i'm taking you back to royal roads university
this time to take a peek at the italian gardens.
the university's main building, hatley castle is the centrepiece of the campus
and sits surrounded by the gardens.
there is so much history behind hatley castle.
it was built initially as a home for james dunsmuir, b.c.'s lieutenant governor,
then used as a military college and now as a university.
this is ian's alma mater...
imagine studying with all this beauty around you?
as you enter the italian gardens you step into a vestibule of columns and
immediately, you are transported into some italian villa.
the columns take you around a full circle
with four different rooms in opposite corners.
unlike the roman colosseum,
this garden is so lush with ivy and fuchsias everywhere !!!
we've visited royal roads a couple of times this past summer
and the gardens are looking better than ever.
each visit is such a serene experience.
mostly because it is usually not crowded.
royal roads university, hatley park and the gardens
is an easy trip from downtown victoria.
with a car, it takes 25 minutes from town,
and the public bus system will also get you here.
yes, the italian gardens of royal roads is a real gem,... another must see !!!
it truly is a beautiful spot.