Summer in Victoria

I went downtown for part of the morning last week and took a few quick photos with my phone. It was such a beautiful day, and super busy of course, as it's tourist season!

I went and walked the causeway round the harbour, and fell down the stairs going down to said causeway. TWICE. Brilliant.

I love the cute little water cabs running round the harbour, you can see three in this photos. One in the centre, one at the dock, and one on the right. The causeway is on the left, and the Parliament Buildings in the foreground.

The Jubilee banners were still flying at the Parliament Buildings. I hadn't gotten a chance to see them up close until last week and I think they look quite nice!

It's almost always breezy by the harbour, so since the flags were flying nicely I thought I'd take a quick photo.

It was so warm out I decided to go in the Parliament Buildings for a few minutes where I thought it might be cooler, and it, thankfully, was indeed cooler. I took a few photos inside whilst I wandered about.

This one is of the latin provincial motto, Splendor Sine Occasu, which translates to Splendour Without Diminishment. I love, love, love the the Parliament Buildings architecture inside and outside. It's such a beautiful building.

This is the chamber, looking much more peaceful than it does during months when the MLAs are sitting!

And downstairs a portrait of the Queen and Prince Phillip, which actually looks fairly old, doesn't it?

I spent a while walking around, trying to find the hall with the photos of all our past Premiers, while trying at the same time not to get lost. I first ended up in the hall with the photos of all our past Auditor Generals. Eventually I did find the Premiers hall, and the portrait of our second Premier, who was said to be quite the character.

And a photo of my shoes just because. Also because I was waiting to take the next photo while some tourists were taking photos in front of it. The level of cleanliness in the entire building is incredible, the floors practically gleam.

And the photo I was waiting to take, of a 3D type sculpture of our coat of arms -- which reminds me a bit of a Christmas ornament.

The final one is a photo of a photo, that I find particularly neat, that most of you probably don't really care about. As the caption says, it is of the official opening of the Parliament Buildings. being as into history -- and especially political history -- I love historical photos like this!