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ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

If you enjoy local art when you’re traveling, add  ARTsPLACE to your itinerary of Things to do in Annapolis Royal. Welcome to 369 (5/10/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday. Come along as we explore an art gallery and exhibition space, run by local artists, in the heart of Annapolis Royal.

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ARTsPLACE began in 1982 when a group of local artists got to together to identify ways to share their art and ideas with each other and the community. The gallery is now operated by the Annapolis Community Arts Council (ARAC). ARAC and ARTsPLACE are known throughout the province and nationally for the work they do in Annapolis Royal. They’re easy to find on St.George Street, close-by the town’s only set of traffic lights.

ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal

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Aylesford, Nova Scotia: Thai meets Greek

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

Aylesford, Nova Scotia

Last week four of us hopped into the car and took off to Aylesford, Nova Scotia, a farming community about 40 minutes east of Annapolis Royal at Exit 16 on Highway 101. Welcome to week 367 (5/3/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday. I hope the title intrigues you enough to read on to find out exactly what transpired in this historic village (population 2, 401),  off the beaten path in Nova Scotia.

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Off the beaten path in Nova Scotia

If getting off the beaten path when you travel is your thing, then Nova Scotia is your perfect destination. I learned a few months ago there’s a “cheese lady” in Aylesford, who makes fantastic feta cheese. Last week my wish to visit her shop came true. However, we were having lunch before making the drive up the mountain to the Holmestead Cheese Shop. My friend informed me that we were going to a “really good” Thai restaurant in Aylesford. I was glad that she told me this over the phone. I think I croaked when she said “really good Thai restaurant”. I did say (as I rolled my eyes and giggled inside) okay, I’m game. Although, truthfully I could not imagine a “really good Thai restaurant” anywhere in rural Nova Scotia. But, how bad could it be? Maybe I was being a bit of a snob after spending a lot of time in Thailand over the past 17 years and eating countless amounts of “really good” authentic Thai food. None of that mattered. I was game for this adventure.

Where to stay in Aylesford, Nova Scotia 

We rolled into Aylesford about 10 minutes before our reservation (yes, we had a reservation.) Now the Thai Memory Restaurant is not hard to find. First, it’s the only restaurant in the village and it’s in the old red brick Royal Bank building moments from the highway exit. I was captivated as soon as I walked in. Thai Memory is an authentic Thai restaurant. The tables and chairs are made from teak. The walls are covered with Thai pictures. They even have the famous photo of the King and Queen of Thailand with Elvis Presley, on one wall. If you’ve never seen it, click here.

I’ve eaten at restaurants in Thailand with the exact Thai tablecloth and cutlery. If you’ve ever been to Thailand you know the Thai’s usually do not use a knife because most of the ingredients are bite-size. Thais also eat from their spoon. The fork is used to push the food onto the spoon. The hanging lanterns are commonplace in Thailand, and also the wall hanging.

Aylesford, Nova Scotia

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Things to do in Annapolis Royal – Museums

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 11 comments

Things to do in Annapolis Royal

 

The red chairs at Fort Anne.

This week I am sharing with you Things to do in Annapolis Royal, three museums, all within an easy walking distance of each other, on our main thoroughfare, St. George St. Welcome to Week 367  (4/25/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday. For the size of our town, it’s surprising how much there is to see and do. Most people I know visit museums when they travel, so today I want to introduce you to three; Fort Anne National Historic Site, Sinclair Museum (another National Historic Site), and a little further down St. George, the O”Dell Museum.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 64 comments

Grand Pre, Nova Scotia 

UPDATED APRIL 12, 2018 

This week we’re enjoying Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, a World UNESCO site. Welcome to week 364 (12/04/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday. Originally posted in week 174 of Travel Photo Thursday, the post is now up-to-date for 2018.

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Grand Pre, Nova Scotia was awarded a World UNESCO designation (Landscape of Grand Pre) in 2012. Less than a two-hour drive from Halifax, it’s a perfect day trip. I visited in 2012 and again in 2013.  Now updated to 2018. Enjoy the photo essay I created from those two visits, and the information you’ll need for a 2018 visit.

Sourced from UNESCO.ORG

Situated in the southern Minas Basin of Nova Scotia, the Grand Pré marshland and archaeological sites constitute a cultural landscape bearing testimony to the development of agricultural farmland using dykes and the aboiteau wooden sluice system, started by the Acadians in the 17th century and further developed and maintained by the Planters and present-day inhabitants. Over 1,300 ha, the cultural landscape encompasses a large expanse of polder farmland and archaeological elements of the towns of Grand Pré and Hortonville, which were built by the Acadians and their successors. The landscape is an exceptional example of the adaptation of the first European settlers to the conditions of the North American Atlantic coast. The site – marked by one of the most extreme tidal ranges in the world, averaging 11.6 m – is also inscribed as a memorial to the Acadian way of life and deportation, which started in 1755, known as the Grand Dérangement.

 

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

 

UNESCO Site : Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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Korean Ceramics Shopping in Yeoju, Korea

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Korean Ceramics

Two weeks ago I had a fun day ogling and purchasing a few pieces of lovely and practical Korean Ceramics in the City of Yeoju, a 90-minute drive east of Seoul. Welcome to week 325 (4/27/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Come in and see the pieces that will be making their way back to Canada and my new condo later this year.

If you are in Seoul and you want to purchase Korean ceramics or pottery, avoid the touristy shops in Itaewon or Insadong. Instead, grab a public bus or find a tour going to Yeosu. The city has been producing quality ceramics and pottery for centuries. Here you will pay a quarter of the price for the same vase or dish-set you may have eyed in downtown Seoul.

Our first stop didn’t look like much, but once inside there was lots to choose from.

 

Korean Ceramics, Yeoju, Korea

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A Traditional Craft Workshop in Seoul: Kum Baek Yeon

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Entering the small hanok workshop in Seoul’s Bukchon’s Hanok Village, we were eager to try our hand at creating Kum Baek Yeon (gold leaf imprinting on silk). Welcome to week 314 ( 2/2/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join us as we learn the Korean tradition of gold leaf imprinting on silk.

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Kum Baek Yeon is a technique originating from Korea’s Joseon dynasty (around 1849) and was used only on clothes stitched for and worn by the royal family. The first master craftsman was Kim Wanhyeong and now the fifth generation, Kim Gi – Ho, continues the tradition. Our first task was to choose the stamps we wanted to use, and under Mr. Kim’s guidance,  we practiced our imprinting skills on a fabric swatch before being “let loose” on the real thing.

 

"Kum Baek Yeon"

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