Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We literally had just a few evening hours to spend here. And, again, we had nothing planned. We were cruise-weary and had one goal in mind: get food.
Getting food doesn’t seem like such a lofty goal, but two of us (my son and myself) are very hard to feed. He is incredibly picky and I’m a vegetarian.
But first, we had to figure out how to get into town from port. Luckily, with two cruise ships in port there were options. We took a double-decker shuttle downtown ($10 a person, round-trip and the kids were free) and walked around a crowded, touristy street in search of food.
I did some light research on restaurants before we got there and knew that there was a vegetarian-friendly restaurant in town, but I didn’t know where. As we were walking, I looked down a narrow street and, lo and behold, there it was at the end of the block.
We spent the rest of the evening strolling the waterfront and taking in the sights and sounds of street performers.
And doing cartwheels in front of the legislature as the sun went down.
Back in Seattle. We booked at hotel close to the airport for that night, because we had a 6:30 am flight the next morning. However, the airport is a fair distance from the city center, which, of course, we wanted to explore. So we grabbed a cab from the cruise ship terminal to the airport at a cost of around $50. We stored our luggage at the hotel (we arrived in the morning) and, in order to save ourselves another $50 cab fare, took the light rail to the monorail, which took us back to the city center. By the time we got there, all we had the energy to do was lay in the grass and take silly pictures of the Space Needle.
We found ourselves back at the hotel and in bed very early that night. And made it right on time for our early morning flight back home to Chicago.