Victoria IV: Arts and Crafts

Cutting back through the park we arrived at Fairfield and Cook Street Village. Fairfield is a picturesque neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and you can take a self-guided walking tour which describes some of the buildings of interest along the route. Housing styles typical to the area are Edwardian Vernacular Arts & Crafts (1904 – 1914) British Arts & Crafts (1905 – 1930), Foursquare (1900 – 1920) and Californian Bungalow (1900 – 1929). Needless to say this occupied a good deal of our day, though we found time to browse in a couple of second-hand book stores (always a dangerous pastime) and have a bowl of soup in a cute retro American Diner complete with pictures of Betty Boop.

We wandered back to downtown Victoria through the grounds of Saint Ann’s Academy and the gardens of the Empress. The Sisters of St Ann was founded in Quebec and in 1857 Bishop Modeste Demers of Victoria went to recruit volunteers to educate children in Victoria. He came back with Sister Mary Conception, Sister Mary Angèle, Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart and Sister Mary Lumena who travelled back via Panama over land. Apparently the order went on to establish schools and hospitals throughout the region as far as Alaska and Yukon.

Dinner was booked at The Tapa Bar in Trounce Alley where we had a sharing platter and indulged in a few cocktails. It’s a busy, buzzy restaurant with bright artwork and low background music although the food wasn’t as exciting as on our first visit in 2005. I guess that’s the problem with re-visiting old haunts, you can often be disappointed. Still it’s not often we find a tapas bar so we enjoyed it anyway and who can say no to Fanny Bay oysters and muddled peaches with vanilla vodka?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

8 thoughts on “Victoria IV: Arts and Crafts”

  1. Not saying no to Fanny Bay oysters, though not so sure about Muddled Peaches…
    I did like the Betty Boop diner too. Regards as ever, Pete.

    1. I believe that you have some very good mussels in Norfolk Pete. We hope to enjoy some next week, though maybe not with muddled peaches 😉
      J xx

  2. Stick to the North Norfolk coast, and you should get fresh seafood, especially crabs. I will e mail my contact details, in case you are nearby (or stranded!) Pete. X

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