Monday, June 17, 2013

Halifax in 8 hours or less!


~~ Two vessels ~~
one arriving with 3000 tourists
one leaving with not so many
(something to think about)


Welcome back as I continue with my tour ~~
firstly at point Pleasant Park.
Because it is before 10 a.m.
I am permitted to roam this area....YAY!!
This is a huge anchor from the HMCS Bonaventue 
(historical info just click above ^^^)
a mammoth aircraft carrier
serving the Canadian Navy from 1957 to 1970.


I have everyone in pleasing 'Sophie mode'.
Mr. Orangie is caught in mid-air.


On the other side of the park is Purcell's Landing,
where I go swimming all the time
but not today
just a little too busy for that.


We met this puppy, a Mastiff mix.
I'm bigger now but give it a month
and she'll tower over me.


Cemeteries were on the agenda,
so The Old Burying Ground was first.


The information was gleaned from the headstones
as well as from a student from a local university
on his summer job really helped to put the history
of the City of Halifax, 
Nova Scotia, 
Canada, 
United States, 
Britain
and 
France
into a perspective I had never encountered before.


After a leisurely lunch at a local Greek Restaurant
we visited the Titanic grave site.


The grave stones are very orderly
with everyone of them inscribed with the same date.
This is when it really hit home,
the scope and magnitude of this tragedy.


Ed and I are standing in front of the headstone of the unknown child
while Stew takes a video of the grave stones.


Now for some levity, fun ~~~
as in Doodle fun!


See me, on the lawns in front of the Dingle Tower
We are getting closer this time!


The Dingle Tower is open to the public
and up to the top we go!!


Stair climbing ~~
well, I can handle that very easily!


Huh?
What do you mean doggies aren't allowed.
Rules, aren't they made to be broken?
Not this time I guess!


So 'up' they trudged ~~
100 + steps
I could here Ron saying
his quads were aching!
I'd have scampered so fast up them
I just know I would have.


Getting to the top finally
and looking down.


North view of the North West Arm
with an added touch of Ol' Britannia!!
(you'll see the vessel on the right in a picture 5 below)


South view of the N.W. Arm 
with Point Pleasant Park in the far distance
-left point-
and a furled (sort of) flag of Nova Scotia!


Eastern view of City Of Halifax
 center spire
with the Canadian flag accenting all.


Waiting proved to be too much for me
so Jim and I 
walked around a bit.


We checked out these 2 lions guarding the Dingle Tower,
regal comes to mind.


So finally we descended down from the Tower
 and worked our way to the seawall.
In front of us was an anchored vessel
not quite ready to venture out on the high seas today.


I sure hope you were able to follow this lengthy
sojourn today.
I know I had a grand time showing my blog buddies
a few spots of Halifax.
Next time some cyber-buddies visit
we'll check out some other unique 
Nova Scotian haunts,
as in ghost haunts!
OoooooOOwwwwooOOOo!!

37 comments:

  1. Oh what a wonderful wonderful tour!!! I'm so jealous-- you'll take me when I come for a visit too I hope!!! Such amazing places to visit-- I'd climb those steps in a heartbeat for that view-- and love love love the cemetery! You guys rock-- but I really want a doggie smooch from Sophie girl!!

    Your scarves arrived today- guys I am speechless. They are SO beautiful - so special-- so appreciated. Thank you for contributing to this amazing project. I love you both so much for your generosity---and thank you for the added treasures xoxo
    Vicki

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    1. SO happy the scarves arrived safely. I trust that someone will feel comfort from them when that time comes. You are a special person with enormous energy to be able to put this al together. Cheers to you and all those helping out!

      No problem Vicki and The Gardener...guided tours are now part of our repertoire....graves, towers, beaches, parks, and street walking...you name it!!

      All the best

      Ron and Sophie and of course Jimbo!

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  2. You sure would make a good tour guide
    Snorts,
    Benny & Lily

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  3. Oh my this is a beautiful post! And all the gravestones--- oh gosh- whenever we think about it- its just so sad.
    love
    tweedles

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    1. Yes the Titanic Story is a very sad one. It seems that there are so many graveyards in our cities probably because so many immigrants landed here 100's of years ago...lived and died here!
      History is thick here!!

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  4. My butt muscles are sore too just from looking at the photos of that climb!

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    1. I'm telling you, Debra...my quads had a workout!!

      But well worth effort!

      Ron
      PS..I'm going to sneak Sophie up next time!!

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  5. Thanks Sophie, another great armchair...uh....computer chair tour. Love that tower and the graveyard, etc.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the tour. SO many picture and it was hard to decide on which ones to choose. Maybe I'll show more another time!

