Nova Scotia

A 1749 Halifax Landmark for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Walk to the corner of Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street, and it’s safe to that you are in one of the most historical parts of Halifax. On your right is the Old Burial Ground, and directly across the street you have St. Matthew’s United Church founded in the same year as Halifax, 1749, and the oldest United Church in Canada. That’s where I am taking you today, on week 204 (December 4, 2014) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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The church that stands today, an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture, is not the original, which burnt to the ground on January 1st, 1857.

 

St. Matthew's United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia

St. Matthew's Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia for Travel Back Saturday

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Food, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Travel Back Saturday, Travel Photogrphy | 23 comments

If you think trains are romantic, a visit to the Tatamagouche Train Station Inn in historic Tatmagouche, Nova Scotia is a must. The historic B & B offers the opportunity to eat, sleep, and drink in any number of refurbished CN rail cars. The last time I was home I went on a road trip with a friend. While we didn’t stay at the Inn we did take the time to wander the grounds, and enjoy a fab lunch in the dining car.

This is the second week of Travel Back Saturday. If you like, you can have a peek at last week’s travel inspiration here…

Beautiful Prague

Yes, this could be your home away from home…

Can you hear the conductor shouting…ALL ABOARD! ?

 

Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada

Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Travel Photo Thursday — 6/26/14 — Shopping Nova Scotia Style

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 30 comments

Welcome to the 183rd edition of Travel Photo Thursday. My regular semester is over. However, I’ve been given the dubious honor of teaching a summer class. What that means exactly is teaching a 15 week credit course over a 3 week period. Today we are officially at the 1 month mark. This gives an entirely new meaning to “time flies”. Today I am going to take you on a little unexpected shopping trip that I ended up doing the last time I was home in Nova Scotia.

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The picturesque hamlet of  Nova Scotia’s Blue Rocks was made famous by Canadian photographer Sherman Hines, who took a liking to photographing outhouses. He has published a number of outhouse pictorial books featuring many of Blue Rock’s outhouses, and I believe he continues to publish an annual calendar entitled “Outhouses”.

 

One of those famous Outhouses….

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

Blue Rocks is a six minute drive from the UNESCO fishing town Lunenburg (just follow the signs), and when you make the left hand turn you’ll see houses (and outhouses) on the left, and drop dead gorgeous scenery on the right. The shopping is on the left, all two shops. One is big, beautiful, and kind of flashy. The second one looks like it could have been a kids playhouse at one time. This was the one I was interested in, and wanted to meander around after I finished taking oodles of photos.

 

Can you think of a prettier spot to start your kayaking adventure?

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

This driftwood will probably end up in the shop we are going to visit,  momentarily 🙂

 

Blue Rocks Nova Scotia

 

I pull into the driveway of the “wee” shop, and I’m barely stopped before I have the car door open. As I’m walking up to the door there’s a car coming down the drive. I get a nod and a smile from the driver and his passenger. I return the nod and smile. If you ever visit Nova Scotia, remember your nod and your smile 🙂

 

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

 

Before I could actually get into the gift shop, which I discovered is called “Artsy Stuff”, I had to get by the sentry…

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

Hand carved and painted, you can take this Nova Scotia fisherman home for forty bucks!

I opened the door, poking my head in, as I said hello. Silence. There’s nobody in the shop. I start to look around, figuring someone will be around momentarily. Then I see this…

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

I realize that the people I nodded and smiled to on the way in were the owners. The store runs on the honor system. You can see the notebook beside the cash box. People record what they buy. Some people were a little short on cash, so they wrote an IOU. Others left a little more. At the end of the day, I have the feeling the cash box balanced perfectly. 🙂

 

There were so many cool things to buy, and they were all cheap, cheap, cheap.  The owners made it very easy to walk out with a little piece of Nova Scotia. Scallop shells (the real thing) for a buck, fisherman buoys for six bucks. I thought the photo art was a steal.

Love the handmade lighthouses…

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

I couldn’t resist a photograph mounted on driftwood …$10.00.

 

This is rural Nova Scotia. Folks are trusting, and they give you good value for your money. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, do drop in, and tell them Nancie says “Hi”.

 

Have you ever run across an unmanned souvenir shop in your travels?

