Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July 26,27,28 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Downtown Halifax: Visited the Citadel, former British fort and stronghold to secure the North Atlantic for the British, Pier 21 where all the immigrants came in and where the returning soldiers arrived home, the Atlantic Naval Museum for some good pirate stories and the graveyard for the Titanic graves. Halifax harbour is large, busy and impressive. Kids ate Beavertails, very delicious. Just to reassure Ali, Beaver Tails are deep fried donuts in the shape of a beaver tail served with sweet delicious toppings, like apple cinnamon or cream cheese and caramel or maple syrup and chocolate, not real beaver tails!!! Nice city we liked it. Bought Dulce today. It is a local delicacy, dried seaweed, and a favourite with Lisa who grew up in New Brunswidk. I like it. Kids not so sure!

We were given a moose steak, that a guy had just hunted in Newfoundland. Tasted really good. So far Shawn has been given, Moose steaks, a Seabass, trout, a chocolate cake and a Canadian flag!! People are very generous,welcoming and friendly.


Wandering about going to Newfoundland or not? Expensive to cross, the East Coast is having some crumby weather, it is a long way and it is a very big island, with long drives to get in and out of coastal communities, which seems to be too much travelling on top of what we have done already. Kids really want to go, so we might get there yet. I have promised that we if we don't get there this year, we will fly out there to visit it again sometime. We are looking forward to staying in the same place for a while. We are also starting to look forward to being home again. We will be heading to Cape Bretton next to visit the graves of Shawn's ancestors, his Great Great Grandparents, I believe. I am considering flying home with the kids and then Shawn would drive back.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 21 to 23 Hello Nova Scotia - Lunenburg 10,500KM

Watching the biggest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy and people catching huge Sea Bass, around 10lbs and 32 inches long. Now in Annapolis Valley, which is Nova Scotia's Okanagan.
Crumby weather, dull with showers but still warm.
Photo's to follow. Lunnenburg, Peggy's Cove and Halifax next.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

More PEI photos, some just for Ali.

Little Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province. Famous for Anne of Green Gables, Bud the Spud, Lester the Lobster, Fantastic Cows icecream and Charlottetown, the capital, is famous for being the place where the idea of forming Canada from the mish mash of British North American colonies was first created in 1865. Confederation happened in 1867 with Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia agreeing to form The Dominion of Canada. Ironically PEI, which now trades on being Confederation did not join initially and held out for a better deal. PEI joined in 1869. BC didn't join until 1873 and Newfoundland held out until the 1950's. PEI can now be accessed over The Confederation bridge, which is the longest bridge crossing salt water in the world, 12.1km long and has to shut down in high winds. Their little legislative buiding is the cutest government room that I have ever seen, it is tiny and houses only 23 MLA's. Unlike everywhere else, the government here sits on the left of the speaker, with the opposition sitting to the right. Apparently Newfoundland does the same thing. Rumour has it that it is because of the sun being in the Premiers eyes, but who knows.

Photo's of kids eating Candy floss or Cotton Candy as it is called here are just for Ali, to prove that they do go to a funfair and eat crap once in a while!!! Right after they are done studying the double spirals of Catholic Cathedrals and answering history questions on Confederation.

Not sure if you can see, just how red the soil and sand is in the photos, but it really is a very beautiful colour red. Surprisingly the PEI potatos are not red skinned.