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  6. What a super tour you gave your visitors and having Sophie as chief tour guide was icing on the cake. I love the tower and the views from it!

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    1. Glad you liked Sophie rendition of Graveyards and Towers of Halifax. She said she would sneak up the steps next time. You know I do believe her!

      Cheers!

      Ron

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  7. Ed and Stew will have had a very memorable visit with you Sophie.
    Terrific seeing all those gravestones, very poignant.
    The views from the tower are fabulous.

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    1. I believe the guys learned a lot about our coastal province. They lie on a lake so never see the rising of the tides like we do. They mentioned that fact as we walked through Point Pleasant Park.
      They can spread the word about Nova Scotia now!

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  8. What a wonderful tour! I read about Sidney Leslie Goodwin (the unknown child), and the story is so sad. The entire family perished, and only this child's body had been recovered. The magnitude of the Titanic tragedy is enormous.

    There is so much to see in your beautiful area that I soooo hope to be able to visit one day. And meet all of you!

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    1. Yes, 100 years later and the story is touching so many lives....Sidney Leslie Goodwin was only named in 2008. We haven't seem the James Cameron production in part because of the sadness...too difficult to handle and imagine!

      We are at home on the Lawrencetown Road and dingle or tweet or whatever when you are in out neck of the woods and we will be your official chauffeurs! Promise!

      ron

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  9. All are a hop skip and a jump away
    But we have never bothered at our bay
    The cat does not like to wander out
    Scary with all those humans about
    Just rude of them too
    Not to let you climb the stairs and show their aching legs a thing or two

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    1. isn't it always the way
      just like at our bay
      to drive passed something popular to many
      without taking a second to empty
      our minds and be respectful

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  10. An awesome visit! I just knew the view from Dingle Tower would be spectacular. Glad you got to go at least part of the way, Sophie! It's so lovely there. The tour of the grave stones was sad. Loved that it was cool enough for your visitors! Walking in the heat is tough.

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    1. Coolness was a blessing in disguise, Sharon! The heat would have been too overwhelming! Besides Sophie was happy with the cloudy skies. The cemetery visits were very interesting. Jim and I had been to the 1st one before looking for relatives and then the Fairview cemetery as well.

      *smiles**

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  11. Sophie, that you for the EPIC tour! What lovely places to visit. I wish I was there with you...we could've snuck up that tower without anyone noticing.
    *Cairn cuddles*
    Oz

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    1. For sure, Oz!!

      We would have a race, wouldn't we!!

      Yah Hooooooo!

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  12. That was a great tour Sophie...Momz & I just watch "Titanic: Blood & Steel" so learning about the Titanic cemetery was quite interesting...The view inside the tower is very "Escher-esque" but no fair on them for keeping you out...Lovely pictures throughout!

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    1. Maybe my Dads should rent the video or Netflix because they have this fear of being super sad!

      Glad you enjoyed our trip around our little city!!

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  13. What an amazing tour with beautiful pictures.
    Thanks for everything!
    I've wanted to see the Fairview Cemetery for the longest time.
    But best of all was the great company.
    We'll see you again.

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    1. Abso'toot'ley our pleasure Stew and Ed!

      A definite checkmark and we'll meet up again!

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  14. You would have reached the top before anyone else, Sophie.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Sophie would have leaped from one set of stairs to another..1,2,3,4,5 sets BAM!!

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  15. What a good time!! Love the pictures! Not fair that you couldn't go to the top. Some rules are just plain stupid.

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    1. Rules ~~ ARE made to be broken ~~ so ~~ the plan is to sneak Sophie up to the top and get some pictures!
      Gracie too if she was here!!

      Winks!

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  16. Great tour! Sophie, I think they wouldn't let you up the tower because it would embarrass the peeps. They'd all be slowly trudging up the stairs, panting and puffing, and you'd race past them, fresh as a daisy.

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    1. You are so right, Terry. leaps and bounds would tell them all that they need to get in shape!

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  17. Bummer that you couldn't climb the stairs too, Sophie! Our dad loves cemeteries and would have loved to have been a part of that tour!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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    1. The cemeteries are very busy in our locale....especially the Titanic one. They may be busy but you can always find a spot for yourself to meander!

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  18. What? No doodles in the Dingle Tower?
    Wonderful tour, Sophie!

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  19. You live in an amazing place! And isn't everyone always supposed to be in pleasing Sophie mode?

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  20. Hi Y"all!

    Hey, it's not fair we pawed ones are kept out of so many places! We enjoyed the tour you gave us! Add my BARK to yours Sophie, we aren't going to hurt anything, especially an old, damp, stone tour!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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This 'DOODLE' is looking forward to your comment....don't be shy...all I do is SNIFF & LICK!