I’ve found a place I’d like to be, it sits along the shiny blue sea. It’s a place to find that piece of peace between the endless sky and the horizon’s crease.
In many ways Victoria is like Sardinia. Her rugged coastline and wind-swept tree tops, call to me, just like in Sardinia. Coastal life brings the scent of the sea, just like in Sardinia. I feel at peace here, just like in Sardinia. There is however one glaring difference, I am not in Sardinia and my nostalgia for her burns deep in my soul. At least for now, I have her sister – Victoria.
There are times when I’m out for my morning run and everything feels like Sardinia, albeit the circling spotted eagle above my head, or the cry of blue herons nesting in the tall pine trees or the morning calls from the orcas. There’s the salt water air which kisses my face in the early morning hours and the twelve hours of sunshine that greet me, daily.
There’s the tourists, cruise ships, gift shops, Italian import store, fancy cars, expensive living and a job. It all boils down to one thing – work. In Victoria, I have it where in Sardinia it’s hard to come by, very hard to come by.
For now, Victoria has stolen the sunshine from Sardinia and, I am grateful.
Ciao tutti! I’ve lived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for a month now and, I love it! Here are a few close-up photographs which represent my new home.
Up close and personal with one of British Columbia’s largest trees.
Close-up with one of the thousands of beautifully planted bulbs which adorn the streets of Victoria.
Victoria, BC, Canada – is a long, long way from Sardinia, Italy. To be precise, Sardinia is 5,658 miles west from Sardinia. Three different flights and a whole bunch of time zones later, I’m finally settling into my new life on yet, another fabulous, colourful island.
Victoria is British Columbia’s capital city and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver island, just off the Pacific coast. Yes, another island, I can’t seem to escape them; from Cayman Islands to Sardinia, then back in time to Vancouver island, this gal loves island life.
Named after the Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. As a child I would sing a famous song by The Village People called Go West at the top of my lungs “Go west, life is peaceful there, Go west in the open air, Go west.” I didn’t really understand what that happy song meant, until I came west. Now that I’ve been here two weeks, I can finally understand, and appreciate the lyrics to that famous pop song.
The air is crisp and clean. The shiny happy smiles on everyone’s face is contagious to the point of hilarity, it’s an open relief. Flowers bloom in brightness at every corner as people sip coffee on patios.
Victoria is where wild life peacefully cohabitates with humans.
And where sea-planes are the most often used modes of transportation between Seattle and smaller islands around Vancouver island.
The Village people were on to something in the late 70’s and it only took me thirty-five years to realize they were right.
Go west, life is peaceful there. Go west, in the open air.
How far west have you gone?
A new blog for a new life! Victoria-ology will show case the wonders, culture and inspiring nature that is only found on Canada’s most superb island – Vancouver Island, with a large focus on the capital of British Columbia – Victoria, Canada.
Now, let me introduce you to one of Victoria’s MUST SEE attractions.
“Craigdarroch was built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This legendary Victorian mansion, built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada. He died in 1889, leaving his entire estate to his wife Joan, who lived in the Castle until her death in 1908.” – Source: The Castle.ca
Craigdarroch Castle is a 30 minute walk from the Inner Harbour and is open daily from 10am-4:30pm.
I hope you enjoyed the first little tour of my new home in Victoria.
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