Since we were set to arrive in Victoria, BC at 6pm on day 7, the next two days were sea days and we did a lot of relaxing, reading, eating (!) and vegging.
We attended two more of Brent Nixon’s nature talks – we learned about eagles, seals and sea lions. Again, he was just fantastic – what a find!
We also participated in a guided wine tasting of old world wines.
Beginning with champagne, then a tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain, a French bordeaux wine, a wine from Portugal, and ending with a tawny 20-yr old port. The Spanish wine was our favourite. We also found out that Celebrity will have wine cruises stating in the fall – very interesting indeed!
We spent a short time in Victoria. During dinner we got to see some seals in the water. 🙂 Since we were only in port for a few hours, we took a short bus ride into town and walked around exploring. It’s a beautiful town and it felt very Canadian. It was comforting to see some familiar things – the flag, the Fairmont Empress hotel with familiar architecture, the easily recognizable parliament building, the Bay, Birks and the Royal Bank. 🙂 It was nice to see the sun again too – and a blue sky! We got to see the “Mile Zero” sign of the Transcanada highway as well which is where it begins – that was cool! Maybe we’ll go to Newfoundland one day to see the other end. 🙂 Victoria is home to a lot of seniors mainly due to the very mild climate. Our senior bus driver joked that they’re known for newly-weds and nearly-deads. 🙂 Chris and I agreed that we’d gladly return to spend more time visiting – it’s a beautiful place.