Thursday, July 15, 2010
A day at Peggy’s Cove
HALIFAX – NOVA SCOTIA
Yay! Adam figured out how to upload our blog, so hopefully we’ll be able to share this soon with everyone. Today was just beautiful.
It was rainy and cold and windy all day yesterday, so we really didn’t know what kind of weather we’d be experiencing today. Luckily, when we opened our eyes, we were met by sunshine. It was clear, sunny and warm.
Our excursion for today was a trip to a location called “Peggy’s Cove” and we were not sure what the weather would be like there, so we wore layered clothing and that turned out to be unnecessary.
After breakfast, we made our way to the tour meeting place and were given instructions on where to go to meet our bus. There we met “Bob” who was our tourguide and “Norm” who was our driver. We set off on a very scenic drive to Peggy’s grove. On the way there, Bob filled us on on the local landmarks and explained a bit about the school systems and hospitals.
When we got to the cove, Bob explained that it is “the most photographed place in North America, a working fishing villiage.” I’m not sure about the ‘most photographed’ part, but it was very quaint and pretty. A glacier etched it’s calling card in the landscape and there were interesting bedrock structures all over the area. Most notable was probably the Lighthouse, which was built on top of a large outcropping of rocks. The tourguide explained that there were very unpredictable ‘rogue waves’ in the area and to not get too close to the water, of course this warning was promptly ignored as people flocked to the water’s edge. Fortunately, while we were there, there were not any injuries or problems.
There were three cruise ships in port, so we knew the area was going to be crowded. And it was. Fortunately, our included lobster lunch was in a different location so after about an hour we hopped back on our bus for the next part of the tour.
We meandered along the seaside as our tour guide pointed out notable homes and buildings. He also explained how “Peggy’s Cove” got its name and he also showed us where Peggy’s now-home is. (She was the soul survivor of a ship wreck and became sort of the town mascot after they took her in.)
Soon we arrived in “Hubbards” where we were treated to a delicious lobster lunch. Along with the lunch we got a brief lesson on the lobster business and even instruction on how to tell the difference between a male and female lobster.
Now…was the lobster better than the lobster we had in Maine last year? Not in my opinion, but I’d say it was just as good…so now I have two favorite places to have lobster. =)
After lunch we headed back toward the harbor and did a tiny bit of shopping before getting back on the ship. Now it’s time to relax a bit before dinner….and then we’ll see a show and probably visit the art auction. Then we’ll get some sleep to be ready for our day tomorrow where we will visit Newfoundland.