Halifax

Halifax Central Library

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Halifax Central Library

This week we’re visiting the Halifax Central Library. Located kitty corner to the Halifax Memorial Library (the old library), it’s one of the newest buildings in the downtown core, opened to much excitement and anticipation on December 13, 2014. Welcome to week 294 (9/22/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m sorry to have missed last week. I came down with a miserable cold, which is still lingering. Let’s have a look at this fab building and a welcome addition to our city. If you missed week 293; The Nova Center, check it out here.

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Halifax Memorial Library

Here’s a photo of our old library, and it seems like it has always been old! The building opened in 1951 as a memorial to World War casualties. The staff here did a great job of offering a plethora of useful services to the public in a crowded and dusty space. The statue of Winston Churchill is still outside. I’m not sure what is going to happen to the building or Winston. For the moment, it’s empty, and Sir Churchill seems to be holding down the fort.

Halifax Memorial Library

 

Sir Winston Churchill

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Halifax: Nova Center is Born

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Downtown Halifax is changing, and one of those big changes is the Nova Center construction on Argyle Street in the city’s downtown core. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this new development, and it has changed the character and ambiance of one of Halifax’s best-known bar streets. Welcome to week 293 of Travel Photo Thursday. Let’s have a stroll down Argyle Street and see what’s all the fuss.

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Argyle Street

The bars lining both sides of Argyle Street were quiet on this Sunday afternoon. That probably had something to do with the summer heat and a perfect beach day. Who’s going to sit in a bar when you can sit in the sand, eh? The brick building just at the end of the patio is Halifax’s Neptune Theater. The theater has a good reputation, and when I lived in Halifax, I always had a season ticket. The most memorable performance I ever saw here headlined Halifax’s Denny Doherty of Mama’s and Papa’s fame, chronicling his relationship with Mama Cass.

 

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A Few Halifax Photos

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Travel Photo Thursday | 15 comments

This week we’re in Halifax, and here are a few Halifax photos for your viewing pleasure. Welcome to Week 290 (8/10/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. I must admit I have not been playing tourist here in Halifax. My priority is spending time with my Dad, and attending to some personal business. However, I have gotten downtown a couple of occasions, and have managed to capture a few shots. I hope you enjoy them!

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Camp Hill Cemetery

Some readers might remember my Old Burial Ground post, which is home to many of the oldest graves in the city. The Camp Hill Cemetery, located right next door to the Halifax Public Gardens on Summer Street, replaced the Old Burial Ground in 1844. It had been years since I had wandered through, and the first time I have ever taken photos.

Although much has been done to preserve the grave markers, many have shifted, and some have fallen. Once they fall or move they are left where they lay, because trying to stand them up again often results in additional damage.

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Camp Hill Cemetary, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Halifax: Black Rock Beach

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Black Rock Beach

Staying with beaches, this week we’re visiting Black Rock Beach in my hometown Halifax. Welcome to week 287 of Travel Photo Thursday (7/21/2016). Apologies if this post seems a little rushed, but I’m off to Canada in the morning. I took these shots when I was home in 2013. Enjoy the beach!

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Black Rock Beach

The beach is located in the city’s  largest park, Point Pleasant Park, deep in Halifax’s south end. Just follow the park road to the bottom entrance (closest to the North Atlantic), park your car or bicycle in the parking lot. The beach is also within walking distance of downtown. You can see the beach from the parking lot. Believe it of not the park is not owned by the city, the province, or the country. It’s owned by the British Government and leased to the Halifax for 1 shilling a year. The original contract dates back to 1866. 

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

With its black rock outcropping, the beach is easy to see from the land or the ocean, and it’s always been popular with Haligonians. When I was growing up, it was often closed to swimming due to sewage run-off. That’s all changed now, and during the summer months, the beach boasts a lifeguard seven days a week. You can see the lifeguard stand in the photo below. Back in the 70’s/80’s the city would host free Natal Day concerts. One year they even headlined The Beach Boys!

Going back a bit further into the history books, in the  18th  century, the black rock outcropping had the dubious distinction of being used to display executed criminals publicly! Personally, I prefer the concerts to the executions!

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

The North Atlantic

From the shore of Black Rock Beach, you can gaze out onto the North Atlantic.  The graffiti on the rocks is a new  (and I don’t think a welcome) addition.

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

There’s always sailboats going by.

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Point Pleasant Park Canteen

Who can resist ice cream on a hot summer day? The Black Rock Beach/Point Pleasant Park Canteen has some of the best in the city. If you’re at the beach or in the park, don’t walk by without grabbing a cone.

 

Black Rock Beach Canteen

One last thing, and I don’t have a photo. There is an enormous polar bear swim off the beach every New Years Day. I have to say I am a wimp, but when I lived in Halifax, I would always go and watch the shock and awe of the swimmers hitting the freezing water. Great fun!

While not nearly as long as last weeks Barceloneta Beach, Black Rock Beach has a charm all of its own.

 

The beach and the park are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

 

Did you know that Halifax had a beach close to downtown? Have you been?

 

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Five Reasons to Visit Halifax, Nova Scotia

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 25 comments

Halifax, Nova Scotia

This week I’m taking you to Halifax, Nova Scotia,  and five reasons why Halifax and Nova Scotia should be on your bucket list. Any of my readers here or on Facebook know that Halifax, Nova Scotia is home, and I’m a big advocate of why it is such a fab travel destination. Welcome to week 284 (06/30/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday, and Happy Canada Day! I arrive in Halifax on August 1st, which is Halifax Natal Day! Okay, so here’s why I think you should visit my city and my province. If you’re in town during the first three weeks in August, give me a shout!

 

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Theodore the Tugboat the in Halifax Harbour.

Theodore the Tugboat in Halifax Harbour, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Windows around the World

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Budapest, Canada, Czech - Prague, Destinations, Halifax, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Windows

Windows and doors are favorite photo ops when I’m traveling, and I know I’m not alone. Welcome to Week 280 (6/2/2106) of Travel Photo Thursday. The end of the semester will dominate the next few weeks, so little time for anything else. This post will not be particularly wordy. I think that the beautiful windows speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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I loved the windows in Prague and managed to come away with several beautiful shots. These two I took in the Old Town, where it’s next to impossible to walk more than 30 seconds without taking a photo or two.

Gorgeous symmetry! Prague is also really big on window boxes with lots of lovely details.

 

Curtained Prague

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