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Oct 5, 2017 - Baddeck to Halifax

5/10/2017. Thursday. Baddeck to Halifax We're driving back to Halifax today, and there is definitely much more colour both sides of the road. What a difference a week makes! It's very pretty. There is some sickness on the bus with colds and one lovely, old gentleman has pneumonia. As people are coughing, spluttering and sneezing, I try to cover my nose and mouth and just hope to avoid any germs. We have been very particular the whole time we've been away to use handwash, which I carry in my bag. I feel very sorry for the people who are...

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Sep 29, 2017 - Halifax, Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg.

29/9/2017. Friday. Halifax-Peggy's Cove-Halifax First day on the bus, when we drove for an hour to Peggy's Cove for traditional breakfast of fish cakes.....not for me! I really couldn't come at eating fish cakes first thing in the morning, so I had bacon instead. Ian only ate one fish cake - a bit much for him too. Now Peggy's Cove - what a beautiful place! I have seen numerous photos of it, and yes, it looked nice, but it's a gorgeous, tiny village with the lighthouse the star attraction. Very much as it would have been 50 years ago, no...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Nova Scotia Got Lost

You are probably wondering why we are sending out a blog after we finished our last blog. We just realised that this blog got lost. For some reason it never got posted. It was the first blog in Nova Scotia and covered some very interesting places and history. So we decided to post it again. By the way, gas is now $1.08/L here in NS. I think we are getting ripped off in western Canada. So here is the lost blog and photos. Hello Nova Scotia. Hello dry and warm weather (27 degrees) and Hello gas for $1.15/L (it was $1.42/L in NFL and we had a...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Halifax - in the rain

28/9/2017. Thursday. Halifax We awoke to see the liner Veendam anchored opposite our window - I think it's following us, as we also saw it in Quebec. We had a later breakfast today and left at about 11am to walk from the hotel to the Casino along the boardwalk, which would have been lovely, had it not been raining! It was predicted to be wet today, and we decided to go ahead with our plans, as there's not much possibility that any of us will be here again. We passed some interesting statues, boats and buildings, but a quick photo was all we...

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Sep 27, 2017 - Halifax

27/9/2017. Wednesday. Halifax I did NOT want to get out of bed this morning, which is pretty unusual for me - I think we walked too far and did too much yesterday. But after a delicious 'Continental' breakfast of juice, cereal, fruit, yoghurt, omelette, bacon, toast, and finishing with a Danish pastry and coffee, I was bright eyed and bushy tailed and raring to go! We went to the Museum of Immigration, which is a very short walk from the hotel. We did a tour with a young lass about immigrants conditions of travel and first impressions when...

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Sep 26, 2017 - Halifax

26/9/2017. Tuesday. Halifax Breakfast in the hotel, then Ian and I wandered over to the Farmers Markets, but we were too early, as they were just setting up. We met Anne and Ian back at the hotel, then walked to the Information Centre and then to the Maritime Museum which was next door. It was very interesting, and we listened to a talk on the Halifax Explosion on 6th December, 1917, when 2 ships collided in the Halifax Harbour just after 9am. Because the Port of Halifax never freezes, ships wait in the Bedford Basin until there are enough...

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Sep 25, 2017 - Overnight train from Quebec to Dalhousie to Halifax

25/9/2017 Monday. On train - Halifax Surprisingly, I had a reasonable nights sleep on the narrow bunk bed - and with arm twisted behind his back, Ian said I could have the bottom bunk. After the luxury of the Vancouver-Toronto train, we notice that our room isn't as spacious and the seats aren't as soft, but still good. There are 9 sleeper carriages with 10 rooms each, and most are occupied, so this must be a very popular train. I saw a lovely sunrise before we showered and went to breakfast. The passing scenery has been lovely, with lakes,...

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Sep 15, 2017 - Halifax

David’s 50th birthday & it sounds like they’re having a ball in Mauritius. Another busy day in Halifax but at least it was easier to get there this morning when I knew what I was doing. I started off at the Historic Properties which are on the waterfront near the ferry terminal. These are a series of warehouses, mostly built by privateers who were busy running the blockade to bring American supplies to the British during the Napoleonic Wars. During the War of 1812, these privateers also seized over 200 American ships & their cargo....

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Sep 14, 2017 - Halifax

Another sparkling sunny day so I followed instructions from the campground people & caught the bus, then the ferry into Halifax. It took a while but I had all day. I called in to the Visitor Centre on the waterfront to inquire whether there was a bus to the Citadel which I could see was at the top of a very steep hill. I was told there wasn’t, then when I was nearly at the top, lo & behold, there was a hop-on hop-off bus parked there. Not to worry, it was good exercise & the Citadel was interesting but I was disappointed that they’ve...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Antigonish to Halifax

Weather-wise, today was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Clear skies, so it was chilly this morning but a beautiful sunny afternoon nudging 30C. I’m staying in Dartmouth, just a short ferry ride across the harbour to Halifax, which claims to be the 2nd largest natural harbour in the world, behind Poole in England. I think it all depends on how you define a harbour. If you define it as a place to shelter ships, these 2 win it easily because they’re both very deep over most of their area. Places like Sydney, Cork & even Port Phillip...

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Aug 11, 2017 - Day 4

We went in to Halifax and caught up with some old friends we hadn't seen for over 32 years. They took us on a guided walking tour of the Halifax harbour front. The city has spent a lot of money over the years to improve the downtown core. It was a very enjoyable walking tour. We stopped and had lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants and continued our tour. Tony & Diane followed us back to our camp sight where we very much enjoyed their company and steak and potatoes done on the BBQ. What a fantastic day.

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2017 Maritime Trip

Aug 8, 2017 - Halifax, NS

It was only a 2 hour drive from Murphy Cove to Halifax. Uneventful and kind of boring. Didn't even take any pictures on the way down. We pulled into the Halifax KOA at noon. It rained constantly the rest of the day. We'll be in the Halifax area for a week, seeing the sights and catching up with friends. Tomorrow we'll meeting up with some longtime friends and head down to Lunenburg.

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2017 Maritime Trip

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