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Victoria

as told by Sheryl

The Empress Hotel in Victoria. This is where we stayed Tuesday and Wednesday nights. This hotel was built in 1908. We checked in and found out the room we wanted wouldn't accommodate the three of us because it wouldn't fit a cot, so we upgraded to a "Gold" level room, with our own private concierge (shared only with other gold-level guests). We also had our own deluxe continental breakfast - this bode well for Suze and I being on a low-carb eating plan because in addition to the usual pastries and other sugar-laden treats, they also had ham, boiled eggs and different kinds of cheeses. In the early evenings, we were served hors d'oerves. Our original room overlooked the harbor, but since we had to change rooms, our view was of construction.
The Parliament buildings near our hotel. At night they are completely outlined with lights.
Here they are at night (I had to "steal" this image from a post card.)
Suze, Sheryl and D'Julie take tea - we expected to pay around $20-25 CN for this tea. Sticker shock! It was $45.95 each! But it was worth it for the experience. Suze and D'Julie had done "tea" before, but this was a first for me. And at those prices, once is enough!
The three-tiered plate - not exactly a low-carb treat! After eating this, my blood sugar soared to 295. By comparison, I checked Suze's, who is not diabetic, and hers was 113.
The back of an Orca whale. We saw several but they were so fast in and out of the water it was difficult to get pictures. I managed to only get this one.

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