Walking around the waterfront is always a pleasure. We love to see the boats in the marina preparing for the next day's start. There are several different classes of sailboat in the Swiftsure, and several races, but they all start on Saturday morning.
After a rest, we walked back up to Fort Street to enjoy dinner at Cafe Brio. Their speciality is fresh, local ingredients, superb tastes, two portion sizes, beautiful presentation and a romantic - yet friendly - atmosphere. Local paintings line the walls, and the art-deco light fixtures give off a soft, warm glow. Our dinner was delicious, and it was fun to be surrounded by a variety of people, including a courting couple, as well as a jolly group of sailboat racers, eating heartily and preparing for the morrow. All told, we walked about 6 miles on Friday.
On Saturday, we got up early enough to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the dining room of our hotel. One of the many reasons we like this hotel is that the dining room overlooks the harbor with huge windows. On Swiftsure race day, it is a great pleasure to eat while the boats pour out of the harbor on their way to the start at Ogden Point. After breakfast, we started our walk along the waterfront to Beacon Hill Park, which affords fabulous views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. The sailboats gathered at the starting point, created a glorious sight.
After the sailing race commenced, we found that we were walking along the path of a cycling race. The Tour de Victoria was taking place on Dallas Road and beyond, so we saw some of the cyclists whizzing past. Ryder Hesjedal, a Tour de France contender, is a local boy, and he was inaugurating a new cycling event in town over the weekend. There was a lot of excitement around him and the events.
|Sign observed in a holistic medical office window on our walk.|
We toured an historic building that is being converted into studio-condominiums, but decided that they were too small to consider, even for the future as empty-nesters.
On Sunday, we got up and ate breakfast, again enjoying a windowside table and the view of the harbor. We then packed up, checked out, left our things with the concierge and walked around the other side of the harbor to a neighborhood we haven't explored yet: West Bay. It was a lovely walk.
|Along the way, we discovered this driftwood sculpture|
Finally, for Maribeth, who does not like my new shoes. They were super-comfortable until the last couple of miles of the trip. For brand-new shoes to go that far, comfortably (without socks!) speaks well of their quality. And you may not believe this, but I received lots of compliments on them!
we thought of you in many places!