I spent a week in what is in my opinion the most livable city in Canada, Victoria. Two hours of ferry riding through a raft of broken islands and a short drive or twenty minutes by float plane and you’re in a different world. City fathers over generations have done a fantastic job of preserving the nineteenth century character of the provincial capital. Victoria is primarily a university city and seat of government, at the same time young and affluent with students and richly paid civic servants. Brick architecture reflects a British influence. Victoria is no secret but handles the tourist industry well. Restaurants and cafe’s are numerous. Friendly individually owned shops line the streets as opposed to the faceless chain stores of many cities. A very pleasant place, indeed.
– a dancer practices for a performance in an open square.
find clubs packed with young students partying.
-lots of period architecture
– Chinatown has a lot of good restaurants and stores.
– lots of cool little cafe’s to hang out in when it drizzles.
– sights and sounds of an unhurried place.
– really different street art found unexpectedly.
– West Olson, photographer and my local guide through Fan Tan Alley.
– he took me to some cool cafes….where the owners encourage you to stay and hang.
– intimate shoppes hidden down shady alley ways.
– fantastic natural light for a new head shot.