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Potatoes in Gift Store

Queen Street building where Brian & Carol lived on 2nd floor in...

Charlottetown Waterfront

Waterfront Park

At the Ice Cream Store

Privince House where the Confederation documents were signed in 1867

Sign for celebrations

Another sign for celebrating 150th anniversary

Victoria Row

St Dunstan's Basilica

Unique House in Charlottetown

We were up promptly this morning and, after breakfast set off for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It was a relatively easy drive and we went past Amherst which we had visited earlier in the week, crossed into New Brunswick then over the Confederation Bridge, all 13 Kilometres of it, and into PEI. As we crossed the bridge we could see fog ahead and as we came over onto the island it was very dull and dark. All hope of photos of the bridge disappeared and we went into the information office, which displays a large, red sign "ENTRANCE" with a much smaller notice on the door, "Please use other entrance". Obviously displaying the Irish roots of many of the residents.

We browsed the gift store which must be the only one in the world to offer potatoes among their wares. We obtained several maps and information leaflets at the information part of the building. As we prepared to leave, we noticed that it was starting to rain. As we crossed the car park it came on in earnest and pelted down as we found our way back onto the Charlottetown road. The closer we got to our destination the more it eased and by the time we had reached the hotel, which really is a glorified motel, the rain had gone off.

Our room was not ready, so we checked in enjoyed fish suppers in the restaurant then set off looking for a post office, which proved easier than in Truro. Christine mailed her card and we set off downtown where we stopped first at the building where our friends Brian & Carol had lived for a few months in 1964. We continued on to the waterfront to try and revive Christine's memories of stopping here on a cruise in 2010. Very little seemed familiar to her, and I believe there has been a lot of development in the intervening seven years. The grassy park I recall has been replaced with paths and flower beds. A large Convention Centre a couple of blocks away, is, I believe, new.

We walked up the main street to Confederation Hall where a production of Anne of Green Gables is performed. We were disappointed to discover the season's performances do not start till June 14. We were directed to another theatre where another, musical, performance based on the next stage of Anne's life is being presented. We obtained tickets for tomorrow night, then found our way through Confederation Park to the Legislative Building where the documents forming the confederation which became Canada were signed in 1867. The building appears to be undergoing some renovations. You would think that, given the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, such work would have been scheduled to be completed prior to the event on July 1. It obviously has a long way to go and presents a poor comparison to the view we had of the same building seven years ago.

We wound our way past St. Dunstan's Basilica back to the waterfront and retrieved our car. We drove past the pier where or cruise ship had docked, then back to the hotel where we had a light meal. We relaxed and did puzzles and I updated the Journal, but was unable to post it as the Internet here is having some problems. We seemed to be running into this at the past few stops we have had.

Tomorrow's plans will be dependent on the weather, but we will be at the "Anne" performance tomorrow night.

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