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Newfoundland - Part Deux

More about beautiful Newfoundland

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My first post about Newfoundland was a bit abbreviated, so I wanted to add a little more. Rose Blanche, the town (and lighthouse) pictured in the first post is *not* named after a woman. The name is a transliteration of the French, "Roche Blanche," after the white granite in the area, which was used in building the lighthouse.

You'll see a couple of photos of rocks that have been painted and inscribed... these are just a few examples of many rocks that have recently been created and placed all around Port aux Basques by the local teens, in memory of a friend who was killed this past summer in a hit-and-run accident.

I have been on the receiving end of the legendary Newfoundlanders' welcoming hospitality, and I have to say that it is all you've heard, and more. From drivers *always* stopping to let you cross the road, to a friendly "good morning" or "hello" from all you pass in the street, to being invited to dinner by a new acquaintance - visitors couldn't be made to feel more welcome.

I do have to put a plug in for the B&B I stayed at whilst in Port aux Basques: 'Radio Station' B&B, run by George and Jocelyn Gillam. The place is charming, full of color, and run by some truly lovely people who go out of their way to make you feel like family. Also, it's just across from the ferry terminal, so is quite handy!

Yep... going to miss this place, and I only got to see a very small part of this island. I encourage anyone looking for a different, interesting, beautiful, friendly place to visit - make it Newfoundland!

Next stop - back to Halifax!


p.s. Pronounce Newfoundland: Noo-fun-LAND

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Extraordinary Newfoundland

I've Fallen in Love!

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Impressive, beautiful, dramatic, stunning... extraordinary! Even this little corner of Newfoundland (Southwest Coast) has really captured my heart. Of course, I'm absolutely hooked on the kind of coastline that Newfoundland has so much of - rugged, dramatic, rocky, endless, and full of waves crashing on the rocks... everywhere! To add to all the natural beauty of the area, the people are wonderful - and wonderfully warm and welcoming.

I can't say much more about this gorgeous place... except take a look at the pictures. Enjoy!


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Bay of Fundy, etc.

Super Tour!

What a day! Thursday 9/1 I took an amzaing tour with Robert Young's "Tall Tale Tours" here in Halifax. Very small group (just two of us, plus Robert) occupied with running all over the countryside between Halifax, the Bay of Fundy, and The Valley. Robert is one of those rare tour guides who knows everything about everyplace, makes it all fun, and manages to avoid sounding like a boring professor whilst he's at it - great fun!

The day started out mid-morning, as we traversed the city and suburbs of Halifax a bit, taking a look at some of the turn-of-the-century homes, cemeteries, history, etc. Then it was buzzing down the road to whatever it was my traveling cohort (Cecelia) and I wanted to see and do (Robert is 'at your disposal,' and will tailor the day-long tour to include *whatever* tickles your fancy).

One of my life-long dreams was to see the tide created by the famous Bay of Fundy bore tides. No, we didn't take a helicopter over the Bay to watch it overhead, but instead positioned ourselves on a bridge over what looked to be a small river at *very* low flow. Funny thing was, the water wasn't really moving much, which meant that the tide was on its way. Keep in mind when you see the photos that we were 15 miles (miles!) up from the Bay itself, and the tide still managed to create a flow UPriver and even had a small "wave" as it went. The river eventually rose at least 3 feet above the level in the photo. Pretty spectacular when you think about it, even though there is no "wall of water" a foot high coming upriver. The effect is seen at its most dramatic in the photos taken later in the day of the boats sitting in the mud by the dock, right at the Bay of Fundy.

We stopped at Dill's Farm in Windsor, where the biggest pumpkins in the world are grown (1,200 lbs. plus!), and where Canadian hockey was born back in 1800. I proudly showed off my Quebec Nordiques (Adam Foote, who just retired from my favorite team, the Avalanche, started with the Nordiques before moving on to Colorado) pin that I bought last week, and was promptly thrashed for not being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan!

Another highlight was stopping at the young Luckett Vineyards, in Wolfville. There's a working British phone box installed in the small vineyard at the front of the tasting room building - very whimsical and fun! Of course, I *had* to buy a bottle of Nova Scotia red!

It was a full day of exploring, tasting, learning, laughing, and enjoying this part of Noval Scotia!

Until next time!

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Maritimes At Last!

Halifax - Part 1

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Having narrowly survived the 'jaws of death' (read: Hurricane Irene) by conveniently being on the train from Quebec City to Halifax during the storm, I am writing to you now from Halifax - first city in my long-dreamed-of visit to Atlantic Canada and the Maritimes. Huzzah!

This post is from my second morning in Halifax. I spent all day yesterday wandering around the waterfront, enjoying friendly people, incredible weather and gorgeous scenery. Halifax doesn't have the French architecture and history of Quebec City, but it's a very walkable, interesting, and beautiful city in it's own right. And the seafood!! YUM! (of course, I heartily subsribe to a saying I heard 'on the road': I don't eat anything that carries it's house around on it's back!)... but lots of good ocean fish and - of course! - the chips that are a "must"!

I'll be in Halifax until the 2nd of September, so there will be more to the Halifax post; then it's off to Cape Breton and then to Newfoundland!

Until later....


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Beautiful Quebec City!

Quebec City's Charm

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What a lovely, picturesque city is Old Town Quebec City. It has been called the cradle of Canada, and rightly so. So much history to be discovered here - and so beautiful to wander through as you do.

Speaking French (which I most certainly do *not*!) in Quebec City is - if not exactly "required" - certainly a plus! The only English spoken here is by folks like me - tourists, whether from other parts of Canada or around the world. But once I stumble through the one or two words I know - and it's painfully obvious that I'm extremely Francais-deficient - the Quebecoise are quick to switch to English and help me out.

Quebec City sits right on the St. Lawrence seaway, and commands an incredible view (and historically defensively brilliant position) high above the water. The old wall is walkable, approached several ways throughout the old city by The Governor's Promenade, which circles and connects the wall, battlements, and thoroughfares.

Anyone who gets out this way *must* visit this beautiful city! Well, take a look at the pictures and see for yourselves!

Until next time!


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