Friday, June 12, 2009

Flight to Victoria and Check In to Fairmont Empress

Well we made it! Becca did a fantastic job on her first flight. She didn't sleep, but she also didn't cry so we are happy. We boarded at 6:30 but didn't take off until 7:20 which set us a little behind. Bella was so excited to be flying on a plane, and getting a treat of pop from the flight attendant was very exciting for her. We arrived at 7:30 Pacific Time. The Victoria airport is quite small and we deplaned by stairs outside. We had checked the stroller at the gate so it was waiting for us when we arrived. Our luggage was waiting for us - very unlike in Calgary where you wait for luggage.

We hopped in a taxi (a Toyota Prius!) and Bella was excited again to get to be in a car for the first time without a car seat. We had brought Becca's with us. It was about a 25 minute drive from the airport in Sidney to our hotel in Victoria. Becca fussed a little in the cab - wondering why it was 2 hours past her bedtime and she was still awake. Bella fell asleep leaning against me in the back seat and she got about 10 minutes of a rest. At the end of the ride the bill was $55.00

We drove up to our hotel - The Fairmont Empress and it is beautiful - I will take pictures tomorrow. I love that the front is covered with Virginia Creeper however I couldn't help but think of Wil and how he probably wouldn't be as thrilled as I was.

The Bell Hop took our luggage and brought Isabella a little doll to have - which I thought was very kind. We followed a crazy maze up to our room and I couldn't help feeling like we were in the hotel from The Shining. It's a very old hotel with gorgeous crown moulding above every single guest room door. I will never find my way back to the lobby.

There was a very cute little crib waiting for us which we finally got Becca to sleep in after lots of crying on her part and whispering on ours. Starving, we ordered some room service: Fish and Chips (so nice to be on the ocean again), seafood chowder, a burger and fries, veggies and dip and 2 cookies - of which Bella claimed both! We are now off to bed and I will add more details of our day tomorrow.

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