We had a lovely long walk around Victoria and I was fascinated by this beautiful sculpture, remembering it from our first visit ten years ago. When my curiosity is peaked I love to find out more about the things and places I have seen. A little research revealed later that this lady is called "The Spirit of the Republic", an eight-foot statue across the street from the BC Legislative Buildings. It is a memorial honoring those Canadian Veterans who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. Nearby is a plaque with the title "No pasarán!", which means "They Shall Not Pass". The lush carpet of gold and red leaves of Autumn were a perfect adornment for this beautiful statue.
One thing you will notice around Victoria is that there are many beautifully carved totem poles, which you can also see on the grounds of the Parliament Building. The Songhees or Songish are an indigenous North American Coast Salish people who reside on southeastern Vancouver Island (British Columbia) in the Greater Victoria area. They were here long before Captain James Cook arrived in the late 1700's.
We saw "eagles" everywhere, all the same shape but painted by various local artists, colorful and vibrant. There was also the occasional "whale" and each one was beautifully painted.
There were several street entertainers around the city with a lot of obvious talent. The chalk artist whom you will see in the video had only just gotten started, but he told me that across the road I could see more of his work. He apologetically explained that it had almost disappeared with the rain and foot traffic, as he had made the drawings several days ago. They were very faded but I am happy to say they became sharper in my photographs and I could see that this young man was a true artist.
I saw Darth Vader playing his violin on the other side, and I did something I would never do normally. I marched across and asked for a photo. Gregg was very surprised. He knows me well. After observing for a few minutes I saw other people walking up to Mr. Vader, whereupon they popped some money into his violin case, after which he posed with them. It's a bit of a fuzzy picture but I did this for our son who was a big Star Wars fan, and he and I went to all those movies way back when. As I am very much into my nostalgia kick right now, well...need I say more? Darth Vader for once contained his heavy breathing and behaved himself. Actually, I'm surprised he didn't run in the other direction when he saw this woman of purpose marching straight for him crossing over at the light, but he was so nice and polite and just a lovely young man. He put up with me and I got my picture for our son, so this is for you Brad. Your mother put her inhibitions aside just this once. Thank you Mr. Vader, you're not as scary as I saw you up on the big screen and I didn't have to cup my hands and "booooooo" with the rest of the audience at the very bad man. This one was a sweetie-pie.
Gregg is wondering if I am going to run away with that splendid mama bear. No, I wouldn't do that no matter how much I wanted to. I am a policeman's daughter after all. He's actually probably wondering if I am going to go into the chocolate shop and ask if it is for sale and if it is, how on earth is he going to squeeze that bear inside a suitcase. No problem, I'll just walz through the airport holding it above my head and once we're on the plane I can stuff it into the baggage compartment above our seats. No, on second thoughts I wouldn't do that to Gregg or to the poor flight attendants. They have enough to put up with. I'll just be happy with my photo.
You will also see photos in the video of the inside of a bookstore. Gregg loves nothing better than to browse around a good bookstore.
Munro's Books of Victoria, shown across the street in the photo above is a great one. We stayed in there looking around for ages. Below shows its location.
A video of our walk around Victoria.
Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise and Sylvia, for hosting My World. It is a wonderful way to learn about the different parts of the world we live in.