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Marketa’s B&B is a homey, friendly and informal place to stay in Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC Canada.
239 Superior St, Victoria, BC, Canada V8V 1T3
Marketa’s sits on a quiet side street just a few blocks from the harbor. It is famous for its extravagant breakfasts and never fails to please. It has been awarded a 4.5 out of 5 with TripAdvisor for many years and was fully booked when we were there in June. It is an integral part of the timeless charm of Vancouver Island (Victoria) and is a delightful place to stay.
It takes its place amongst the favorite Victorian B&B’s in town with charming rooms and a varied choice of yummy dishes for breakfast. It is served in a cheerful and sunny room family style. Eggs Benedict with Marketa’s own special cheese sauce, Eggs Florentine, marvelous stacks of pancakes with shipped cream and Canadian Maple Syrop and a Montreal style Bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon and garnished with herbs and capers. All dishes are served with fresh fruit.
Restaurant "L'Olivier”, La Bastide de Saint Tropez*****, St. Tropez - Open all Season:
A delightful small, intimate restaurant with modern cuisine that drips with the products Provence served either in the Victorian "conservatory" glass and girder dining room or in the shade of the ancient olive trees on the terrace outside. One of our favorite eateries in France.
With the arrival of Chef Philippe Colinet in 2014, the cuisine has reached new highs of skill and professionalism. The dishes are at once simple and complex. This experienced chef brings to the kitchens of l'Olivier a deft touch and creates both a visual appeal and feast for the senses. read more>>
The hotel La Bastide de Saint-Tropez***** has been one of our favorite relaxing and private places to let down and relax for many years now under the capable and delightful hand of Director M. Fabien Delaffon. read more>>
A Marvelous Doggie Friendly luxury inn in the center of the coastal village of Carmel. Perfect for the winter holidays with huge fire place and afternoon teas with Fido:
The Cypress Inn*****, Lincoln & 7th., Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921 USA.
The Cypress Inn is one of those lovely establishments with one foot in the relaxing ambiance of the past and one foot tentatively reaching toward the present. There is an old world charm about this historic hotel that leads you toward letting down and taking a nap in one of the deep sofas or arm chairs in the high ceilinged, wooden beamed lounge with a book on your lap in front of the blazing fire. Sometime between 1:30 and 3:45 you may be gently awakened by a young lady bearing a silver tray of English tea and goodies, a flower in a small silver vase. read more of our story>>
Pastry Chef Laurnet Dellac demonstrates how to prepare his "Pistachio Christmas Log Dessert". If this catches your fancy, click here for the full page and larger video >>
Recipe: Executive Chef Jean Paul Lair of Restaurant "Le Vallauris" in Palm Springs, demonstrates the first of three videos how to prepare his "Maine Lobster Soufflé. click here for the full page and larger video >>
Take a tour of Château Hotel de la Messardière ***** (see left) and listen to the informative introduction by General Manager Alexandre Durand-Viel.
Visit the spa of La Messardière with its own indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room, and extentensive treatment rooms not to mention its own garden with fountains to sun and relax.