Bye Bye Canada 👋

Two frame pictures chronicle our journey in British Colombia : June 7, that first day in Vancouver, we did Capilano suspension bridge and Grouse Mountain. Two weeks from that day, after having visited Seattle and cruised the Inside Passage , we were back in British Colombia and with this “finale frame picture” in Victoria , we ended a memorable chapter in beautiful Canada 🌲🌳🌸☘️🌼🌱🌻🌿🌺🍃

High Tea at The Empress Hotel

Honestly, I didn’t regret leaving the exquisite Butchart gardens for High tea at the Empress Hotel. That was a double win:

-this historic hotel – one of the oldest in Victoria, 1908- is a must visit and

-I absolutely relish this quintessentially English tradition : the array of savoury small sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, marmalade, colourful cakes and tea ☕️ poured from a beautiful teapot.

The Butchard Gardens

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Stop and Smell the roses 🌹

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The peace and serenity found in Japanese gardens transcend the distant archipelago ⛩

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A “secret garden” with its own demure charm

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No, I’m not flashing my ring , just adjusting my sunglasses while trying to retrieve my breath lost at point during the pleasant stroll around these magical gardens🌸☘️🌼🍀🌷🌿🌺

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This is the rebellious noo!-I-don’t-want- to-leave pose…However, the hubby’s “I’m sure you are going to love it there” lured me outside these enchanting gardens..

Any guess where to ? 😉

Paradise on Earth

Tropical islands 🏝 with palm trees🌴 have long been promoted as “hot” destinations, the ideal romantic getaways for honeymooners , and heaven’s stereotypes for other holidaymakers..

However, as I’m sitting now on my lounge chair at the cruise ship’s 16 years + Solarium 🛳, a single sentence keep resonating in my head : ”Paradise on Earth “ .

Yes, I’m enjoying this Alaskan cruise in the inside passage more than last year’s in the Caribbean Sea for the below reasons:

-I live by the sea in a “ hot” country with palm trees 🌴: no drastic changes be it weather or scenery

– Every morning , whenever I open the curtains of our stateroom’s balcony, I’m greatly surprised by a totally new panorama, an absolutely different landscape😍…the crescendo of spectacular sceneries and magnificent fjords culminated today with the much anticipated glaciers.

-We are kept entertained with the multiple impromptu sightings, always on the watch for the ever elusive whales 🐳 the playful dolphins 🐬 and the occasional seals…and when totally focused on my book thus oblivious to the enthusiastic shouts of excitement spurred by an interesting spotting, my attention was put back on track where it should’ve belonged by a sympathetic neighbour… thou shall not peel your eyes from the glass window ! 😉

Isn’t it “Paradise on Earth”? 🌏

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Well, according to the Captain👨🏻‍✈️ , it is such for a growing number of people:

⁃ there are many old timers …for some, it’s a yearly ritual. The question that we are constantly asked : is it your first time?

⁃ there are 40 honeymooners 💑

⁃ there are 239 celebrations- 106 anniversaries and 133 birthdays 🎉

Taku Glacier

Taku Glacier, a tidewater glacier largely within the Tongrass National Forest, is the deepest and thickest alpine temperate glacier known in the world – 1,477 m (4,845 feet ) thick and 58 kms (36 m) long

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And we had the best salmon ever 😋😋 at Taku Lodge. It’s caught from the Taku River and is truly worth the trip:

⁃ Abu Dhabi-Los Angeles ( 16-hour flight )✈️

⁃ Los Angeles-Seattle (around 3-hour flight ) ✈️

⁃ Seattle-Juneau 🚢 (two nights)

⁃ Juneau- Taku Lodge seaplane 🛬 (50 minutes)

With these complicated logistics I know I’m not going to enjoy this feast again in the near future and my only consolation is that I don’t need to satisfy any pregnancy cravings 💁🏻‍♀

I got the recipe online but I’m certain it wouldn’t taste the same without the beautiful scenery and atmosphere

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Taku Glacier Lodge

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