New York Times heaps praise on our capital city as ‘urban jewel’

It’s nice to be noticed isn’t it? Especially when it’s the New York Times.


The newspaper’s travel section has turned its attention to Victoria with an article on how to spend 36 hours in B.C.’s capital.


Compliments poured out from writer Suzanne Carmick, who kicked off her piece by describing Victoria an “urban jewel with innovative restaurants, gorgeous parks and gardens and museums that celebrate the area’s many cultures.”


Our legislature is “majestic.” No argument from us.


The tour reflects what we all do when visitors come to town. Like Carmick, we go to Bastion Square, Munro’s Books, Trounce Alley and make sure our visitors see the beautiful and busy Victoria Harbour.


Thunderbird Park and the Royal B.C. Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Dallas Road and Clover Point were also on her itinerary.


Abkhazi Garden, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Fairmont Empress, Chinatown, Emily Carr House, Willows Beach, the University of Victoria and Mount Douglas Park are among other stops on her list.


An accompanying article has sensible advice on what to pack, cautioning readers that it might rain, so bring a rain jacket. The Times said Victoria is frequently sunny, so bring sunglasses and a hat to shade your face. Pack comfortable shoes and, of course, a camera.

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