The day looked to be perfect for an outing, and we chose Point Ellice House as our destination. The historic house belonged to the same family for over 100 years, and, in a place like Victoria, that’s a long time. The bonus for the trip would be the café there, with service in the garden and rolling green lawn overlooking the water. Our plan was to walk there and then take a little water ferry back to our side of the harbor.
The 45-minute walk took us past the scenic harbor, then down a not-so-scenic busy street…
…and before we knew it we were walking in an industrial area.
The sidewalk ended for a time, the noise increased, and we breathed a sigh of relief when we came within sight of Point Ellice House.
An OPEN sign hung on the fence and we were happy to escape the industrial neighborhood and enter the green, wooded grounds only to discover the House was closed to visitors.
A kindly gardener told us the house is only open Thursday thru Sunday. We had checked their website before leaving and never saw any mention about their being closed on Tuesdays. Arggh! He felt badly and said we could look around the garden if we’d like.
We did stroll the garden and went down to the water taxi dock, but knew no one would be stopping today to pick us up. We were hungry and needed a plan. Why not head for the nearby and highly recommended Fry’s Red Wheat Bakery? That would be a treat! We wouldn’t let a closing ruin our day.
Again we walked through an industrial area (where we stopped to watch the heavy working machinery at the gravel plant), and, in 15 minutes, we arrived at Fry’s.
CLOSED. It hadn’t even occurred to us to check their hours. Now, we’d had 2 strikes against us. Enough!
Where to now? Did we mention we were hungry? Another popular spot, Fol Epi, was a15-minute walk away.
We picked up our pace but did stop long enough to watch work on ships.
When we arrived, we saw customers coming out and others on the patio. Relief! We bounded up the steps.
The little next-door coffee shop, Caffé Fantastico, was serving drinks, but, as we rounded the corner for Fol Epi, a “fantastic organic bakery” acording to a revew on Tripadvisor, a familiar CLOSED sign hung on the door. Normally they would have been open but this was an unexpected holiday closing.
We had three strikes against us and no food yet, but we weren’t down. Resigned, we sat down at 2:30pm in Caffé Fantastico and had a coffee (him) and hot chocolate (her). Both very good.
We have been (exceedingly) lucky in our travels. Our arrangements almost always work well. We often seem to stumble upon wonderful new finds. Life generally rolls our way. We can’t really complain about one day like this one – even though it did have not one, not two, but three misses!
P.S. We made it to Fry’s Red Wheat Bakery the next day and sampled a savory Danish pastry with oyster mushroom on hazelnut pesto and a sweet Danish pastry with fig on vanilla crème. Both were very, very good.
A return to Point Ellice House and Fol Epi depends upon whether we’re feeling really lucky.