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Munro’s, Victoria, CanadaIn 1963 Jim Munro and his first wife, the Nobel-winning short story-writer Alice Munro, opened a bookshop in a narrow space near Victoria’s movie theatres. Now Munro’s is in a neo-classical building designed for the Royal Bank of Canada in 1909. “They keep their overstock in the old bank’s vaults,” says Campbell.

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Munro's Books, Victoria, British Columbia This is the bookstore that was opened by Alice Munro and her first husband.

Fan Tan Alley in Victoria's Chinatown is said to be Canada's narrowest street, but we like it for the cute shops and restaurants it's home to. #explorebc Photo by Jeremy Burgin.

Fan Tan Alley in Victoria's Chinatown is said to be Canada's narrowest street, but we like it for the cute shops and restaurants it's home to. Photo by Jeremy Burgin.

Hatley Castle ( BC Canada) c 1906  for British Columbia's Lt. Gov. James Dunsmuir, at the Royal Roads University, serves as its administration building.. Fans of the Smallville TV show may recognize it as the fictional mansion home of Lex Luthor. It was also used in the X-Men movie trilogy as Professor Xavier’s Mansion. I wonder if he knew the previous owner was a super villain.

Hatley Castle ( BC Canada) c 1906 for British Columbia's Lt. James Dunsmuir, at the Royal Roads University, serves as its administration building.

Librairie Ptyx, Brussels, Belgium Sure, it’s really the whole façade that catches the eye, but that big picture window is like a set of lovely eyes in a pretty face.

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Librairie Ptyx in Brussels. Even before you walk through the doors, it’s not hard to see that the Librairie Ptyx is a monument to all things art. Inside, titles are carefully curated, and the homages to famous writers covers the walls and ceilings.

Entrance to Fantan Alley, Victoria. Take a walking tour and learn the facinating history of Victoria's less known past, including bawdy houses, underground passage ways and notorious gambling establishments. Photo: Rowan Lustig

Entrance to Fantan Alley, Victoria. Take a walking tour and learn the facinating history of Victoria's less known past, including bawdy houses, underground passage ways and notorious gambling establishments.

High Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel  Victoria, Vancouver Island

High Tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ~ wonderful!

Trounce Alley | Victoria BC

Trounce Alley was named after Victoria Pioneer Thomas Trounce, the alley contains authentic gaslights more than 125 years old. Trounce Alley is home to unique one-of-a-kind shops.

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