PEI to Lordways
Well, actually it’s spelled L’Ardoise and is in the middle of Acadian country, but everyone pronounces it “Lordways”, rather than “Lardwahz”. Go figure. The wind and rain from last night had both disappeared this morning, so we had a smooth 75 minute ferry crossing to Caribou Nova Scotia.
By the time we landed, the rain had begun again, and didn’t stop until we arrived in L’Ardoise. We stopped in New Glasgow to visit the Westray Mine Disaster Memorial Park, established by the families of the miners killed in the explosion.
We arrived in L’Ardoise and found Marilyn’s house by mid-afternoon. We will be taking a day trip to Fort Louisburg tomorrow.
Computer woes and Atlantic toes
The weather last night was cloudy and very windy, to the point where Priscilla was rocking at times (yes, it was the wind). In lieu of the Canadian flag, we flew this one instead:
We left the campsite at around 10:30 and found a Staples, where they informed me that my notebook computer had suffered a hard drive crash. It is under warranty, but I will have to wait until we get back to deal with it. I bought another one at a reasonable price, so here’s hoping it stays healthy. We then drove into downtown Charlottetown and did a bit of a walking tour. We stopped at Cows for a cone of “Canda’s Best Ice Cream”, as voted by Reader’s Digest. We couldn’t argue with their assessment. Of course, we couldn’t leave PEI without 3 genuine “Dirt Shirts”.
Next stop was St. Dunstan’s Basilica:
We then made our way to Province House, where we watched a short film recounting its role as the host of the Charlottetown Conference, the first of three that led to Confederation. We went upstairs to view the Legislative Assembly room and the original meeting room of the Conference.
We signed the guest book and noticed that some visitors from Comox had noted that they were distant relatives of Sir Charles Tupper. Small world. We stopped in at anumber of art galleries and boutique stores, then had a bite to eat before returning to Priscilla to continue our coastal drive out to Northumberland Provincial Park Campground, where we snagged a beachfront campsite, red sand and all.
Catching a 9:30 ferry tomorrow for Caribou, Nova Scotia, then on to stay a couple of nights with an old school friend of Jeannine’s. The weather has turned cooler and rainy, but it’s all good. We cooked burgers, swivelled our chairs and listened to Diana Krall as we ate; too civilzed for words.
Fredericton, 15 Seconds of Fame and a Free Concert
We drove into Fredericton this morning, past Saint Marks Roman Catholic Church, built in1878:
Arriving in Fredericton, we went to the CityHall and obtained a parking pass which enabled us to park for free all day. We had barley walked a block, when we were accosted by a team from the CPAC channel, who asked us for an interview. They asked us a number of questions, soliciting our views on a number of political issues. It was all very serious, until he asked us the following:
“How do you feel about politicians appealing to the public for help with their legal bills?” (Seriously!?)
We snorted with laughter, as did he. You can imagine our answers. Jeannine’s was the winner: “Only if they help with mine”.
We spent a lovely day in gorgeous weather wandering around the city and stopping for lunch at a creperie, where we had a squash/pear curry soup to die for. We stopped at the Anglican Cathedral, where by sheer luck the organist was practising, so we sat for about 15 minutes listening to the magnificent pipe organ. It was quite magical.
Later in the afternoon, we took a guided tour of the historic city hall. The Council Chamber used to be an Opera Hall holding 810 people, and is adorned with 27 tapestries tracing Fredericton’s history, all created by an 80-year-old doctor. All in all, a great day. Off to PEI tomorrow.
PEI and Pots and Pans
The weather held out again today, with blue skies and balmy temperatures. We had a very interesting drive through rural New Brunswick and Fundy National Park, crossing into PEI in late afternoon via the Confederation Bridge. First stop was the Gateway Village Tourist Welcome Centre, where Jeannine purchased a set of Paderno pots and pans for $280, shipping included, which are regularly $780. “What did you do in PEI? Oh, just bought a few pots and pans”. Due to encroaching darkness, we changed plans and stayed at a lovely KOA campground right on the West River.