Continued from Skagway Part 2 (City Highlights)
The last stop on our Alaskan Cruise on Ruby Princess last summer was in Victoria, British Columbia, our only stop in Canada. We only had a half day (evening, actually) to enjoy Victoria before our short return to Seattle. Victoria is considered the “most British of all Canadian cities” so our excursion was the most British thing we could find: High Tea at the Gatsby Mansion & City Highlights.
Our tour took us around the city of Victoria, including the harbor, Beacon Hill Park, and an overlook at the top of Mount Douglas.
As the sun set, we arrived at Gatsby Mansion for High Tea (read: dinner). Our table was on the veranda, so we were quite cozy. We were treated to a nice selection of TWG caffeinated or herbal teas served in lovely rose china and a dish of berries and cream.
We then enjoyed a traditional three-tiered serving of savories (tea sandwiches), scones with cream and preserves, and sweets (mini pies and macarons). Since this was our “dinner time,” we ate everything, especially the sweets.
All hopped up on caffeine and sugar, we opted to walk back to the port from Gatsby Mansion rather than ride back with the group. We walked around the harbor, Parliament, and through a lovely neighborhood on the way back to the ship.
Our time in Victoria was short, sweet, and perfectly spent.