Monday, August 12, 2013

Historic Sydney

I couldn't leave you wondering any longer.
When we departed Halifax on the good ship Glory, our next morning found us in Sydney.
Sydney, Nova Scotia that is.

After finishing my breakfast burrito on board the ship, we headed out to discover the rich history that Cape Breton has to offer. Nova Scotia has strong ties to the southern parts of the United States, so I was feeling quite at home here.
I am certain there was a lot more to this quaint village 
than what we saw during our quick visit. 
But what we did see would make just about anyone fall in love.



We visited old churches.


We visited old grave yards.

A period dressed guide walked us 
around this historic get-a-way.


Animated characters welcomed us everywhere we went.

Beautifully maintained homes from 200 years ago awaited our visit.

We stopped in for a drink and some local music at  a local pub.

Ed always has to experience the local flavors

Cape Breton is known for it's contribution to the music industry. We found these ladies at the Governor's Pub across from the docks.

The fiddle is what the area is most known for.
We were delighted to bring home some
 young local talent in the form of a couple of CD's.

We also found this 50 foot fiddle at the welcome center, next to where we docked.

They  say you can actually play this fiddle if you can pick up the bow.
My mother used to play the violin when I was just a child.
Do you know the difference between a fiddle and a violin?


32 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love nova scotia. i once had escargot explode on me in a restaurant in sydney.

sophie...^5 said...

A lot of foot stompin' !!!

Yah!!

Stew Adams said...

Well that's something that doesn't happen just anywhere.
It was beautiful there!

Stew Adams said...

She kicked her shoes off, closed her eyes and let that bow fly!

Jim said...

We must get back to CB soon as we haven't been there in a while. You made it look very tempting Stew!
I difference between a fiddle and a violin? The music one plays on it? Maybe? I dunno!

Stew Adams said...

If that was a day trip for me, I might be there often. It's a much slower pace than my home in Michigan.

Jim said...

I can imagine the pace is a lot slower here than most places. That is the main reason we 'moved back' many years ago now.
It's about a 4 hour drive to Sydney.If you ever return Stew, the Cabot Trail is what everyone ought to witness in Cape Breton....it would blow you away.

Stew Adams said...

Some onboard friends rented a car and witnessed a small portion of the Cabot Trail. Beautiful pictures! I definitely think I'll be back.

Ms Sparrow said...

I always thought the difference between a fiddle and violin is how it's held and played. Am I right?

Craig said...

It looks lovely - quaint is a very good word to describe it. Although I've heard of Sydney, I had to look on the map to see where it was in relation to Halifax (sorry J,R & S!).
Nova Scotia is well named as I can see strong similarities in countryside and culture to Old Scotland!

Stew Adams said...

It's very beautiful country. Suprisingly not that different from my home in Michigan for as far North as it is.
Old Scotland is one of many places on my must visit list.

Stew Adams said...

You are all too smart. It is simply the type of music played.
How a person holds it is just a matter of comfort.

MorningAJ said...

My comment's not appeared again. I think the cyber world is refusing to talk to me right now! Try again.....

It looks a lovely place and just your sort of town. All that history and art and good food and beer. A great find.

Stew Adams said...

I could have spent more than a day there, that's for sure.

Admin said...

Someday I'll make it out there! Sounds like a wonderful trip. If you did it again would you take the cruise or spend more time in Nova Scotia itself?

Have you been to Salem, MA? Reminds me a lot of our trip there a few years ago.

Later,
Rich

Stew Adams said...

Good question Rich!
I find that cruising gives you the most bang for your buck. I like being able to visit a multitude of locations and sample each one. If I did the same trip again, obviously I would do different things in each port and experience something completely different.
To visit any of these locations by themselves, I could spend so much more time and get to know them better. But I feel that I would be missing something elsewhere. But also Nova Scotia does have a wonderful draw to it and I would love to spend more time there.

I've never been to Salem, yet.

Nancy said...

Violin vs. fiddle? Is that a trick question? Lol.

Beautiful venue and great shots Stew.

John Gray said...

A breakfast burrito
My idea of heaven

Stew Adams said...

I know, right!

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