One of the experiences that we had planned for vacation was tea at the Empress. It was pricey but did not disappoint.
We arrived in Victoria on a sunny afternoon. We just had to walk a short ways across the street to check into our hotel. The Empress is a beautiful hotel my husband and I had stayed here once before. Evie was looking forward to staying at the legendary Empress.
We went out for a walk and when we came back they had left this welcome snack in our room! This is the life, cookies and milk delivered to her in bed by a maid! Never going to happen again, so I took photo evidence to make sure she remembers this. Though I am sure this will be a childhood memory she will not forget!
After a few days in Vancouver we are heading to Victoria. I love Victoria and this part of the trip is what I am really looking forward to. We took the bus to the ferry and then the ferry ride to Victoria. This was Evie’s first time on a travel bus and a ferry so there were a lot of questions about the whole process and she could not understand how the bus was going on the ferry. One we were on the ferry we went upstairs and got some food and then out to take in the beautiful view. We even saw a submarine that had surfaced! The trip from Vancouver to Victoria by bus and ferry is under 2 hours. Probably 30 mins to the ferry terminal, an hour ferry ride and then 20 mins into Victoria. The bus dropped us off downtown right behind our hotel, The Empress.
Went to the beach
This art installation (at the seawall)was really cool. The wind would blow the sails and it made the heron’s wing go up and downthe totem poles in Stanley ParkHow cute is this creperie, I love it!The Olympic cauldron from Vancover 2010 Olympic Games
An Eiffel Tower made of macarons!
We are leaving Vancouver and going to Victoria to spend a week. I love Victoria and am looking forward to the next part of the trip.
After a couple of days to settle into being in Vancouver we went for a hike. We have been waiting to do this hike for awhile, but were a little unsure how Evie would do with it.
I will admit that it was harder and steeper than I had anticipated. The incline started as soon as we got to the base and there were a lot of stairs….like about 2800. It was all up no flat parts at all. It isn’t called the grouse grind for nothing.
This is the sign at the start.
We estimated at the beginning that it would take about 2.5 hours to get to the top. We kept reminding Evie to slow down as it was a long way to go and it was hot. We paced ourselves, rationed our water, snacked on banana and almonds and stopped for a little rest when needed.
The reward at the top was a cookie
A ginger bear. The bear shape is significant because there are two grizzly bears at the top. They were orphaned cubs that could not be released into the wild. We did see one of them pretty close up. That was amazing and I will have pictures to post later when I am back home with a computer. We also watched a lumberjack show that Evie loved, she really enjoyed it.
And from the top you get an amazing view.
The gondola ride down was prettying cool too.
If you like to hike and are up for a challenge I would recommend that you do the Grouse Grind if you visit Vancover. However, keep in mind it is physically strenuous, a lot of climbing stairs and heights. I am physically active and I found it very difficult at times, definitely felt the burn.
As for taking small children I would say don’t, some places were very steep with a huge drop off. Evie is 8, very active, regularly does strenuous activity and has good balance so I wasn’t too concerned that she could handle it. Though I was holding her hand at times and keeping her close to me on the inside edge.
If you don’t have the time or physical ability you can take the gondola up as well.
I will post more about the lumberjack show and the Grizzlies once I download the pictures from my camera.
We arrived very late and very tired. I am attempting to do a post from my phone, not sure how that will work. We shall see.
Yesterday when we got up, very early as we were will on Ottawa time, we walked along the sea wall to stretch our legs.
Evie was thrilled to be so close to a heron. She will write it down in her birding book.
I needed coffee, and it was strong and wonderful, along with a Benny.
Then we made our was to the aquarium. Evie just wanted too see the otters, she is mad about otters. After a short interaction with a whale she beelined to them and was not disappointed. There was one older otter who must have sensed her excitement because she floated around cleaning herself and then floated straight to Evie bumped her head to the glass then went under to swim and swam back to her smiling and clapping her little front paws! Evie was beaming!
I didn’t get pictures on my phone of the otters but I have lots with me regular camera. I will have to post some later.
Summer is here again and we are in the middle of an extreme heat warning. We had one a few weeks ago and then it cooled down into more normal temperatures and today the temperature spiked again. There was just some thunder and the night sky was lighting up. Maybe a good storm with break the heat.
I haven’t had time lately for blogging. Work has been insane and when I am not working I am trying to be outside in summer before it is over.
A few weeks ago, when our local strawberries were in season we went strawberry picking and made a dutch baby pancake for Sunday morning breakfast/brunch. It is easy to make, I use my Nutribullet to whip it up quickly, and fun to watch it bake as it puffs up and then falls.
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk (you could use 2%)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a Nutribullet or blender, combine eggs, milk, flour, salt, vanilla, and 1/4 cup sugar. Blend until foamy, about 1 minute.
Most recipes call for a medium cast-iron or ovenproof nonstick skillet. I don’t have one, so I used a 9” non-stick cake pan. Just before I was ready to put the prepared batter in I put 2 tablespoons butter in the pan and put it in the over until the butter melted then I swirled it around to totally coat the pan and poured the batter right in. Pour batter into hot pan or skillet; bake until pancake is puffed and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
Working quickly, dot pancake with 1 tablespoon butter, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and a sprinkle of lemon juice. Slice into wedges, and serve immediately
After you take it out of the oven it will fall very quickly.
We sprinkled with a light dusting with powdered sugar and topped with berries and whipped cream. Sometimes we just do a little butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. Either is delicious.
I hope you give this recipe a try. It is fun to watch and delicious too!