Do you know how sometimes on very fine days the sun will shine with a particular intensity that makes the most mundane objects in the landscape glow with an unusual radiance, so that buildings and structures you normally pass without a glance suddenly become arresting, even beautiful?
Amy leads us this week with a great challenge. Her A Day of My Week gives me the chance to share a wonderful experience.
At the end of September, we were trying to decide where to go on a mini-trip. At first we considered flying to the Yukon, but when we heard that the temperatures in White Horse and Dawson City were below freezing and snow was already falling, we decided that we weren’t ready for winter yet. So we took a shorter, warmer trip to Victoria, British Columbia.
We traveled by seaplane, a totally new experience for both of us. These planes are small and light, as you can see in the photo, so we could only bring 15 pounds of luggage per person. As the day approached, we worried about traveling in the rainy autumn weather, but we got lucky. On the morning of our scheduled trip, the skies were clear.
As the plane gathered speed and rose above the Burrard Inlet, the views of the surrounding mountains and waterways were stunning. Rich kindly gave me the window seat, so I happily shot dozens of photos during the short 30-minute flight.
Once we landed, we ate lunch and started to explore the city of Victoria, named for Queen Victoria. It’s the provincial capital of British Columbia with a population of approximately 100,000 people. Here, you can see vestiges of the city’s colonial past in its architecture and landmarks like Craigdarroch Castle.
The city is modern, too, with quite a few new hotels and skyscrapers. I loved their water taxis, painted in yellow with black and white checkered trim, like some cabs in the U.S.A.
We took walks all around the city. Along one major thoroughfare, we spotted a row of murals offering moral support to locals and visitors during the pandemic.
As night fell, we found a great Italian restaurant for dinner. After eating a great meal and listening to a live band playing swing music, we took another walk along the shoreline, stopping to admire the city’s landmark buildings outlined in white lights. You can see the skyline reflected in the calm waters of the harbor.
Visiting this city and traveling by seaplane were great experiences. I was surprised at how smoothly the plane took off and landed on the surface of the water, but then again, we had a calm day with little wind. I’m already thinking about our next adventure to photograph the aurora borealis.
A special thanks to Amy for her terrific inspiration this week with her A Day of My Week Challenge. Be sure to stop by her site to see her beautiful photos of a great day.
As for your “Weird and Wonderful” collection last week, it was terrific! I loved your discoveries of people, places, and things that were far from ordinary. With Halloween right around the corner, Ann-Christine’s timing was perfect. A special thanks to her, too, for inspiring us.
Next week, it’s Tina’s turn to lead the Interesting Architecture challenge, so be sure to stop by Travels and Trifles next Saturday at noon to join the fun. In the meantime, have a joyful and inspiring week, everyone!