I forgot to write a blog post on Friday. I'd love to say it was because I was getting ready for my friend's wedding, but that'd be a lie. I just plain ol' forgot, altho I have to say I was expending my two working brain cells on remembering what to bring to the wedding.
Our friends got married today (Sunday) on Vancouver Island, and it gave us an excuse to go over. The ferry ride was nice, although getting up at the crack of dawn (we both woke up at 4am) to catch a ferry wasn't quite the way we normally spend our weekends, but it was so worth it. The ferry was only 20% full as we drove up to it, and it showed. We were able to sit outside in the sunshine with very few people around us. This also meant that the drive into Victoria was relatively quiet.
Playing tourist in our province's capital is something we haven't done in a good many years. It was too nice to do any of the indoor stuff, like the Parliament buildings or the museum. Instead, we decided to wander around Victoria's Chinatown (the oldest Chinatown in Canada) and lunch at an import from our sovereign, the 17 Mile Pub. Thanks to Travelzoo, we booked a room at the Hotel Grand Pacific, a wonderfully central hotel. Once we parked, we could walk all of downtown Victoria without having to drive anywhere to look for parking.
In talking to the locals, we found out that Victoria has the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, which means each restaurant has to be top notch in order to stay in business. We asked for a recommendation for a Thai restaurant and was told about The Siam. A family run business, the food was amazing and the service impeccable.
We also got to try out an eatery mentioned on Eat St.; Red Fish, Blue Fish. Hubby had the one piece salmon and chips and I had the Fanny Bay oyster tacones. To me, it lived up to its reputation and because we got there early, the line up went relatively quick and gave us enough time to get to the wedding.
The wedding itself was wonderful (you were wondering when I'd get to it right?) The venue was a beautiful old house built in 1908 with lovely gardens. The bride looked beautiful in a black and white dress, and the groom very handsome. By design, they kept the ceremony short and sweet in the garden and had a reception in the house after. It was an emotion filled event, with very sweet speeches by the wedding party. The food was great, the weather cooperated and the company, of course, was perfect.
Congratulations again to the beautiful couple and thank you for letting us share in your magical day.