Halifax and area

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
Trip End Aug 2009

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We caught up with some familiar faces in Halifax. It was nice to see Hannah, Ross, Cleo and Carmen - the girls are absolutely adorable. After dinner at their place, there was a tour of the van (of course) and then a tour of the Dartmouth waterfront. A very pleasant evening and good to meet up with friends.

Each day brings new adventures and experiences. Despite being a little tired of the constant travelling and moving around, we still get excited each morning of what the day might hold.

Today it was the Peggy´s Cove area - a region dominated by granite, and it resembles an alpine landscape. There are also a lot of boulders left here thousands of years ago by glaciers - an amazing landscape and somewhat humbling. The rocks were easy to navigate and by hopping from rock to rock, we were able to get to the top and have an eagle´s eye view of the St. Lawrence and the village. Luckily we arrived just before a whole slew of tour buses rolled in.

Our other stop outside the Halifax region was the town of Wolfville. The town, described as artsy with cafes and fine dining, was a fun place to explore. It was another university town, which, like Antigonish (pronounced Anigonish), seems to make for a vibrant and diversified local economy of cafes and shops.

We also visited a couple of wineries in the region. At the Gaspereau Winery, we did a tour and had a sampling of about 10 wines, yes 10 and all free. The tour was quite different from the ones we are accustomed to. Most of it was outdoors in the vineyards with more of an education around the growing and harvesting of the grapes.

We were invited to sample the grapes off the vines in conjunction with our wine samplings and compare the tastes to see if there was any similarity in flavours. That was fun. Most of the wines we sampled were quite good. We bought a white (Lacadie), a local grape variety, and red (Vitis) wine. The other winery we visited was L´Acadie, an organic winery in the same region. It was a relaxing day (perhaps the wine effect!) before we headed out to the next campground in the Annapolis Valley.

Our neighbours at the campsite in the Annapolis Valley was a lovely couple from New Zealand, Meg and Ian. They flew into Indiana about 2 months ago and have been on the road since then travelling through the States and Canada.

In chatting with them, we discovered we had covered most of the same routes so had a fun evening comparing notes on our travels and experiences.

The campground overlooked the Bay of Fundy from the Nova Scotia side.
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