ST. MARTIN, NEW BRUNSWICK – A QUICK VISIT

Sunday September 30, 2012

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St. Martin has two covered bridges.

New Brunswick has a total of 64 in all.

The drive from St. Andrews to St Martin gave me more opportunity to see the fall colors.  This is such beautiful country.  The hills are full of evergreens and maples, I guess, ( whatever tree makes the reds and yellows). There are also  large  valleys  and  larger marsh lands .I saw some farm land and  grazing  cattle and are always on the outlook for moose!.   Then beyond all of that beautiful land is the Bay of Fundy – water for as far as you can see. Absolutely beautiful!

Upon arriving in St. Martin, the village is  a lot smaller than I expected.  From a sightseeing perceptive, there was enough to  keep me busy  for a couple of hours.    I enjoyed  seeing  their lighthouse which doubles as a  tourist information center,  the twin covered bridges and the little harbor. I had lunch next to the red cliffs that has sea caves, but it was high tide so there was no walking  into the caves ( which you can do at low tide),  I then ventured into  some back roads to find an official  lighthouse still in  service , though now automated.  It was  in need of  paint and the landscape around it was overgrown and there was a (camera shy) porcupine having lunch near by.

With the highlights of  St. Martin exhausted, I was on my way to the next  stop- Alma,  my last coastal village before returning to Halifax.

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St. Martin’s Wharf

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Sea Caves

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Beauiful Colored Rocks on the Beach

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St. Martin Lighthouses

ST. ANDREWS BY THE SEA, NEW BRUNSWICK

Saturday September, 29, 2012 ( part two)

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I had to throw all of my clothes away so these would fit in my suitcase.

The resort coastal village of St. Andrews By The Sea was the next destination.  The highways in New Brunswick are  two lane. The fall colors are  striking, though not nearly at peak I am told.  I also quickly notice that New Brunswick is  clearly  French Canadian. The  highway and street signs are in both English and  French, as are menus, tourist booklets, etc, etc.  It is common to hear people speaking French  or if  they are speaking English, many times  it is with a French accent.

The  200 year old town  of  St. Andrews is  attractive with its well-kept old  homes and churches. I found it easy and interesting to walk .  The water front area has an active wharf,  shops , several  restaurants and  whale watching tours.  It was  low tide and while all the dinghies are tied up at in the wharf, the larger boats were anchored in the deeper water.  Fog was rolling in added a new perspective to the town.

Tomorrow I head for St. Martin and Alma.

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St. Andrews’ dinghies at Low Tide.

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Fog moving in over St. Andrews.

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Mural on the side of the hardware store.

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Love those colorful fishing boats.

ST. JOHN , NEW BRUNSWICK

Saturday, September 29, 2012 ( part one)

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“People Waiting” sculpture

A three hour ferry ride on the Princess of the Arcadia transported us from Digby, Nova Scotia  across the Bay of Fundy to St. John, New Brunswick.  Despite the rain, the ferry was a pleasant ride and went surprisingly quickly.

I  stayed  in St John for lunch and briefly saw their waterfront area.  There are 4 decorative lighthouses on the waterfront, a Farmer’s Market ( which has been  been open since 1876)  and also John Hooper’s “People Waiting”  art sculpture  of  wooden people  in front of the Barbour’s General Store Museum. The Museum was closed ( on a Saturday?) so I didn’t get to see it. But the Farmer’s Market ceiling was interesting – it was built by a ship builder and is said to look like the inverted keel of a ship.

Then back in the car to the next destination –  St. Andrews By The Sea.  

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Another John Hooper

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The Farmer’s Market

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Moose sighting in the building where I have lunch. : )

Blue Rock, Liverpool and Digby, Nova Scotia

Friday, September 28, 2012

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Blue Rock Harbor

The Canadian adventure continues! Up and at’em early this morning and the first stop was Blue Rock, a tiny coastal village that looks just like a picture postcard.  Next stop was Liverpool where I stopped at the Regional Cultural Center to see the Outhouse Museum.  It was entertaining, but more important,   a once in a lifetime opportunity. : )  Then a quick stop to see the Fort  Point Lighthouse and back on the road.

