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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia August 31st 2019

“If Nova Scotia were a film, its protagonists would be rugged, yet kind-hearted, burnt by the wind and at one with the sea. It would be shot against a backdrop of rolling green fields and high cliffs; its soundtrack would feature fiddles, drums and evocative piano scores; and its plot would be a spirited romp around themes of history, community and family ... Nova Scotia is the real deal. Its wild and wonderfully varied landscape is home to a diverse population of resourceful, hospitable folk, who love to sing and dance but who’d happily break you at dodgeball in a second ... Short-lived summers are a sheer delight, as the locals emerge from the cold to celebrate life ... late spring and peak fall conditions ... afford spectacular scenery ... while long, white winters are harsh ... read more
Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax August 29th 2019

Well, we made it to Halifax. We did take a slow route. Sacramento to Denver. Then Denver to Chicago. We only had a 51 minute layover in Chicago and our plane from Denver was late. When we landed in Chicago, we had 15 minutes to get to our plane to Halifax. We landed on the farthest runway from the terminal and parked at the farthest gate from the runway. Then we had to run past 10 gates, go thru a long hallway to the next building and up to gate 6, where they told us we needed to go to the next building and gate 25. I ran ahead and everyone was already on the plane except us. We had to wait for Stacy. When we got to Halifax I got a text that one of ... read more
Sailboat on harbor
Stacy

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton August 22nd 2019

We booked a Princess shore excursion from Sydney, Nova Scotia, to the town of Baddeck. Our guide this time was a Sydney native and he had much history and information to relay. We were now in the Cape Breton Island area of Nova Scotia. The region resembles Scotland in its glacial lakes, mountainous terrain and climate. It reminded Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) so much of his native Scotland that he purchased an estate at Baddeck, on Lake Bras d'Or in 1885. (Lake Bras d'Or is actually a long saltwater fjord.) Bell used Baddeck as his summer retreat and base for research and development until his death in 1922. Thus, the principle destination of our tour was the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. The displays at the historic site trace Bell's career as a teacher of ... read more
Early Wall Telephones
Bell's Camera and Photographic Plates
Bell Experiments with Underwater Communication

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Peggy's Cove August 21st 2019

Morning was bright and sunny as we sailed into Halifax. We had selected a Princess shore excursion to Peggy's Cove. The guide and coach driver were excellent. The guide explained he was a "CFA" or Come From Away, as he was originally from Ontario. Yet, he was very knowledgeable about Nova Scotia and Halifax. I had the good fortune to have a seat near the windshield of the coach. The driver saw I liked to take pictures and pointed out upcoming sights as we drove along. The route took us from Halifax along St. Margaret's Bay, passing many picturesque coastal villages such as Hackett's Cove. Peggy's Cove is located near the entrance to St. Margaret's Bay. The village probably takes its name from the bay, but there are many folk legends as to its origin. The ... read more
Rockbound Coastline of St. Margaret's Bay
Dancing Rock
Granite Blocks at Peggy's Cove

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Liverpool August 14th 2019

Spending a few days in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada. Today we visited the Information Centre and they recommended we visit the local cement sculptures. We did and we were so so impressed. They are called Concrete Creations and can be found at Cosby's Garden Centre in Liverpool. Although the centre was non-descript at the entrance, lurking behind the garden centre is a large number (perhaps 30 - 40) of concrete sculptures arranged on a number of trails behind the centre. The trails are wonderfully manicured with a wide variety of plants and shrubs . The various statues are intermingled amongst the greenery along the trails. We spent 30 minutes there walking around the trails and admiring the intricate sculptures. A must see if you are in the Liverpool area. In fact, it is well worth a ... read more
Me at Concrete Creations, Liverpool, Nova Scotia
Concrete Creations, Liverpool, Nova Scotia
Concrete Creations, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Sydney August 9th 2019

August 2, 2019 – Sydney, NS - Weather: 77°F/25°C, Bright sunny clear skies, wind 10.3 mph, humidity 53° Our port of call today is Sydney NS, located out on the easternmost tip of Cape Breton Island. This colonial town was established shortly after the American Revolution and helped establish a British presence in the area. Sydney was established primarily as a garrison town and was laid out by military engineers. It attracted a number of United Empire Loyalists who fled to British North America from the American Colonies. Once home to one of the largest steel mills in Canada, the plant is now closed and the site has been cleared. The city currently relies on tourism as its primary industry, attracting 100+ cruise ships alone each year. Ideally situated near the Cabot Trail that takes you ... read more
2_Our Guide
3_St. Patrick's
4_Jost Heritage House

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax May 31st 2019

Dear Friends (and others!), This blog will be about our 2 month adventures traveling across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver – mostly by train, with lots of stops on the way. Some of you may have subscribed to our previous trips to follow along on our Caminos, and not be interested. It’s okay if you unsubscribe – my feelings won’t be hurt. Maybe next year for our next Camino. I won’t be writing every day – maybe just every Provence. Halifax, Nova Scotia An uneventful flight from Austin to Halifax after 2 hours of sleep. The highlight was using one of our United lounge passes in Newark. Free buffet, good coffee and a relaxing place to wait until our connection. I could get used to that! We landed to find rain, cold and a strong wind, ... read more
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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax December 27th 2018

I traveled to Halifax to attend the Canadian Association of Labour Media conference from May 10-12, 2018. I stayed at The Lord Nelson, a fancy, old hotel immediately across from the beautiful Public Gardens. When I arrived, it was raining and not very conducive to roaming around the city. I did walk around a bit the next day and came across the impressive Common Roots Urban Farm. I would love to have seen the urban farm during the growing season. There was a couple social nights at bars down on Lower Water Street during the conference. One was particularly fun because there was a live local band. My partner joined me for the weekend once the conference ended. The Lord Nelson was too expensive for us to stay at once my employer wasn't fitting the bill, ... read more
Common Roots Urban Farm
Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
Peggy's Cove

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax September 27th 2018

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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Sidney September 27th 2018

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