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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

The Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.

After a quick tour of the impressive Empress Hotel, we walked along the waterfront to enjoy the boats. Along our journey we crossed paths with a man who had "snuck away" from the hustle and bustle of Christmas at his son's house a few blocks away. With a smile, he admitted that he just needed some fresh air before dinner. He was kind enough to take this picture before heading back the way he came.

Meeting him helped me to appreciate the quiet moments that followed. Other than a few corner stores, the city was completely closed down for the night. As much as I missed friends and family, everything was so peaceful -- it was as if everything in the universe was in its place.

As luck would have it, we found ourselves seated at one of the few open restaurants, “Wild Saffron.” The food was as satisfying as it was beautiful. I truly enjoyed the champagne sorbet sprinkled with peppercorns and a swig of mint. Who’d a thought?