Monday, May 04, 2009

Hometown Tourism

My sister and her husband were over from the mainland this weekend. We went downtown on Saturday - to see the Treasure of the British Museum Exhibit at our own Royal BC Museum. This exhibit was beautiful, encompassing history from ancient to modern times. I held a 3000 year old hand tool that had been found in Switzerland and wondered who used it, what she or he thought about as she did.

My three favourite items were a beautifully proportioned silver wine cup made in the time of James I, and a charcoal sketch by Henri Matisse of a woman in taffeta, and the marble Greek busts and statues. I wished I could have touched the marble - I know it would have been cold, but it looked warm.

The museum is right across the street from the Provincial Legislature. The spring flowers are in full bloom and everything was so pretty.

Cherry trees in a riot of pink blossoms against the stone building. Bare branches of trees not yet in leaf, but slowly coming. Green green grass.
Cherry blossoms - sigh.
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9 comments:

Barb said...

Hi Lorrie,

It sounds like the exhibit was amazing. How fortunate to have the opportunity to visit it.

OMG, those Cherry blossoms.... Would love to see them in person.

hugs,
Barb

Brenda Leyland said...

I LOVE Victoria. And those cherry blossoms are amazing! Thanks for giving us glimpses of spring!

And thanks for the reminder about that exhibit at the museum. My hubby and I had thought about flying to Victoria to see it. Glad you enjoyed!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Henri Matisse and cherry blossoms too! What a fabulous adventure you had! Thanks for sharing for those of us who only wish we could have been there! Love the photos, too!

Linda said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Debby said...

WOW!!! Such gorgeous pictures, really pretty. Sounds like you had a great time.
Debby

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Lorrie, we were in Victoria May 20-22, 2007. Everything was just beginning to green up and bloom, and of course Butchart Gardens was gorgeous. Enjoy your days of early spring!!! Becky

oatbread said...

I just love Victoria too , mind you I am just a little biased , snce i live here too. I am about 5 minutes away from Butchart gardens, we are so luck to live in this little bit of paradise. Donna

Jade Creative said...

Hi Laurie
I'm missing the beautiful blossoms of Victoria. the trees here in Toronto, are just starting to bloom. I was lucky enough to be in Victoria last spring. My Mother, girlfriend and I went on the annual garden tour. It was wonderful. So many gorgeous gardens in Victoria.
Have a great day!
Darlene

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It always good to play tourist in your own town. I love the cherry blossoms.