25.07.2008 17 °C
The tour started in Boston, I missed the informal get together just, but had a chance to catch up with Tour Director Jamie that night and all set for tomorrow. I was in Boston so I went out and had a beer ... couldn't find Norm or Sam :-(( But still said Cheers :-))
Next morning of we go this morning to Canada ... it rained !!! I have hardly seen rain all trip, this was to be a common theme along with overcast skies
A new crowd for this trip, far too many Aussies ... and they don't seem to have the same sense of humour as the couple on the last trip. One kiwi lady but to be honest I can't seem to see myself hanging with her like I did with Ngairie last trip, we don't seem to be on the same wavelength. So this trip may not be as simple as the last one. Anyway I'll be doing my best to enjoy it.
I'm not sure whether to call the annoying Aussie lady two seats behind me Mrs Obvious or That's Beautiful ... every second sentence on the bus is "That's Beautiful" ... and when she isn't saying that then it as something bleedin' obvious like "That's a lot of water" "Aren't those trees green" Then I discovered an annoying Aussie man too. No manners and very odd .. strange or something !! So much so that I bet when he was a kid he got lost at county fairs and had to ask policeman "Can you help me find my parents?" to which the polieman probably replied "I don't know kid .. it may be difficult .. there are a lot of places for them to hide !!:-)) "
Canadian maritimes trip was marred a little early on by some grotty weather but i had been spoilt with the weather on my trip so far I guess. I have to expect there will be some wet dull days and just get on with it, The day trip around Cabot Trail was prtty much a washout
I found the Alexander Graham Bell museum absolutely fascinating ... the guy moved to Lake D'or in Canada and continued numerous inventions, he really was a later dat Da Vinci - his later achievements were with hydrofoils before his death in the 1920's. But it was also iteresting that his passion and experimentation with helping make the world a better placefor the deaf was what ultimatimately lead to the invention of the telephone (ironic really)
Halifax was probably the least interesting of our ports of call but the information on the great explosion in 1917 was impressive and I found a couple of glass bottles in an antique shop for Londi & Paul.
I was one of the few on the tour not going to the Anne of Green Gables Play ( 100 year anniversary of the books apparently) but Charlottetown was beautiful and interesting as was all of Prince Edward Island and the fine weather had finally found us in Canada. Lovely countryside and rich red earth due to the high iron content is ideal for lots of crops especially potatoes
Confederation Bridge was a photographic highlight 13 km's long ! $1.3m to buildin the 90's joins Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick.
On the way back to Boston the final stop is at Bar Harbour .. with a trip through beautiul Acadia National Park on the way. Views from Cadillac Mountain were impressive and I certainly liked the beautiful town itself, perhaps a bit touristy .. but I am a tourist after all. !!