Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014-09-02 Narragansett Bay Tour

A perfect day for a boat tour of Lighthouses in Narragansett Bay, RI.  Of course a stop for lunch. and a bit of whimsy In Wickford, RI2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 0412014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 042 2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 044 2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 045

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Another delightful day shared with friends.

2014-08-29 Providence, RI

Providence is the capital of RI.  Of course a tour is in order.  A beautiful building with Georgia Marble.2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 004 2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 0052014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 011The library – magnificent!

  Followed by the House and Senate ….2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 015 2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 021

The Rhode Island Colony was charted in 1636 by the King of England.  Looks a bit like Captain Hook…

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Roger Williams was exiled from Massachusetts for his religious views.  We went to Rhode Island and perused a charter for RI.2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 035We celebrated our 50th Anniversary with Larry & Marilyn Forbes and a true Italian dinner.2014-09-02 Lighthouse Tour RI 040A beautiful view of the capital of Rhode Island.  An enjoyable day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

8-28-14 Rhode Island

Seems we left New Brunswick just in time for alternator/battery problems.  So south we zoomed to Maine, stopping in Bangor at a Wal-Mart with convenience of O’Reilly close by.  Denny changed the starting batteries – dead! – then checked the alternator he had installed in New York in June ---- that was the problem…… a loose ground wire --- we knew those rough roads would do something!!!!

Anyway, back in travel business…… south to Rhode Island to meet with friends Larry & Marilyn Forbes.  Today we toured the capital building in Providence….. pictures and more info later.

8/23/14 Louisbourg, Cape Breton, NS

IMG_1764 Arrived in Sydney, NS – the huge fiddle is a tribute to he music of Cape Breton – Fiddle playing just seems second nature to folks and music is everywhere.

And on to Louisbourg.  Once a thriving port.  Coal mining was once the industry, but no more.  In the 1960’s the government asked the unemployed miners to help rebuild the historic fort. With much research and studies, a portion of the French Fort was rebuilt using skills and techniques of the 1700s.  This year celebrates 301 yrs of history with music and programs.  Buildings were made of brick/stone/wood.  Huge, magnificent buildings of the times.IMG_1766

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IMG_1775 A man is being punished at the stocks in town.  Quite embarrassing and a spectacle for the audience.  Many folks dressed in costumes of the day.

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Special evening entertainment --- local country star Jimmy Rankin and international favorite the McNeils Fiddle Music.


And after the music at the fort – it was more music at the Louisbourg Playhouse – the Privateers played and the crowd danced.


Another enjoyable day in the Maritimes.

8/20/14 Leaving Newfoundland

Oh my, how time flies when you’re having such a grand time.  A delightful boardwalk  along the shore…..Centuries ago, the Cod Fishermen would dry their Cod upon the beach.  It was seasonal work – they cam in the spring and left again in the fall back to France, England, Scotland, Ireland.IMG_1759

One more stop at Castle Hill – a French Fort over looking Placentia.IMG_1751IMG_1752 IMG_1754

We’re leaving from Argentia – a 14+ hr ferry trip back to Sydney, NS. Folk singer entertainment was enjoyable.  Movies too.  But, what a night – lesson learned – always book a cabin.  it was up in the chair, down on the floor, again and again.  Nothing quite comfortable.   Arrived with sunny skies……