This morning we have a lazy few hours with Max and Abby watching television cartoons. I am folding the clean laundry (I have a rule about travelling with dirty laundry) and when I need their assistance and call their name, they respond with a karate stance and a sharp “ma’am! Yes ma’am!!) They lighten my slightly sad mood as I realize this is the last morning of Nana Vacation time, and now I will have to share them again.
Packed up our beautiful little condo for 5 days and then out and about to say good-bye to Victoria before we have to head to the airport.
It’s a good thing that we are leaving the dangerous downtown of Victoria. The kids were almost eaten by a Canadian bear!! Poor little things were terrified.
To celebrate their survival, we hop on our final Victoria Taxi and made our way to the Victoria airport to meet up with Jeffry and Kerri in Calgary.
Almost everyone of these taxi’s we used (and we used them at least twice a day!) were all Prius cars as Victoria prides herself on keeping green. The Unites States could take some lessons from Canada. Going green is just one of them. The other major one is how British Columbia tries to save historical buildings – or at least their facades and architecture – even if they will be renovated for use other than what was originally intended. I understand how a sleek modern building may be the desirous effect of the moment, the beauty and history of the old is far more interesting to me. And I think by discarding them, we do our younger generations a disservice and rob them of the importance of our past. That is just this Gdovin Girl’s perspective.
This old Catholic church in BC was restored and has been used as an art gallery.
The Empress Hotel in 1908 and then today.
Late lunch at the White Spot in the Victoria Airport before winging our way to Calgary. Jeffry and Kerri met us with a rental car and the GPS loaded for our drive to Red Deer, Alberta – Kerri’s hometown, and then to our Airbnb for a week. Of course the little ones were very excited to get hugs from mommy and daddy and jabbered about their adventures and the plans for upcoming family get-togethers as we navigated our way to Red Deer.
32 Family-friendly rides! High-energy entertainment! Tempting treats! Calaway Park has something for everyone! As Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park, Calaway Park has been offering affordable, family- friendly fun and entertainment for over three decades. Ever since the award-winning theme park first opened its doors in 1982, Calaway Park has built on our well-deserved reputation for excellence by offering the best attractions, no less than 32 rides designed for thrill-seekers of all ages and beautifully choreographed, high-energy entertainment. I enjoyed the outdoor shows and watching little ones on rides.
After a full day of rides and water and snacks and entertainment, it was time to head out to our hotel, which is attached to the Calgary Int’l Airport. Wonderful concept. Not only beautiful, but how convenient! We had a great dinner at
and we were so ready for real food instead of fast food, and Montana’s delivered. While Kerri and I relaxed after dinner, Jeffry and the kids made their way out to the escalators to discover just how and why the escalators would speed up and then slow down. Thank goodness they figured it out so that burning question would not be mulling in our minds!
The hotel was as expected for a Marriott – always beautiful and scrumptiously soft and yummy bedding. Also, very relaxing and quiet, given the fact that our hotel room windows looked out over the runways, landing strips and docks. Thumbs up!
Okay, it isn’t MY native land. Still, when in Rome …
We made it! Calgary International Airport. I feel more relaxed already. After a short pause for a photo-op, we are on the way to the car rental for the not too far drive to Red Deer, Alberta.
And this charmer is our home for 6 days!
An immaculate 2 bedroom home complete with a well stocked refrig and lawn games for the kids. All of the kids! Perfect! As we settled in with luggage and setting up our little spaces, I decided I would share the room with Max and Abby and let Jeffry & Kerri have a bit of a break with their own room. Not really much sharing as our room was ginormous – I had a double bed on one side of the room and there were twin beds on the other side – one with blue linens and one with pink. Abby arranged her toys and books on her side of the table and Maxwell found a little cabinet which suited his Pokemon collection just fine. They each put their clothes in little cubbies in the closet and were well satisfied with their areas. It was so cute to see them try to carefully put their items here and there, and although it kind of looked a hot mess to me, they stood back and studied the progress they made and I could tell they were thinking “well done”. So what if Max hung his underwear on the little hooks in the closet? To him it was logical as he could just grab one each day. Very handy! They didn’t have to be told what to do – they just did it. There was no fighting and lots of “here, Abby – you can put some stuff right here”. That’s my grand kids!