バンクーバー旅行記④/Greetings from Vancouver vol.4

今回で、パトのバンクーバー旅行記は最終回になります。パトは最後の1日を、どのように過ごしたのでしょうか?

It’s my last night in Canada before flying home. I spent most of the day in Victoria before taking the ferry back to the mainland. This morning I took a short taxi ride to the eastern side of the city to see Craigdarroch Castle. The castle was built in the late 1800’s by Robert Dunsmuir. He came to Vancouver Island from Scotland as a young man and became wealthy after discovering a large coal deposit. He never spent a night in the castle because died before it was completed.

このクレイダーロック城は、石炭の大鉱脈を掘り当て一夜にして大富豪になったロバート・ダンズミュアーが、1880年代に3年がかりで建てたお屋敷だそうです。ですが、残念ながらロバートさんが亡くなった後に完成し、奥さんとお子さんのみがしばらく住んでいたようです。

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The castle was converted from a home to a hospital during the First World War, and was later turned into a college. Eventually it was designated as a National Historic Site and restored to it’s original appearance.

この建物はその後病院や学校として使用され、今は歴史的博物館になっているとのことです。

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My next stop was the British Columbia Parliament Buildings that sit on the waterfront in downtown Victoria. There are free guided tours available throughout the day led by volunteers dressed in Victorian era clothing. The legislative chambers and the rotunda were very impressive. The grounds are decorated with a wide variety of flowers and there is a large statue of Queen Victoria at the front of the lawn.

ここは、現在も州議会が開かれる州議事堂のようです。州議会の部屋や堂内の装飾は、無料見学ツアーで見ることができるそうです。夜は、3000個の電球でライトアップされるんだとか。夜の写真がなくて残念です。

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My last stop in Victoria was the Robert Bateman Gallery. Robert Bateman is a Canadian naturalist and painter who is well known for his wildlife(野生動物) artwork. At the gallery you can see many of his paintings and also learn about some of his personal history.

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In the evening I took the ferry back to the mainland and got to enjoy more wonderful views.

フェリーからの夕日がとてもキレイです!

 

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Tomorrow I head back to California. It’s been a wonderful trip, but it always feels good to get back home.

パト

パトのバンクーバー旅行記、いかがでしたでしょうか? 旅行は楽しいけれど、家に着くと「やっぱり我が家がいちばん」という気持ちになるのも分かります。

私が選んだ最後の1枚の写真は、こちらです。

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ビクトリアにあった和食屋さんだと思います。のれんシンプルでとても可愛いですね。

次回はまた、LEや言語学習について書きたいと思います。お楽しみに!

エリ

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