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Luxury means different things to different people.  To some, it relates to things such as fine dining, cars, homes, furniture.  To others it is comprised of vacations, warm, welcoming, pampered.  While some luxuriate in a great read or perhaps music that invigorates the soul.  Then there’s the luxury of time and the ability to use it freely for whatever we wish.  What of the luxury of thought?  Or the luxury of freedom? Freedom to be who you want to be, do what you want to do, when you want to do it, with whom you wish to enjoy it!

Luxury whatever the ideal, brings relaxation, happiness, peacefulness to the body and the spirit like a summit reached, or a dream fulfilled.  No matter how large or small the scale, it is attainable, refreshing, and pleasurable.

Some would turn up their nose and yell it is selfish and meager and unimportant and lasts momentarily scoffing at the idea.  To those who reach out for the luxury of a pair of shoes, their next meal or a roof over their head, or a warm winter coat, or that last breath, or freedom of speech, it is meaningful and filled with relief, a luxury incomparable.

Most important of all is the luxury of good health with which we are able to partake in life, in simply breathing.


Who doesn’t delight in dreaming about traveling to far away destinations and the possibility of making those dreams a reality?


Tally Ho Carriage Ride


A firm believer that traveling broadens your horizons and assists in growth as you experience the world and what it offers, I also believe those travels don’t have to include long distances but can take place nearer to home.

Victoria, BC is approximately an hour away.  There are some impressive structures to enjoy such as the “Empress Hotel” with it’s moss covered exterior along with it’s impressive list of famous individuals, some of which I’ve outlined in my novel. It’s Chateau-style was designed by Sir Francis Rattenbury and was built between 1904 and 1908.

And what a find, and how beautiful is Craigdarroch Castle.  Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria, it is now a National Historic Site.  It has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of the privileged life in the 1890s. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of an intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks. When I last visited, it was being used as a conservatory of music and housed rooms which included harps, violins, pianos and more.

Although many would rid the world of carriage rides, one of the most beautiful and enjoyable are the Tally Ho Carriage Tours which offer a slow paced ride that includes heritage homes, panoramic water views, snow-capped mountains, and most importantly, a very pleasurable cuddle with that someone special.

These are but a few of my favourite sites to visit in Victoria.



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