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The Pancake Chronicles: fan tan alley

The Pancake Chronicles

Friday, July 06, 2007

fan tan alley

Here we find a cool little alleyway somewhere in downtown Victoria.
It is full of quirky shoppes that don't really want to be found.
See now? Would you expect a bevvy of stores to meet you through these bricks?
I was told "never walk in alleyways, Colleen".
But one time I did.
And made the mistake of telling Mom and Dad.
And got a whooping.
And then for a long, long time I didn't walk in alleyways.
Or at least tell Mom and Dad that I did.
That's okay, Begetters. I have no ill will toward thee. Bad things can happen in alleyways. I see that now.
Thug whoopings, for instance.
Not good.
But this is no thug-whooping alley.
It's a happy alley.



Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

Love how happy this alley is, and all the smiling faces, and wonderful photos.

Love that I have high-speed internet so I can take the time to look at them! :-)

And, I love you.

6 July 2007 at 23:06  
Blogger Sonya said...

That's my kind of alley!

7 July 2007 at 08:56  
Blogger Rachel said...

Victoria is a fun place to explore and aren't all alleyways safe in the sunshine?!?!

7 July 2007 at 18:26  
Anonymous Captain Mama said...

That's Fan Tan Alley and is also the place where you can find Em's sister (Interior Designer) at #17 1/2! It's a great alley and has so many treasures! Glad you found it!


7 July 2007 at 21:17  
Blogger Kori said...

What a great find... and great pictures of your great find!

8 July 2007 at 00:06  
Blogger Colleen said...

Talena - Thanks, T-Bean! And um, ILY2. :) Did you just get high speed?

Sonya - For some reason I just thought of that secret alley of Harry Potter's. It was in the first movie - can't remember if it was in other ones. This alley isn't so scary though.

Rachel - I think you're right, things in the light are safe things.

Hey Kel! Right! Fan Tan Alley! I remember the name now that you say it. My brother Jon (in the pics) has taken me there whenever we happen to be in Victoria together. Which is twice. (I made it sound like I've been there hundreds of times.) I love the sneakiness of it. I wonder if I talked with your SIL! I remember being quite chatty in that alley. Cool!

Kori - Thanks, you! It was a great day too on top of it all.

8 July 2007 at 06:22  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

No, just seeing the amount of pictures on this page made me remember when it would have taken at least 15 minutes to open it. And made me thankful that that's not me anymore.

We've been on high-speed for over 2 years now.

8 July 2007 at 21:43  
Blogger Tips Of All Sorts said...

What kind of shops are there?
Just curious, Clara

9 July 2007 at 02:54  
Blogger Colleen said...

T - I have kinda been picture dumping the last little bit. I'm glad it doesn't take forever for you anymore but I hadn't even thought of those who don't have it!

Clara - there's a music store and there are clothes and jewellery and more. The stores are eclectic and artistic fun and just what you'd want in a little hideaway alley.

9 July 2007 at 15:12  
Anonymous Felicia said...

Looks like a wonderful little place :)

10 July 2007 at 02:43  
Blogger Colleen said...

TIS a wonderful place, Felicia! If you google Fan Tan Alley you will discover its curious history. It is the heart of Canada's oldest Chinatown. Cool beans!

10 July 2007 at 11:46  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

It looks like a very skinny alley. Did you buy anything?

10 July 2007 at 19:47  
Blogger Colleen said...

It WAS a skinny alley (in places). I didn't buy anything. Good thing I didn't eat anything in there or I might not have been able to squeeze my way out!

11 July 2007 at 19:49  

any questions?

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