|This bridge, in the park, was built in 1911.|
Our day ashore was beautiful. The temperature was rather hot, but we survived. We spent two and a half hours walking around this diverse town. There were many old buildings mixed in with modern architecture.
Starbucks was our first stop. Then we headed to the park. The Halifax Public Gardens opened to the public in 1875. The park united the 1837 Horticultural Society’s garden with the adjacent civic garden created in 1867. It’s one of the rare surviving Victorian gardens in Canada. I enjoyed photographing many flowers and the park landscape.
|This bridge, in the park, was built in 1911.|
|Continuing on through town we came to the Citadel. We didn’t pay to take the tour, but walked up the hill to take in the view. I snapped this picture of the guard. I think he was sleeping. 😉 Really, though, he was standing in the very hot sun in full dress and wearing that HOT looking hat. I died just looking at him.
|From there we found our way back down to the waterfront. To cool off, we walked through an indoor mall. It was called a mall, but was quite lacking as such. Street musicians have been abundant on our visit to each Canadian city. Today was no exception. It was a fun day.|
Sydney, Nova Scotia was not very pretty. Some streets that we walked had lovely old homes, but in general, the town was like showing the state of the world’s failing economy. Many businesses were closed and even boarded up. We have noticed the failing economy everywhere we have been so far, but this town was not able to disquise it like most do.
|Our ship from shore.|
|This poppy was as large as my hand. Beautiful.|
Our bus also took us to the seashore on the north shores. The water is a beautiful sapphire blue and the earth is red. The contrast was striking, not easy to catch with my little instamatic.
|They have such great choice of color.|
|Beautiful house in Old Quebec.|
|Much of the town is built on the side of a cliff.|
|Tom with our ride.|
|Of course, this made me think of Nicole.|
|Vermont is beautiful!!|
|Click to enlarge and see our ship.|
Good morning! We are currently here in Plattekill and will be until tomorrow when we head to Maryland. The KOA here has a very slow internet service, so I cannot upload any photos. Not wanting to blog without the photos, I am waiting until we get to the next stop. Hopefully, they will have a faster service.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful dads out there!
We drove our car to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal and left it there. Next Saturday, it will be waiting for us when we disembark from the Maasdam. From the cruise terminal parking lot, we walked over two miles through town to the Boston Common, a very large park. On the route we stopped for lunch and walked through a Summer Street Market. The streets were closed to traffic. I stood in the middle of the intersection and took a picture in all four directions.
|Sun shining through tree in front of Macy’s.|
In the Boston Commons park we were greeted by Mennonites at several locations passing out tracts. Further on in the park, we heard them singing hymns.
The weather was warmer than I like which sapped my energy. We walked about three miles total and I was too tired to walk anyplace else. So, we headed over to the Hertz office, picked up our car, and headed ‘home’ to our hotel in Plymouth.
Also, near the park was another old cemetery. The dates on the markers were mostly 1800’s, not as old as the one in Plymouth.
Today in Boston, I learned that people walking are very friendly and people in cars are not. Rudeness abounds here. If I lived in the city, I would not use a car. The traffic continued all the way to the hotel.
Tomorrow we are driving to Montreal, Canada and boarding the Maasdam for a seven night cruise. You won’t hear from me until we return.
Have you ever driven to Key West? Well, driving to Provincetown, Massachusetts is similar, just shorter. The road is banked on both sides by lots of trees and green growth. No views except for snippets here and there. The road is called Pilgrims Highway for a while then I noticed signs that read, “Grand Army Highway of the Republic”. Yes, we are a republic, not a democracy. I don’t think many people know that.
Also noticed were flags hung from many of the over passes along the highway. You may click on any of my pictures to view them larger and in slide show mode. That way, you can see the flags with more detail.
We traveled the highway all the way to the end and then turned left to drive into Provincetown. The speed limits varied from 20 to 60 along the highway. Since being here, I have noticed even more how radical the East Coast drivers are. Stop sign? What’s that? Seriously, they do not stop, unless they absolutely have to. In a “California stop”, at least you slow down as you roll through. Here that is not the case.
The sky was just beautiful as we got closer to Provincetown. We had no rain all day, just beautiful skies with lots of sun. No jackets were required.
