A-Z #Gratitude: #Thanks for #Victoria and #Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Day 22 of the A-Z Blogging Challenge and the letter V.

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Thanks for Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Out cycling along the seafront today, I got off and walked awhile and chatted with a woman from Estonia.  She was resting on a bench, her walking poles propped beside her.

Olympic Mountains
Olympic Mountains (Photo credit: brewbooks)

“What’s the best place?” she asked.

“The best place?”

“Yes, the best place in the world?”

I stood and looked out across the Salish Sea to Port Angeles and the Olympic Mountains.  The cool sea breeze, fresh on my skin and in my lungs; the sun warm on my face.

“I asked because someone asked me that this morning,” she said.

“What did you say?” I asked, a knowing smile on my face.

“Here. Victoria,” she said.

“Yes,” I replied, “I came back here after 17 years away, the last 10, in Europe.  It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

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