After the museum we headed to Fisherman's Wharf. Many of the businesses were closed for the winter, but it was still fun to check out.

After that we headed back to the hotel. As the sun set, they had a Santa Parade down the main street through town.

Kill it with fire!

Once we had seen enough Santas, we went to The Mint for a fancy anniversary dinner. We had delicious Indian food. The service was really slow, but the food was worth the wait.

The next morning we grabbed breakfast at Tim Horton's (because you have to in Canada) before catching the ferry back to Seattle.

Not a morning person.
We had a great time in Victoria, and definitely recommend it. We'll try and post more updates when we can, but we're hibernating for the winter.

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