Victoria, BC: Fisherman’s Wharf and the Harbor at Twilight

We had an incredible start to our second day in Victoria, BC, visiting the Craigdarroch Castle and having Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel. After an early afternoon siesta we were ready to venture out again, so we started with a few happy hour spots before taking a leisurely walk around the harbor and Laurel …

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Victoria, BC: Morning Castles and Afternoon Tea

We had a great time exploring Victoria's harbor and downtown area our first day in the city but decided to get some walking in our second morning by venturing out to Craigdarroch Castle. I will be the first to admit I had no idea Victoria had a castle. Apparently the name is a little tongue-in-cheek …

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Port Angeles and Ferry Rides to Canada

In celebration of our country's independence, my husband and I enjoyed our freedom to come and go freely from the U.S.A. and traveled to Victoria, British Columbia, for a long weekend leading up to my birthday. We looked into the Victoria Clipper, and later discovered you can take seaplanes between Seattle and Victoria, but we …

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Fourth of July and the Boston Birthday

It's that time of year again. Summer. Fourth of July. BIRTHDAY! We had such a blast in Chicago last year celebrating my birthday (and, you know, the nation's birthday too, I guess) that I didn't know whether to go low key this year or try to out-do the previous year. Go big or go home, …

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Fourth of July On the Road

I make a big deal out of my birthday. I generally expect others to as well. I love having a summer birthday, especially one that's only two days from Independence Day. The weather is usually beautiful, holiday-related parties and activities are usually going on... it's always a good time. This year, the boyfriend was asked …

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