Published: June 22nd 2011June 21st 2011
It was a fishing village
Welcome to Halifax! Let us take you back to a time when life was simpler - think university residence where we spent three nights at Mount Saint Vincent. In case you don't remember - think hard, rubbery mattresses and lovely ladies (this is genuine) serving up breakfast / grub in the caf'.
We had a nice wander along the waterfront followed by an early dinner. Day two our partly sunny day was mostly raining so we took refuge at Pier 21 Immigration museum. Bill got in trouble starting a disco party with the lighted displays (there is some dispute around whether Rob 'assisted'). Meanwhile, in the research area - our distracted parents were learning about their ancestors. We now have a copy of Anna Fors (Bob's grandmother) immigration information. It seems women could not travel solo in that era, so she claimed she would be marrying a painter. We won't learn about a particular Malzer immigration until 75 years following the 1953 November voyage. Stay tuned....
Had a nice pub lunch with one of Jen's university friends. Good chance to reconnect and ask for local touring advice. Although...we were then directed to the Keith's brewery for a tour and taste. A
Nova Scotia Coastline
Rare shot with no tourists
well acted commercial. (Bill won the contest drinking three beer but was determined that four could be possible with the right timing and enthusiasm. Rob had two, and the rest a mere single beer.) That's all we'll say about that.
Back to the waterfront we boarded a corvette called the Sackville. That is Her Majesty's Canadian Ship....the last of her kind. Her speciality was speed, and escorting boats across the Atlantic during the second world war.
That night we had a birthday celebration for Rob and Bill. We picked a great restaurant called Chives bistro. Great dishes all round. Dessert was the casino - and our responsible parents won big. Enough for a drink each at the pub after (this follows The Bill Gambling Act of 1999 whereby all ill-gotten winnings are to be spent the night they are awarded. Further they shall be spent on something classified as 'fun').
Day two Halifax was a busy one. We got in our land yacht and sailed 'round the horn. First destination was Peggy's cove - as picturesque as promised. Even in June the bus loads of fellow admirers meant it was a bit much. We did manage a couple great photos
though, so please enjoy!
To escape we followed the signs to a hidden gem hiking trail. It really was hidden - including any signs of a proper destination. So, we stopped for a beer to regroup.
After we found Lunenburg. A pretty, british-planned town dedicated to boat building and fishing. Unesco heritage site, and somehow uncrowded.
A last night in Halifax, a last Halifax pub - this time with Bill's friends.
Then, to sneak a peak at Will and Kate - the travelling group is on to PEI. First stop was a tiny vineyard Bill needed to see. It was a quicker tour and plenty of tasting - just the way we like it! They must not have many grapes - they use all kinds berries. On the way out discovered an impromptu petting zoo - Bill and Lynda fed the horse luscious long green grass - it's always greener on the other side of the fence. And Jen discovered a puppy (no, Kia - she didn't puppynap this time.)
We had our first taste of oysters - and picked the right place. The oysters conveniently live about 200 ft from Carr's oyster bar. After dinner we decided that in
Those who like it...
like it a lot. Is it a beer tour or a commercial? No one knows.
honour of the solstice we would walk to the beach. Jen was the only one who dressed for the weather - check out her atlantic pashmina.
Hope you're staying warm! Good night!
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