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Celebrating The Titanic

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Amazing Mural of the Titanic

Every once in a while there is an event that we know will stay with us in long-term memory as a very special night. And while it seemed a bit wrong to be attending a party that re-enacted the hours before such a tragic event, the Titanic Party that I attended was one of those nights.

Everyone that attended knows that our friend who played hostess is an amazing party planner but I don’t think anybody was prepared for the large mural of the Titanic and several shimmering icebergs that adorned the garage as we approached her home.   She had spent most of the day painting the mural, the final step in months of planning and preparation.  Both she and her husband proved to be amazing hosts for this unique event held on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. (more…)

 

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How To Eat Breakfast In Your PJs

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

I have a kitchenFirst of all, I need to make something perfectly clear. I DO NOT COOK! The only reason that I have a kitchen is that it came with the house. It is full of cooking machines that simply confuse me. So, given this information, you may wonder why I am telling you about the kitchenettes at Accent Inns.

Well – I actually like to book a room with a kitchenette when I travel. Not because I am planning to create gourmet meals in my room BUT because I like to have fresh milk for my coffee, yoghurt for my breakfast and occasionally I like to make toast and fry an egg. In fact, I prefer to drink my coffee and eat my breakfast in my room while still in my PJs. (more…)

 

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The Boulders Climbing Gym

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

rock climbing center in Victoria BCWith the Accent Inn  being the host hotel for the Youth Western Regional Climbing Competition being held in Victoria BC at The Boulders Climbing Gym this weekend, a small group of intrepid adventurers from the hotel decided we should check out the Gym to see what indoor rock climbing is all about.

Kyle, Whitney, Diane and I headed out for an introductory climbing lesson delivered by a knowledgeable and entertaining instructor named Evan. We listened to Evan’s every word as he gave us instructions on our harnesses, rope tying and belaying. There was quite a bit of nervous laughter as we all knew the end result would be climbing to the top of a wall, balancing our feet and grasping with our fingers to tiny hold shaped like animals and placed at distances that seem way too far apart. (more…)

 

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The Artist – movie review

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Artist

Going to the Movies

A Movie Review

Being used to movies in high-definition with surround sound on a wide-screen, I wondered in advance if it would be possible to follow and enjoy a movie without sound or colour.

I saw the movie in a quaint old-fashioned theatre in Sidney BC, with a small screen and a poor viewing angle. The tall man in front of me blocked part of the screen and I did not think I would be able to follow the plot that was so dependent upon facial expressions and the occasional words spread across the screen. (more…)

 

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Ever been to a West Coast Snowball Fight?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

 

Snowball fight in the West

Westcoast snowball fight, not what you think!

What does a snowball fight look like in Victoria or Vancouver? Well, you get a small group of people,dress the men in funny pants, give them each a bag full of sticks with bent ends and some small dimpled white balls and then release them onto a Golf Course. That’s right! On the West Coast we consider the golf ball a reasonable replacement for a snow ball.

And while we do like to believe that it never snows here, the fact is that it rarely snows and our Golf Courses are open year round. In fact winter golf is often less expensive and less crowded. (more…)

 

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Snowshoeing Brings Back Memories

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Snowshoeing at Grouse on the North shore 2011 not far from Accent Inn Burnaby hotel

Snowshoeing at Grouse on the North shore 2011

When I was a kid growing up on the East Coast one of my favourite winter activities was grabbing my brother’s wooden snowshoes, rounding up my uncle’s Springer Spaniel (Blueboy), and heading out into the woods.  “Cousin Blue” and I spent many hours cutting new trails and following the ones we had previously created.  Of course, things did not always go as planned……  (more…)

 

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Mark Your Calendar Now

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Victoria bc hotel can help relieve christmas stress

Don't let Christmas stress you out, plan ahead

The Holiday Season is over, it’s time to reflect on both the good and maybe “not so good” of the season.  It brings to mind some of life’s lessons that I learned recently.

Just before Christmas I paid a call on Marlin Travel in Broadmead Village Shopping Centre.  As we were discussing plans for Christmas, Kathryn shared her “Secret to Success”.  After the previous Christmas, she purchased her 2011 calendar, opened it to December 2011 and wrote in big letters “Remember Last Christmas”.  I was fascinated. (more…)

 

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Machu Picchu appears out of the clouds

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Accent Inns Canuck Duck and Victoria hotel sales manager Karen England enjoy the ruins in Machu Picchu

I could live here!

As the Trip comes to an end, Canuck Duck and Karen are treated to a wonderful site…..

Day 4:

We slept restlessly knowing that we will be getting up so early.  Breakfast and our final packing take place in the dark as does the first part of the morning’s walk.  We will soon be at our destination and all of us are still together.

We are surprised at how sore our muscles are today.  Yesterday’s downhills took a real toll on our bodies.

All 200 of trekkers arrive at the Sun gate around the same time.  The darkness has lifted but we are surrounded by clouds.  We are told that Machu Picchu lies below but there is no strong evidence. (more…)

 

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What, NO BEER?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Accent Inns Canuck Duck enjoying Machu Picchu

Canuck Duck enjoying Machu Picchu

As we follow Canuck Duck and Karen through the third day of their Machu Picchu adventure, Canuck Duck reveals that he is indeed a true Canadian. He misses his beer but is polite enough to settle for something else.

Day 3

Since only 200 people (and one duck) are allowed on the Inca Trail per day, the various Trekking Companies stagger their distances so that some have an easier day on the 2nd day and others have their easier day on the 3rd day.  We are looking forward to our easier day. (more…)

 

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Machu Picchu -Dead Duck Pass!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Accent Inns Canuck Duck keeps hiking Machu Picchu even with the hills

They should call this "Dead Duck Pass!"

The trip gets challenging but Canuck Duck and side kick, Karen work through the pain and keep their spirits high!

Day 2:

I’m not a big fan of coca tea but the super caffeine jolt helps to mobilize my aching body after a restless night in our tent.  Despite pure exhaustion, 3300 meters of altitude plays havoc with sleeping and the night passed by drifting in and out of consciousness.

Day 2 is well known to be the most difficult of the trek with legendary tales of Dead Woman’s Pass at 4200 meters.  Karen wonders if she will be laid to rest as the latest victim of the pass but we come to find it is named simply because the rock formations appear from a distance to outline a woman in repose, or possibly dead.  We may have to re-name it Dead Duck Pass! (more…)

 

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