Thursday, September 1, 2016

Virtual vacation #3

Alexander Graham Bell settled in Baddeck, Nova Scotia because it reminded him so much of his native Scotland. For the rest of his life, working from his large home and workshops,  he and many collaborators, brought forth a huge number of discoveries and advances in so many areas--primarily in his first love:
communication for the deaf and later in life: flight. Here is a replica
of his Silver Dart which made the first controlled, powered airplane flight in Canada in 1909. In between, BTW, he invented the telephone.

Another ferry took us north, over the Northumberland Strait, to the small province of Prince Edward Island (PEI). WOW--we fell in love with it immediately. It has many of the evergreen trees and shrubbery of Nova Scotia but in contrast to NS's hills and rugged rockscapes, PEI is flat, with farmlands and glorious coasts. Here is part of their famous red-rocked coasts with thick, grassy dunes running their length.

This is Green Gables, the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery's grandparents and the setting for her classic Anne of Green Gables, a young girl's country life in the late 1800s. The immediate and strong success of the book was a major factor in bringing tourists and outsiders to PEI. We met a couple from just north of NYC who love the place so much that they bought a cottage here and travel the 14-hour drive all the time!

One of the beautiful scenes in the farms we passed on PEI. The
capitol and largest city (30,000 pop.) is Charlottetown, which features a university and numerous small city opportunities for residents. One historical marker we read said that most of the current full time residents of PEI are direct descendants of the 17c first European settlers, the Acadians, from the Normandy region of France.

Blue heron seem to be as easily seen here as along our own bay. Here's one right at the wharf. Large fishing boats are moored there but the smaller, private boats are anchored a little ways off shore.  We saw this throughout Nova Scotia, too.