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2 Days in Victoria

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I have become negligent in my blogging so now must catch up.

A few years ago we took Zaya for tea at the Banff Springs Hotel. She loved it so much that we thought it might be fun to have high-tea in Victoria with the 4 grandkids. We love Victoria anyway, so it seemed a good fit.

We really wanted to have tea in the Empress, as that is probably the equivalent to the Banff Springs. Alas, there were no reservations available and we were forced to look elsewhere for our high-tea. We found several recommended in Google so, Sunday afternoon, we started out, kids dressed in their camping finest.

We went to the highest recommended but it was closed, as was the 2nd. Finally, we found a tea house, in Chinatown, that was open and ready for the 6 of us. Kids didn’t know that there was any place better, they were completely impressed with their china teacups and tiered trays of little sandwiches and desserts. They thought that this was a buffet of food.
The following day we went to the Royal Museum where downstairs the exhibit of the Mayas was most interactive. Small samples were made to match the original and had signs saying “please touch”. Kids would touch and look at the originals with a new understanding.

Upstairs, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the natural history area, fascinated with a mastodon, seals and other animals before their eyes. They panned for gold, and with the help of a docent, found a gold nugget! https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/exhibitions/modern-history-gallery
The Grand Hotel was visited over and over, with plans of where to stay and where to shop. They wanted to get on the train but it wouldn’t stop, so we spent lots of time there while they tried to buy tickets in their imagination. We spent the entire day at the museum, many times going over the same exhibits, they couldn’t get enough.
To finish off the day, kids discovered their beloved Maple Syrup lollipops at the museum gift shop.

The Royal Museum is a must-see for anyone visiting Victoria!

Posted by Miss Chris 20:08 Archived in Canada Tagged victoria road_trip travel canada camping living rv family_travel high_tea rv_travel grandkids_trip rv_adventures 2007_gmc_sierra 2007_gmc_2500 royal_museum Comments (0)

High Tea Fit for a Princess

High Tea at the Banff Springs Hotel

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We thought we’d have a lunchIMG_20150714_163831762.jpgIMG_201507..4736867_HDR.jpgIMG_201507..0850127_HDR.jpgIMG_201507..3602626_HDR.jpgtime picnic at a vista point, across the street, from the campground. We packed up our smoked salmon, dips, crackers and wine in our picnic backpack. We hiked over to the vista and were going to sit down on the chairs when it started raining. When the drops really started dropping we turned around and went back to the RV for an inside picnic. Of course, the sun came out and was bright while we had our inside picnic.

The whole lunch idea was a big mistake as we’d booked a reservation for Tea, but we didn’t want to be starving when we had our High Tea.

We dressed up, Zaya in the best dress she had with a pretty pink sweater. She had me brush her hair and put it into braids.

We got to the Banff Springs Hotel just at 3pm but were told that there wasn’t a reservation for us after all and that they were booked. Well that was the wrong answer! I told them that we had come into the hotel and made our reservation and we were now there to have tea. I was firm but did not have to demand to see the manager. After many apologies, we were seated with a nice window view.

Our mistake in eating lunch became apparent very soon. After our selection and sniffs of tea, we were brought small sandwiches and scones. The selections were brought on the 3-tiered servers. I had my own gluten free selections. Dale and Zaya shared theirs, but peanut butter and jam sandwiches were made for Zaya. Some of the sandwiches included: smoked salmon with capers, cucumber and radish, boiled egg, curry, ham and brie.

We didn’t stuff because we knew that we’d be getting a selection of desserts. There was one of each for Dale and Zaya; opera cakes, cream-filled cookies, other petite fours, and lime cheesecakes. I had hand-made marshmallow, brownie with a crispy rice crust topped with chocolate mousse, chocolate covered strawberry, another chocolate cake and cream filled cookies.

Fortunately, what we couldn’t eat they packed up for us to take. We still have desserts waiting to be finished.

Posted by Miss Chris 12:57 Archived in Canada Tagged travel picnic grandkids high_tea banff_springs_hotel Comments (0)

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