And here we are driving into the little seaside town. These old cities here are very cute. Electric lines are strung everywhere. Did you grow up long ago when electric lines were everywhere like this? I did. Having lived in more modern cities for the past 40 years, I have forgotten all about how messy it looks with wire strung all over.
The narrow streets began to make me claustrophobic. I am not joking. High season is July and August. Swarms of people were all over the streets today. I cannot even imagine being here a month from now.
|A sign read, “Dead End”. Get me outa here!|
Lunch was eaten at a little restaurant called The Coffee Pot. Tom had a turkey club with a Barq’s rootbeer. I had a pulled pork sandwich with a frozen mocha cappuccino. Tom is spoiling me rotten with a fancy coffee very day!
|Waiting for lunch at The Coffee Pot.|
|The beach at Provincetown.|
|A church viewed from the pier.|
Wow! I had the most amazing day walking around the little town of Plymouth today. I took more pictures than you would care to look at. Sarah Glover, you would have LOVED this place. Plymouth is a photographer’s paradise.
Our first stop was Burial Hill. I took 46 pictures in the cemetery alone. Reading tombstones is a great experience. I have been to many old cemeteries, but this is the best one, yet.
The graves and their markers are not placed in any orderly fashion. Family groups are, however, grouped together, but nothing is in rows. As we walked around reading the stones, we were reminded of how many children did not survive to their second birthday. Mothers lost many of their babies in those days. The parent’s markers are, in general, the larger markers with their children’s markers near theirs, but in a smaller fashion. You can see the groups in my photos.
There are many pictures that I am not including. We had a wonderful afternoon. Lunch was at a quaint eatery called Pebbles Restaurant. We had fish and chips which were fried to perfection. I said to Tom, “We have to get the fish and chips, because we are on the East Coast.” If we were in Mexico we wouldn’t order Chinese food, right?
|Oldest grave 1681.|
After we left downtown Plymouth, we went to several shopping centers. We hit every store in each looking for silver flip flops and a white sweatshirt to replace those that I lost. We didn’t find either. However, I managed to get four pair of shoes during all of this shopping. 🙂
Now my feet are tired from all of the walking. I am going to go soak them in the tub and then rest up for another day of walking tomorrow when we head out to Cape Cod.
|Beautiful view of Cape Cod Bay from Burial Hill.|
|Sign on the sidewalk.|
|Random memorial plaque downtown.|
|Memorial Clock downtown.|
|This is what my studio would look like!|
|We ate lunch here. Delicious!|
|Fried Haddock and fries.|
|Of course, I had to have a coffee for dessert.|
|I love the postcard sky and the lovely shutters.|
|Historic home built in 1637.|
|Beautiful Bed and Breakfast.|
|St. Peter’s Church 1876.|
It began with bright sun then clouds descended. We had no rain, just a little misting here and there. If you want to live where there are no traffic rules, move east. Speed limits and traffic signs mean nothing. I think it’s the people’s revenge for toll roads and continuous road work. I, personally, can’t wait to get out of here.
The further east we traveled, the more clouds we encountered. The New York countryside was very pretty. Many farms dotted the landscape with the most common color scheme being black and white.
Traffic increased as we drove across Massachusetts, as did the speed at which they traveled. The heavier the traffic the faster they went!
|Sandal’s final resting place.|
I forgot to tell you that on Saturday Tom tried to roll down the driver’s window and it would not budge. It’s broken, for the third time. Not wanting to roll it down and then have it not roll back up, we have not made any further attempts to roll it down. This means that we have to open the door to pay the tolls. And that brings me to today’s story. When I wear flip flops, I take them off to drive. I don’t think they are safe for driving. Anyway, I take them off and stuff them to the left side of my seat. Then, when I stop, I put them on before I open the door to get out. At toll stops, I am not getting out. We stopped at a rest stop to use the restroom and I had only one sandal next to the seat. I knew right away, it fell out when I opened the door to pay the last toll two hours earlier. Grrrr… They were my favorite sandals.
Now, we are in a hotel in Plymouth, MA for the next four nights. My blogging should continue through Friday night, then you most likely will not hear from me again until Saturday the 17th.
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