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May 7, 2016 - Nova Scotia - Halifax

Halifax Nova Scotia was my next stop. Halifax has an excellent Maritime Museum. I particularly enjoyed the numerous ship's models - from sail to steam. The Museum also has a section on the many shipwrecks that litter the depths off the Nova Scotia coast. Another section is devoted to one of the greatest maritime disasters in history. In 1917 a French ship carrying 2500 tons of high explosives collided with a Norwegian ship carrying medical supplies to Europe. The resulting explosion killed around 2000 citizens of Halifax and injured 9000...

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Dec 17, 2015 - Glass Travel Blog 12.17.15 Update

12.17.2015 TRAVEL BLOG It is starting to feel like fall here in Florida, while I know that many of you have been already experiencing winter. Must say, while I love to look at the snow pictures you post on Facebook, we sure don’t miss dressing up in coats, shoveling snow and being out in the cold. Since our return from Nova Scotia, we have managed to stay very busy. We had house guests from October 23 – 30 with visits from Peter and Loren Scott, Loveland, CO and George and Marlene Richards, McFarland, WI. And then again November 8-12, Jill...

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Oct 18, 2015 - Nova Scotia October 2015

Nova Scotia From October 3 through October 14, 2015, Larry & I traveled to Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces. We flew into Halifax, rented a car and traveled around the province mostly sticking to the seashore. Our priority was to take pictures of their fall colors and the various fishing villages and to make memories for us when we are too old to travel anymore.  Upon arrival to Halifax, we met up with a friend Paula Gagnon that lives in our same Florida community during the winter, but lives in Dartmouth with her family...

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Oct 17, 2015 - Halifax and, finally, my 15 seconds of fame!

I'm famous! Well, I mean that I might have gotten my fifteen seconds of fame in Halifax. We were standing on line waiting to get onto our tour bus when "the media" arrived. It consisted of a cameraman and a reporter gal holding a microphone. They were sweeping the crowd and, when I thought the camera was on me, I yelled "Hi from California!" That got me the attention that I crave. They came over, interviewed me for a minute or two and then asked the wrong question. "Do you plan on spending a lot of money while you're here in...

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Oct 12, 2015 - Starting off on the right foot

On our way. Began with a wonderful breakfast hosted by neighbors Mark and Karen and a ride into Halifax with neighbors Dave and Chris. We are now half way through our ten hour wait for our flight which leaves at 1045 pm. Next stop.... Glasgow, Scotland Otherwise, we had two hiccups so far. Forgot my cord for my iPad although I remembered Brian's. They aren't the same end unfortunately. Then found out that contrary to what my banker told me, pounds are required in Great Britain. He had checked for me and told me they used Euros and I bought...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Halifax Nova Scotia

Today is Halifax, Nova Scotia. We arrived around 10 a.m. and it was a rather strange method of getting into the city. We docked but there were other ships there and so we had to walk through a warehouse type building and then take a bus into the main section of town. It didn't give the best first impression. Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and one of the first English settlements in Canada. We walked up - and I do mean up - to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. It is a star- shaped fortification and has beautiful views of the...

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Sep 11, 2015 - foggy halifax

Much better day today. Booked the van in on Monday at Jeffs old volks home!!!!! Seriously. Woke up to pea soup fog. Left the van at Walmart and took the bus downtown. Took almost an hour. Couldn't see anything in the harbor it was so foggy. Did the maritime museum and walked around and checked things out. Fog finally lifted but we didn't get rained on. Supper at Montanas . Tomorrow we hope to go to Peggys cove. Hopeto get into a campground.

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Sep 10, 2015 - change of plans

Day started out good in charlottetown, went for a tour through town and then inthe harbour. Bumpy ride so not many pics. Ferry to nova Scotia where we had planned to head to cape Breton, but the forecast was nasty and a tropical storm was coming so thought it best not to be on the coast. So we headed to Halifax. It poured most of the way and the fan that cools the engine when it gets too hot doesn't seem to be working. It makes it hard when we hit rush hour traffic, stop and go. So we looked for a hotel close to where we were but everything...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Canada on the MS Veendam

We embarked the MS Veendam, Holland America Line, for a short cruise up the North American Eastern seaboard, into Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. We were pleasantly surprised by the small size of the Veendam - which carries only about 1200 passengers. There were very few lines, deck chairs were readily available, and there were no queues at the gangways and tenders. I'm certain the folks in port appreciated it, too - not being overrun by tourists. Having just spent a week in the Portland, Maine area, we chose to stay on board ship...

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Jul 18, 2015 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax was established as a military base in 1750 because of it's deep water harbor, the second largest in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Citadel is no longer a military base but is well preserved for it's history. The harbor is still the headquarters for Canada's navy, with 80% of it's ships based there. Halifax is a good sized city with lots of history. The eastern shore of Nova Scotia was mostly settled by English immigrants, with lots of New Englanders taking advantage of the generous land grants and subsidies offered to those...

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Jul 18, 2015 - ships and wine

One of the largest tall ship replicas ever built sailed into Lunenburg today. The French ship L'Hermione is a replica of General Lafayette's 18th century ship that carried him to the United States from France to announce his country's support in the fight for independence. After crossing the Atlantic, L'Hermione began her journey up the east coast of the United States in June. The ship was led into the harbour by another famous replica — the Bluenose II. And we all sat on a hill overlooking the harbor, a short walk from the campground and...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Our caravan group has had a marvelous time here in Halifax, N.S.! Yesterday, we toured the Citadel Fort & National Historic Site. Even though this 1828 built fort was never involved in a battle, they still carry on the traditions it started with. It is a training ground for college students when they are not in class. They wear identical uniforms to the original military based there which includes kilts and the full Scottish regalia. They constantly walk, whether on or off duty, in strict military fashion. It is great to see young men and...

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