Lunenberg, Halifax & Annapolis Royal for starters!

Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 18, 2008

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Our excursion to Nova Scotia started on the "Cat" ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The catamaran can carry over 200 cars and 700 people.  Outfitted with movies, a casino, food areas, and a duty free shop, it was a great way to reach Nova Scotia in only 3 hours!  The water-jet thrust from those engines could fill an Olympic swimming pool in 33 seconds!

Lunenburg was our destination after a lunch of seafood chowder at the Seadog Cafe in the historic town of Shelburne, an old fishing village.  Our hotel was called the Boscawen Inn, named after an 18th century admiral.  The Inn was built in 1888, filled with antiques, high ceilings and colorful rooms. The city is not to be missed!  It is an UNESCO world heritage site, filled with lovely historic homes and colorful houses and buildings painted in blues, reds, yellows, and greens, dating back to the 1700s.  Still a fishing village, there is the wonderful Fisheries' Museum of the Mid-Atlantic on the water.  You can enjoy the sites with a carriage ride through this special city or enjoy a concert in the city square.

Our trip took us to Peggy’s Cove, a small fishing village boasting the most-photographed lighthouse in the world!

On to Halifax for a two-day stay and to enjoy its jazz festival! Halifax is a smart, sophisticated city filled with art galleries, luxury condos and fine restaurants.  It retains a charming flavor with such things as the farmers market where you can purchase vegetables, fresh fish and crafts, or order a fresh crepe or Chinese food.  The Prince Royal hotel was a perfect location to enjoy the sites.  Located just below the Citadel, an 1826 fort, it was close to restaurants, shopping, the harbor and the city gardens.  The "Harbor Hopper" was a unique way to see the city. Our guide related that the “Hopper” was an old Vietnam gun boat supplied with wheels.  After our scenic driving tour of the city we drove right into the harbor for the rest of the tour!  Great fun and a nice way to see the city.  There is a tour bus that will take you to the sights and allows you to stay as long as you like.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic filled with relics from the Titanic including the passenger list with the names and fates of its passengers!  Halifax experienced a horrific explosion in 1917 in its harbor when two boats collided and one boat was loaded with munitions.  The blast killed 2000 individuals in the city.  The story is told at the museum accompanied by pictures.  Boston aided in the reconstruction of the city and to this day a Christmas tree from Lunenberg, (the supposed Christmas tree capital of the world) is sent yearly from the people of Halifax to Boston to thank them for their assistance in the disaster.

The Public Gardens in the center of the city is filled with beautiful ponds, flowers and shrubbery providing a bit of peace in the middle of a bustling city.

The jazz festival was in full swing, with its parade and free concerts plus jazz greats performing around the city!

Dinner at the Five Seamen was not just your basic restaurant with a salad bar.  Its' salad bar included bowls of steamed mussels along with your salad!  Fabulous bouillabaisse steeped with shellfish and cream couldn’t have been better.

Annapolis Royal was our next destination, staying at the "Queen Ann Inn"; a large Victorian home built in 1865. The lovely town boasts Fort Anne, a major source of protection for the city early in its history.  The Historic Gardens were a lush, aromatic site, filled with a beautiful rose garden, with every variety imaginable.  Adjacent Port Royal boasted a replica of a French fur-trading post from 1605, with costumed docents explaining the brief history of that settlement and workers constructing tools and goods as they did in that era.

Dinner was at the Garrison House Inn, featuring a spicy lobster risotto.

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