First off, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the lovely individuals who left such kind words on my last blog post. I could not be more blessed and grateful to participate in this Blog Hop and connect with so many interesting, talented and sweet bloggers. This is already a pleasure so far..I can’t wait to see how it improves each each day! Your supportive and encouraging words are the reason I do what I do, and it means the world to me.
On another hand, todays post is all about our recent trip to Victoria! We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to stay in the renowned Fairmont Empress Hotel for our vacation, and it truly is all that its cracked up to be! We did some sightseeing and souvenir shopping as well; visiting the Legislative Assembly (Parliament) Buildings, walking along the waterfront and shopping at an authentic Irish store (which was our favourite store of trip). The food was incredible, and I definitely indulged at every meal, yet still stuck to heading to the hotel gym each night to wind down and sweat it out. I had a lovely time, and this annual trip to the Fairmont is something I look forward to all year long! Next year its in the same location as last years.. Whistler! (My favourite!!)
I can’t say enough about the architecture of the building though.. It was built in 1908 and has a very regal air to it! It feels so elegant and classy, and is a truly massive hotel (over 400 rooms!) . The hallways are quite quiet though, and as the Hotel has a very haunted reputation it can definitely be a bit eerie! Not going to lie, we stayed below the so-called “Haunted 6th floor” and heard a weird howling for over an hour above our heads.. Couldn’t figure out what it was (I thought someone was using a super old vacuum at like 9pm at night, guess not)!! But who knows, hey?
Friday was our Ferry trip over, where I had a California Roll from the cafeteria and some coffee. #typicalmiranda
We ate at Famoso Neopolitan Pizza for the first night; I had their Gorgonzola Walnut Salad, some garlic flatbread and the Dolce and Banana for dessert. We ended up having the sweetest waitress, Laura, who made the experience unforgettable! (I also had the best coffee of my life here). After heading back to the Hotel to unwind, I went to the gym for a quick 15 mins (4 miles) on the elliptical. Fun Fact: this was my first time ever using a machine such as this in a gym.
The next day, we at breakfast in the Empress Room.. I had the Organic Red Quinoa and Steel Cut Oatmeal with organic strawberries, Fairmont wildflower Honey, warm Almond Milk and a Health Boost (Chia, Flax and Hemp seeds). For lunch we (as in myself, my Mum and my Sister) had Afternoon Tea, and I tried one of everything! There was fresh organic strawberries and whipped cream to start, as well as croissants with free range organic egg salad, salmon pinwheels and cucumber sandwiches, a scone each, along with tiny desserts. (Ill provide a link to the menu below).
For dinner I ordered room service for my sister and I; I had the Beet, Goat Cheese and Kale Salad, she had Mac n Cheese, along with buttered Brioche rolls for us both to share. I followed this up with a trip to the gym in the hotel.. lol. You can see it all in the vlog!
We travelled on the ferry home on Sunday, after another breakfast in the Empress Room, where I had Steel Cut Oatmeal with Bananas, Raisins, Warm Milk & Brown Sugar. The rest of the table ordered “The Canadian” (classic style eggs n bacon breakfast) as well as a serving of pancakes.
(Breakfasts at home.. <3)
And now we are home, which I am so happy about! Its so hard to leave all of our pets behind when we go away for a vacation, and I really did miss their cuteness!
Wishing you above all Health & Happiness