Rain finally arrived

Trip Start Jul 27, 2012
Trip End Aug 18, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bob is doing this so it will be somewhat shorter.  Rain did arrive today but the next few days are mostly driving to Prince Edward Island and the next days are going to be wet.  Otherwise it has been warm (80 is warm to the locals) and dry for the whale watching etc.  Yesterday we drove the Cabot trail through the Cape Breton National Park.  Some nice views of the ocean but the "mountains" topped out at 1500 ft and in general was not even close to  what you se along Calif hwy 1 at Big Sur or Point Reyes.
Then a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in the town of Baddeck where we are staying until tomorrow.  Yes he invented the telephone but we were all amazed at his inventions related to flight and hydrofoils.  Another thing was his and his family involvement with the deaf, including his wife.He settled in this area because it reminded him of his native Scotland- he stayed an American citizen. 
Local Lobster is a feature at many restaurants and Shirley finally had a whole one for dinner last night.  The local haddock is also very good.
Today was a visit to the Fortress at Louisbourg--a facility of the French  to protect the harbor--destroyed several times by the British.  Much restoration to what it looked like in the mid 1770's. Musket and cannon demonstrations. 
Canadian and US dollars are almost exactly the same and US is accepted everywhere so far.
Also it is washroom not restroom and a soda is "pop". 


Now from shirley  -   we are continuing our daily lobster fest - last night had whole lobster with mussels at a very cute nearby historic inn.   Tonight was delicious scallops in wine sauce but lobster roll and chowder at lunch

by the way - nova scotia means new scotland which i did not know. This area we are in was originally settled by the Scottish - last few days were French areas.

this town baddeck is small but very cute with lots of historic houses, boats, and beatufiul views of the water from everywhere. we are staying at a beautiful little inn,
auberge giselles, a white house on a hill surrounded by colorful gardens and a long sloping lawn going down to the water.

getting late - now on my little netbook so typing is bad - sorry

scallops shirley
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Joyce on

Envy you the lobster. while we were in Maine ate so much crab and lobster that we got sick of it. But now wish we were back. We loved the Fort and had a beautiful campsite in view of it. FYI - lobster used to be what poor people ate because it was available. they would hide the shells because they were ashamed of having to it it. Sounds like you are haveing a great time. Brings back wonderful memories of NS - but we never got to PEI bacause Bob fell on a hike and heart his shoulder.

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