Rick Mercer hangs out at our pool

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Okay, it’s not our hotel pool but it is our commonwealth pool.  Did you know Victoria is where Canada’s Olympians come to train.  Swimmers, rowers, sailors and so many sports call Victoria home to train.  We are not just about tea and flowers.  Enjoy the show:


Why not take in the Symphony with you next visit to the Chateau

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It’s March Madness at the VS!  11 concerts take place over the month including:

  • The Elmer Iseler Singers perform in the Classics Series – March 18
  • Janina Fialkowska returns to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G – March 24 & 25
  • Broadway Spectacular conducted by Brian Jackson stars the talented young performers from CCPA – March 30 to April 1

The Symphony performs at the Royal Theatre, located just around the corner from us.  We have been a proud supporter for over a decade.

 Get your tickets today! www.victoriasymphony.ca

 


Beware the ides of March (March 15, 2012)

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Had it not been for Julius Caesar’s death and a Shakespeare play, an ide would probably be most associated with its basic meaning, a full moon.

But alas, that isn’t so.

On the date of the Roman calendar in 44 B.C. that corresponds with our March 15, the power-hungry Roman emperor was assassinated. Before that incident ancient Romans thought of an ide as simply one of several common calendar terms that marked monthly lunar events.

With the death of Julius Caesar, however, the phrase has since represented a specific day of abrupt change, one that forever changed Roman society and beyond, according to National Geographic .

“You can read in Cicero’s letters from the months after the Ides of March. … He even says, ‘The Ides changed everything,’” Josiah Osgood, an assistant professor of classics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., told the magazine in a 2004 article.

Adding to that doom surrounding the phrase ides of March is Shakespeare’s use of it in his play, ” Julius Caesar ,” Act III, Scene 1:

Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the music cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.

Caesar: What man is that?

Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

“That line of the soothsayer, ‘Beware the ides of March,’ is a pithy line, and people remember it, even if they don’t know why.

So know you know.

No doom to speak of here in Victoria.  Only Good luck on this emerald isle .  In-fact,  if you are coming to town before the end of March,  and have endured this little lesson, you might find you can save a little gold buy clicking here for a special offer at our hotel.  Offers apply to new reservations only and are subject to availability.