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Three Cities - Yvonne's Latest Trip

 

Having just returned from visiting three great cities, I feel I should share my experiences with you.  The great thing about my journey was the travel between locations which would add a bit of adventure to a regular holiday.

 
 
My travels started in Seattle, Washington State, with a whirlwind overnight stay – (more to come on Seattle later).  The next day I travelled by Victoria Clipper, the catamaran ferry that travels northwards to Canada, taking you to the wonderful capital city of British Columbia, Victoria – where Wills and Kate have been spending time recently.  The three hour journey is a great way to travel, avoiding flights, and taking in some scenery along the way as your travel through the Puget Sound before arriving.  Immigration is completed on arrival, in an orderly fashion, and you are a short walk or taxi ride (with luggage) from the central hub of Victoria, the Inner Harbour.  As a first time visitor to Victoria, I was thoroughly impressed at this welcoming, laid back, small city.  Bike tours, whale watching trips, and a visit to the famous Butchart Gardens were on the list for my visit, and plenty to do that I just couldn’t squeeze in such as the BC Museum and afternoon tea at the very grand Fairmont Empress.

 
   
 
Leaving Vancouver Island, next on the list was Vancouver, travelling by small seaplane.  Such a fun and interesting flight to take – it’s a short 35 minutes or so, and you’ll experience great views as you travel, landing centrally at Vancouver’s Canada Place.  My second time in Vancouver, this time I was treated to a fantastic zodiac boat tour, and a great overnight stay at the wonderful Fairmont Waterfront hotel.
 
Finally I returned to Seattle, experiencing the Rocky Mountaineer train between the cities.  This route is regularly booked as an add on to their longer journeys, but the regular Amtrak service, or a bus journey are also options if time is an issue for you.  Needless to say the journey was enjoyable, with a great meal served onboard, and immigration back into the USA was a breeze on arrival.

 
 
 
 
Seattle is wonderful, with plenty of food, shopping, and interesting places to visit.  Washington State has a generous amount of wineries, and I had the chance to take a trip out of the city to experience some great wine tasting.  Back in the city, we started with a visit to Chihuly Gardens and Glass, and a meal in the revolving restaurant atop the Space Needle.  Next came a food tour of Pike Place Market – such a great way to experience this bustling place.  There is only so much you can do in a small amount of time, and I therefore will just have to go back to take in more of Seattle – places such as the Boeing Museum and more!!

All or some of these elements can be combined to make a wonderful holiday in the USA or Canada – or both!! Contact us for more information and to plan your trip now.

 
 

All photos by kind permission of Yvonne Dann

 

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In Cambodia you will find the temple complex of Angkor Wat.  It is the largest religious monument in the world on a site measuring 402 acres.  It was built as a Hindu temple which gradually changed to Buddhist towards the 21st century.
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Plan at least three hours to explore the whole complex, but more like half a day if you want to explore every nook and cranny.

All photos by kind permission of tourismcambodia.com

 
  

 

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