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cathy


On the Waterfront...

Monday, July 03, 2006

We decided to spend most of the glorious day pretending that we were tourists in our own town, and wandered along the boardwalk, which was mostly full of cruise ship tourists from New York and Massachusetts. Of course, one of the main attractions is the variety of boats.
How much money would you need to be paid to wear this on your head and entice hot and cranky tourists to go sailing?
Take your pick. Sailboat: $50 per person.

Ferry: $1.75
Warship: Free
Theodore Tugboat: $35 per person...
We decided to take the free tour of the warship. We'd done Theodore before and the ferry many times. We ended up promising our older son that we'd take him sailing some time this summer, though.

Nova Scotians are straightforward people. No sense beating around the bush. Get to the point, is what I say.

LOOK! Lots of kitsch Canadian souvenirs. We didn't buy any. Not many Canadians buy this stuff. If we were in another country, the same shelf with kitsch goods from Australia or Austria, Greece or Italy; now that would fascinate us. We could easily spend money on such things then. My son still tried to persuade me that he needed a Canada snow globe. It didn't work.
We ended our visit watching this lovely dance group. They are representing Canada in a dance competition in Italy in October, and were trying to raise money. Mr. C took the babe in his stroller for a walk while my son and I watched, amazed. They were really really good. When they went around to take donations, I realised that Mr. C had my purse in the bottom of the stroller. So now, I have to go to their web site and see how I can make a donation. Perhaps you would like to as well!? (There is no affiliation or relation to me...I just heard of them for the first time today, on the boardwalk).

  1. Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said:

    Wonderful!

    I see your point , I see those maple leaves and it makes me want to know what I could have gotten.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    What a beautiful day you had :o)

    Super photos with lots of colour and sun, lovely!

  1. Blogger Amy said:

    Yes, just what I was going to say - beautiful day - looks like a good time was had by all...

  1. Blogger Kristine said:

    Hi Cathy,

    I know I can sometimes be rather negative. Thanks for the comment. Please know it has more to do with my baggage than it does with the city itself. Glad to see your photos of the waterfront. Got out of town today to a small village outside of Bridgewater called Green Bay where my family had a cottage when I was growing up. A glorious day. I am here for another week and I am hopeful.

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    Your son does too need that Canada snow globe! How else is he supposed to grow up to be a proud and patriotic Canadian without being able to cover it on snow at will!

    I have always loved walking down by marinas... too bad Calgary doesn't have one.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    crisp pictures, wonderful colours. my son is fascinated by warships. when you come to Athens, we are going to go to Pireaus and take the tour of a warship that has fought in the first world war.

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    What beautiful photos, and what a wonderful day it looks like you had. I am envious of the glorious sunshine you are enjoying.
    Thank you for sharing your day.
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Day; you name it, they had it with a bright red maple leaf emblazened on it!

    Michelle; Thanks (I always appreciate your photo comments because youa re such a great photographer).

    Amy; It was good, and now, back to the routine...

    Kristine; I am really glad that your trip is feeling a little more positive now; Green Bay; I'm not familiar with it, but the weather was lovely yesterday and should be the end of this week as well. Perhaps some nice walks on the beach to feel rejuvenated. Take care.

    Crag; O.K., now you're making me feel guilty for not getting it for him :) But we got him a stuffed turtle and a map...

    Chloe; It's a date; all of my boys would absolutely love to see that. This ship is newish and is apprpopriately called "Halifax". It is not always there. It was a special event for the Canada Day weekend, and they were recruiting for the Navy...

    Meow; Thank you, and I hope that you are adjusting to the regular routine again. I still find it so amusing that we are in summer and you are into winter now.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    What great photos Cathy..The weather looked beautiful for spending the day on the boadwalk.

    Glad you all enjoyed.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Hello Heidi!
    I just returned from posting on your site! :)

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Cute hat!! lol It all looks very nice, I like ports, but ironically I don't like boats much, so sailing wouldn't be in my wishlist over there. But maybe some souvenirs: the canadian flag is very nice ;)
    Good luck for the dancing group on the contest!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Deil;
    I've e-mailed you :)

  1. Blogger erikku said:

    Hey!

    Now I have to persuade my folks to take the Cat up there sometime.

    Is it your photos, or does the sky always look bluer the more North you go?

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    What a fun day out!

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    I like the tug boat! Yea! for a great day out! :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Hi Eric;
    You should make the trip; it is a very touristy palce in the summer, but not over-crowded touristy.

    About the sky; I don't know...oh, yes, I usually only take outdoor photos when the weather is nice :)

    Stephanie; It was. It is one of my favourite things to do; wander along the waterfront and people watch.

    SkyeBlue; And the best part about the tugboat is...I know the captain! So we can get free rides.

  1. Blogger riskybiz said:

    I would of gone on the Theodore Tugboat and embarrassed my 12 year old.
    Wonder if the guy from The Mama and Papas was the captain that day?

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    Looks like you had a great day. Enjoyed the tour!

    Hugs,
    Connie

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    I used to take walks along the front and Point Pleasant Park when I needed a break from my studies. Very relaxing. :) Of course, there would also be a stop at a coffee shop on Spring Garden Road for cinamon buns. Yumm!

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    I love the "come in and buy some" sign - brilliant!

    And I see I have to go to Canada and see what you saw, although I'll pass on ANY opportunity to wear such a hat...

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    I've already seen a lot of beautiful Canada here...

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    Beautiful shots and HEYYY!
    I want that boat hat!!

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    A map (of Canada? or Nova Scotia at least?) is good.. but a stuffed turtle? Why a stuffed turtle? Why not a beaver or a moose, far more symbolic of Canada A stuffed turtle is only symbolic of a Chinese take-out menu!

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