Cutting across the center of the province, my last destination of the day was Digby.  Crossing  Nova Scotia from Liverpool to Digby took about two  hours and the scenery was  trees.  Maybe a house dotted here or there but no  towns, gas stations or restaurants and very few  cars .   Lots of trees.  Happliy, the maple trees  were dressed with  some reds and yellows which nicely complimented  the evergreens.

Once  at Digby,  I was overjoyed to see it was  low tide.  Digby sits on the coast of the  Bay of Fundy where there are extreme tides every six  hours.  You will see in my photos that the water was so low that the scallop boats moared  in the  harbor were sitting in only  3   feet of water. High tide, when it arrives, will be 26 feet.   At  high tide, the fisherman can walk directly onto their boats from the dock. BTW,  Digby is also has the  world’s largest scallop fleet.   When it comes to seafood, scallops is my favorite, so  guess what I had for dinner?

Tune in tomorrow – I board the ferry and, 3 hours later, arrive at  St. John, New Brunswick to  explore the Bay of Fundy part of my adventure!

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The Outhouse Museum, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

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Fort Point Lighthouse, Liverpool

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Low Tide in Digby Harbor

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Jeannie Blending in with the Locals.

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More of Digby’s  Harbor  Low Tide

PEGGY’S COVE, MAHONE BAY & LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Peggy’s Cove

Today I set out to explore the South Shore of Nova Scotia.  Leaving Halifax early, my first stop was Peggy’s Cove to see the most photographed lighthouse in Canada.  I was among the first to arrive for the day but by the time I left, eleven tourist buses had arrived. The record for one day was 110.

Onward along the South Shore, we were planning to have lunch in the village of  Mahone Bay, but, I quickly learn ,   it’s going to take  longer than I planned to get anywhere on the South Shore.  Because  there are small fishing villages with screaming photo ops   around  every curve in the road. The old fishing boats sitting in the water were irresistable!. I had to stop frequently for my camera to get some exercise.

Upon immediate arrival,  Mahone Bay  won my heart – it surrounds the water, has 3 picturesque churches  that sit on the shoreline  side by side and the town was in the process of setting up for a scarecrow festival so there were scarecrows  all over town.  There were even scarecrows of the Royal Family – although Harry is missing.  Don’t know why….

Lunenburg was the  final destination of the day , a beautiful port town full of Victorian homes and a colorful waterfront. I enjoyed their Fisheries Museum and stayed at the Lunenburg Inn, a great B&B which I would highly recommend. This is also where the ships, The  Bluenose I and  II were built, which is depicted  on the back of the Canadian dime.

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Random Nova Scotia Fishing Villages

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Mahone Bay

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Scarecrows in Mahone Bay for their upcoming Festival.

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Lunenburg’s Colorful Harbor

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More of Lunenburg’s Harbor

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Lunenberg’s Fisheries Museum

EH ! HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA IS JUST THE START !

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

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Fisherman’s Cove within Halifax City Limits

My Travel Addiction  and  myself,  can be found in  Halifax,  Nova Scotia, Canada today.  I arrived  last night and today was all for exploring the city.  It was a beautiful day with the sun shining and the temperature about 65 degrees. There were a few trees starting to show their fall colors but not enough to get excited. The downtown waterfront in Halifax is where the action is.  It’s a busy place,  full of  historical buildings, shops, restaurants, ships on display,  many city tour options and a maritime museum. Venturing a few blocks uphill I found churches from the 1800’s, art galleries and lots of renovations  happening.  I then ventured onto Fisherman’s Cove Village for dinner which was wonderfully  picturque.  I had a Seafood Stir-fry in a Pineapple Curry Sauce which was yummy .

Two interesting tidbits:

An interesting Canadian food optiion:  Poutine:  – made with french fries, cheese curds and grave.  Yes,  it looks as gross as it  sounds.

I also saw  a wonderful display about the Caandian artist  Maud Lewis who lived in a tiny  house and only had a 3rd grade education.  Her house, along with many of her paintings were on display. If you have time read more about her – it’s really an interesting  story.   

http://www.lighthouse.ca/maud.html

Watch for the next posting – we hit the South Shore tomorrow!

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The Home of  artist, Maud Lewis.

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Halifax Old Town Clock from 1803

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Beautiful Blue and White Organ Pipes in St Johns Church from 1749.

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More Shots from Fishermans Cove

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My next boat, The Hunky Dory, William and Kate , and chips we don’t have in the US.

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