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Trip Report Victoria, BC - short trip & short trip report

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We just came back from a short weekend trip to Victoria. Left Seattle at 7:30 am on Victoria Clipper, got into Victoria at around 10:45 am. Left Victoria at 6:30 pm on Sunday and got home at around 10:00 pm.

First, Victoria Clipper. I am not a fan, purely based on their cattle call seating system. It really created chaos and brought out the worst of human nature, because it is first come first grab basis. For $140 round trip, they should figure out a system of assigned seating. Food was OK, inexpensive, not much to choose from but people could also bring their own food. 3 hours in close quarters with people is a lot of time, plus you add up the time in the waiting room and in line for customs/immigration and it all adds up to a very tiring experience.

Second, our hotel was nice and within walking distance from Victoria. Parkside Resort & Spa is part condominiums, part hotel. it is very green and we found the room very comfortable.

Third, Victoria. Beautiful harbor, interesting city, but I always end up feeling underwhelmed. There was an International Buskers festival going on which added to the street life and excitement, but generally, I always feel like it is a city of retired people. People over 65 seem to really like Butchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel with a Tea service. I am not a fan of either, mostly because of geriatric population. I have nothing against older people but I don't hang out in places frequented by AARP members.

That's all I have at this point. Vancouver is still my favorite.

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