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To Nova Scotia, With Love

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By Chris Murphy
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@chris_m_twn
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 6:41 AM


From August 22 - August 28 my wife Michelle and I spent an incredible week in Nova Scotia.

You might say, it was inspiring...

I agree with these words of wisdom

I agree with these words of wisdom

Our adventures began
on the 22nd of August, 
and when visiting Nova Scotia 
seeing Halifax is a must!

From the bustling harbour
to Citadel Hill,
pub-crawling along Argyle
is a Friday night thrill.

Victorian era Public Gardens
and an ancient cemetery,
Alexander Keith remains
the prominent brew-making apothecary.

From there we drove
to incredible Peggys Cove,
the iconic Lighthouse on the rocks
where the sea whispers & talks.

Peggy's Cove iconic Lighthouse on the rocks

Peggy's Cove iconic Lighthouse on the rocks

It really is a magical drive 
along that Lighthouse Route, 
while the radio plays 
songs with fiddle and flute.

Onward we go -
through Chester & Mahone Bay,
to Lunenburg - and how it has
remained in the present day.

Taking a look at the Bluenose II

Taking a look at the Bluenose II

Houses on a hill
painted red, green and blue,
The pretty shops along Montague
and the Bluenose Two.

Back on the road
the La Have ferry awaits,
and the scrumptious smells
that bakery emanates!


We manage a stop
at quiet Crescent Beach...
white sand & cold sea
Peaceful tranquility within reach.

We absolutely adore
this incredible south shore!
But our planner says Sunday
we must be at the Bay of Fundy.

We zip up highway 8
Keji's where we want to go,
and we jump in a canoe
and follow the river's flow.

Ghost walk guide and me. (His name is Alan Melanson - an Acadian descendant)

Ghost walk guide and me. (His name is Alan Melanson - an Acadian descendant)

Only one hour and 
we feel Kejimkujik's power, 
but we cannot toil, 
we're en route to Annapolis Royal.

Now this town - 
there's more than meets the eye, 
because beneathe its peaceful charm 
an explosive past doth belie.

Bloody battles between 
English & French were savage 
but historic Fort Anne survives 
& reminds us of the ravage.

I learned this from 
a candlelight ghost walk 
through Fort Anne's cemetery 
where those folks no longer talk.

A new day dawns
and down we drive the Digby Neck;
we're off to see humpbacks
on our whale watching trek!

The whales were a plenty
& so were the dolphins too...
though the Bay of Fundy was choppy
and more grey than blue.

Our whale watching trek (Courtesy: Michelle Bake-Murphy)

Our whale watching trek (Courtesy: Michelle Bake-Murphy)

Across the Annapolis Valley
eastbound we drive,
to Wolfville and Grand Pre
& the wineries there that thrive.

Vineyards surrounded by rolling hills
we'd sample delightful wares of each winery -
throughout the Gaspereau Valley
we definitely contributed to the local economy!

Lady Evangeline

Lady Evangeline

It was our last day 
and we were in Grand Pre, 
time to visit the National Historic Site 
and learn about the Acadians' plight.

Fighting back tears,
we learned of the Expulsion.
1755-63 was a dark era
of humanity's revulsion.

A history lesson learned
I shall never forget -
leaving the land of Evangeline
we still had to make our flight yet.

On behalf of my wife
I can proudly say,
our week in Nova Scotia
can be summed up this way:

Incredible. Amazing.
We loved all we came to see!
So much more than a holiday,
It has become a life-enhancing memory.

A life-enhancing memory for my wife Michelle and I

A life-enhancing memory for my wife Michelle and I

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