Subject: Re: Vancouver and Victoria

I'd echo the earlier suggestions to spend a lot more time in Vancouver than Victoria. Of 5 days, I'd spend at most 1-1/2 in Victoria, and at least a half day of that would be at Butchart Gardens (don't be put off by the cutesy parking lot which made me worry at first that was a kitschy tourist trap). Getting to the Gardens without a rental car may take some time and effort, as it is not near the city, but surely there are buses from the ferry dock or downtown that go there.

In Vancouver, the better and more interesting restaurants seemed to be in theYaletown district. For dim sum, our Chinese friends suggested, and we went to, Floata in Chinatown, a huge restaurant on the second floor of a shopping area, where my spouse and I were the only non-Asians in the several-hundred-seat dining room, and which reminded me of the larger dim sum places in Hong Kong. (It's a real contrast to the white-table-cloth dim sum restaurants downtown.) Also worthwhile to visit in Chinatown, IMHO, is the Sun Yat Sen garden.

Carol Boulder, Colorado