|4/12/19 Yates & Douglas, Victoria, B.C.|
Despite the less-than-comfy weather, Victoria had too many architectural and other charms to keep us indoors the whole visit. On my first afternoon, I found a quintessential (to me) urban street scene on the same block as our apartment (above).
As you might guess by now, I have a fondness for sketching historic churches, and Victoria is full of them. Within a few blocks of each other, I found several. I also sketched one that turned out to be a music conservatory (formerly a church).
|4/15/19 Christ Church Cathedral|
|4/15/19 Victoria Conservatory of Music|
(formerly a Methodist church)
The downtown Victoria area is entirely walkable – if you don’t mind clocking 15,000 Fitbit steps a day! One morning we gave our feet a rest and caught a city bus to picturesque Fishermen’s Wharf. (Yes, the sky was blue, but don’t let that fool you – it was windy and cold.)
As in most urban areas, construction sites were easy to find, but we spotted one of a type that we would never see in Seattle. On the harbor front, the facades of several old buildings were being preserved, and new construction was being built behind them. This seemed to be an ideal compromise between preservation and new construction.
|4/17/19 construction around facades near harbor front|
|4/17/19 cement pumper|
|Butt receptacles -- a great idea!|
|Hanging out with the locals.|
|The blossoms are gone in Seattle, but they were still at peak in the north.|
|4/17/19 Farewell, Victoria! We'll be back!|