Everyone we have met in Victoria so far has commented that Spring is late this year. The trees are just starting to form buds, where last year at this time they were in full bloom. That (as well as the intermittent light showers) may explain why there are only 40-50 cars in the parking lot when we arrive. A million visitors see the gardens each year - we feel like we almost have them to ourselves.
We then meander through the various area: Sunken Garden, Japanese Garden, and Italian Garden. Along the way we see the Ross Fountain with it's dancing water, totem poles, the Dragon and Sturgeon Fountains, Butchart Cove and the Star Pond. We slip by the Rose Garden, since they were all just pruned stalks.
Walking around the Gardens helps us justify our choice for dinner - Pagliacci's Restaurant and their lasagna. William orders Dempsey's - beef, mushrooms, ricotta and mozzarella between layers of fresh lasagna noodles. It is topped with a perfect red sauce. I choose Mr. Roberts - Canadian dungeness and rock crab, baby shrimp, spinach and mozzarella between layers of fresh lasagna noodles. It also has the red sauce and a wedge of lemon. William declares his is the best lasagna he has ever had in a restaurant. Mine is darn good as well - I would be happy if I could eat it once a week.
Our waiter asks us if we would like dessert. Although they still serve their cheesecake which was featured in Bon Appetit Magazine several years ago, we resist. The 20 minute walk back to our hotel is a nice finish to a great meal.