 

 

 
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Travel Photo Thursday — 19/6/14 — Foodie Travel Memories

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Canada, China, Destinations, Korea, Nova Scotia, Spain, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 36 comments

Welcome to week 182 of Travel Photo Thursday. The last of the marks saw their way into the computer today. I’d like to say that I am heading out in the next couple of days. Alas, I am knee deep in planning lessons for a summer course that starts on Monday. The saving grace is that it’s only for 3 weeks, and then my Penang adventure begins. When I travel I eat, and I don’t think I’m alone. For many of us, food seems to be a huge draw when we’re gallivanting around the globe. Today I’m sharing with you just a few of the mouth watering dishes that have gotten my attention over the years, and that I would travel for again and again.

 

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Let’s start with my home province, Nova Scotia…

# Lobster…can never get enough. Boiled with a bit of melted butter is the way to go! Simple, but oh, so delicious! (Believe it on not, I found this Nova Scotia lobster on sale in Korea!)

 

A Taste of Nova Scotia in Korea

Nova Scotia fish chowder and fish cakes from the Train Station Inn, Tatmagouche, Nova Scotia (You will here lots of strange native Indian names in Nova Scotia!) Except for the fish cakes and chowder made by very own my mom and dad, these have to be the best fish cakes and chowder that have ever teased my taste buds.

Chowder and Fish Cakes at the Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

Finally, before we leave Nova Scotia, don’t miss the french fries on Halifax’s Spring Garden Road, since 1977…

 

Bud The Spud, Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Peking Duck in China…(Of course, if you want to be politically correct, be sure to order Beijing Duck)…either way, it is out of this world delicious!

Peking Duck (or as it's politically more correct name...Beijing Duck

My food love affair with Thailand will never end…

Yummy moo ping (I am salivating, just looking at this photo!)

Chiang Mai Street Food -- Moo Ping

Som Tom Salad…

The Best Som Tom Salad in Chaing Mai

Pad Thai…

Pad Thai, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand’s signature dish…Khao Soi

Khao Soi at Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai

I would be remiss if I didn’t include one or two of my favorite Korean dishes.

Korean Bul Goki (marinated beef perfectly cooked at your table). Just thinking about how awesome this dish tastes makes my tongue twitch!

Korean Bul Kogki

Korean’s love their noodles, and Kalguksu is one of the best!

Kalguksu with Kimchi

Kalguksu with Kimchi

Finally, let’s head to Spain, the land of olives that are not only fresh and delicious, but huge. Tapas that will just keep you coming back for more, and how can all of this goodness not be savored with a glass or two of Spanish wine. 🙂

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Wine Chilling -- Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

Which country’s food keeps you going back for more?

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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 49 comments

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Grand Pre, Nova Scotia…

Welcome to the 174th week of Travel Photo Thursday. It’s midterm week, and that means that the semester is officially half over. I’m always amazed at how time flies. This week I’m taking you back to Nova Scotia for a virtual tour of  historical Grand Pre.

 

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In 2012 Nova Scotians were thrilled to learn that the historic village of Grand Pre had been awarded a World UNESCO designation. Less than a two hour drive from Halifax, it’s a perfect day trip. I visited in 2012 and again in 2013. Enjoy the photo essay I created from those two visits.

 

We began our visit at the modern interpretive center, which provides visitors with a detailed history of the Acadians and their 1755 expulsion.

 

UNESCO Site : Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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Halifax’s Titanic Connection for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 54 comments

This week I’m taking you back to Nova Scotia, and to Halifax’s Titanic connection. Welcome to our 171st week of Travel Photo Thursday. Spring has arrived in Korea, and my plan is to get out and get some cherry blossom and magnolia shots before they are all but a beautiful memory. This a far cry from Halifax, where my poor Dad is still suffering through an unusually cold and nasty winter.

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Halifax’s role in the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic is a sad one. Three ships from the city were involved in the grim task of recovering victims from the cold, bleak North Atlantic. Over 100 of the bodies plucked from the sea found their way to Halifax, and buried in three of the city’s cemeteries. Fairview Lawn Cemetary is the final resting place for one hundred and twenty-one of the Titanic’s casualties; more than any other cemetery in the world.

 

Titantic Grave Site, Fairview Lawn Cemetary

 

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