Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Cruise, Part 2: Prince Edward Island

After our first night on the water, we docked at Prince Edward Island, of Anne of Green Gables Fame, and, in two buses, toured the complete island.  We had a really good guide, but unfortunately, I didn't think to get her card. She gave us so much information about the island, and made sure we had ample opportunities to get out and see the area firsthand.
Leaving Quebec City
Anne, the Island's unforgettable
heroine. (Visit my other blog HERE for
a post about author L.M. Montgomery)
Our guide on the left and our
bus driver on the right.

The whole tour took a good part of the day. We toured the island, but stopped for lunch at a unique restaurant in New Glasgow in a building called Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, owned by a beaming man named "Bruce," who greeted us and saw us off afterwards, wearing his traditional Scottish kilt. (About 50% of the islanders claim Scottish ancestry and, adding those of Irish and Welsh heritage, about 80% of the island is of Celtic descent.)
Prince Edward Island Preserve Company
Bruce, happy to see us come.
Bruce, happy to see us go?

As exciting
as it was to tour the island, this stop was quite a highlight, with a fabulous lobster lunch, served by a friendly staff 
Yes. This guy was on my plate.
And I managed to eat most of it!

Friendly staff. 

Dale, showing Rajan and me
how to eat a lobster.
But it didn't stop there. We had the pleasure of being entertained by Mike Pendergast, aka "The Music Man." Mike sang ditties and folk songs, acting out various parts, while playing his guitar sometimes, and sometimes his accordion. I could have listened to him all afternoon.

Mike Pendergast

"The Music Man"

A slower song on guitar

And, after several song that had everyone's toe tapping and some singalongs, he asked for volunteers. Yes. You guessed it:

Ernie participated with gusto.

He had a serious moment . . .

But not for long.

Now for a few island highlights. Prince Edward island is one of the prettiest places you will ever see. Whenever I read the word "bucolic" in the future, I will think of Prince Edward Island. Among other things, it has the reddest soil you'll ever see, and an unending coastline that loops in and out around its generally crescent shape. Bays and harbors, and fishing villages and farms. It was like stepping into a world long gone -- except it isn't gone. It's scenic beauty continues to exist. We went to Cavendish Bay, Charlottetown, Summerside, and other spots whose names elude me. And with so much to see, I lost track of which was where. Just enjoy them for the way they convey the island atmosphere:
One of many lighthouses

Along with the fishing, this is an
agricultural place. Potatoes from
PEI are famous.

Notice the red soil. Very good clay
for ceramics from the area.

Made me think of a storybook village.

You can see we had good weather!

One of many harbors.

More surf and red soil.
These are lobster traps. A lot of the
fishing on PEI is lobster fishing. You
can see why we had such a good lunch.  
Conferation Bridge, connecting PEI
to New Brunswick, is 8 miles long.

Foxes on the road! My husband was
able to get a couple of photos. What
a beautiful animal!

There were actually two foxes, but one
walked away while my husband was
taking these pictures.

And then, last, but not least, the famous house that inspired the popular Anne of Green Gables series.  (You can read more about whose house it really was HERE.) Anne has been a favorite character of mine, and she's still popular with new readers today.
The house of Green Gables where it all started.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of a fascinating island. Like so many places on this cruise, it was a "one of a kind" experience.


Sarah Allen said...

Gah can I just say I am so jealous of you write now??

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, with Joy)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Sarah, thanks for stopping by. Don't be jealous! These traveling ventures came only in recent years. You are young enough that I'm sure wonderful experiences will be opening up for you in the future.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Thanks for the awesome photos of Prince Edward Island. I especially liked the one of the storybook village. Take care, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Victoria, I was absolutely charmed by the villages on the island. It's other-worldly.

Cathy said...

Those foxes are beautiful. We don't have them around here, although we have plenty of coyotes. The island surely does look beautiful as well.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Cathy, yes, there are. I know they are wild, but seeing them, I just wanted to hug them.

Sylvia Ney said...

I'm SUPER jealous! I've always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island. Thank you for sharing the photos.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Sylvia, glad you liked the photos. It was really hard to pick and choose, there were so many. My husband, who is really into photography, took most of these.

Barbara Watson said...

How fun! I travel vicariously through you (and hope to one day travel more for real with my husband...)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Barbara, for years all my travel was vicarious, through books and through friends who traveled and kept scrapbooks. I'm sure eventually you and your husband will be traveling.

Rosi said...

The green-eyed monster is rearing her ugly head! Thanks for posting all the pictures and giving us a quick tour.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Rosi, I wish the "tour" coudl have been more detailed. It was such an interesting excursion.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Elizabeth, I am super envious now. The monster of jealousy is raising his ugly head :(

Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Rachna, thanks for stopping by. I wish I could visit Bangalore again. It's such a pretty city.

Nigel G. Mitchell said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Great trip

Julia Hones said...

Hi Elizabeth.
Yes, I did enjoy this fascinating tour. Prince Edward Island is a gorgeous place. It must have kindled your imagination...
The Celtic culture reminded me of my childhood: my Scottish dance classes. (I can't say I enjoyed those, though. After being in school all day until 4:00 pm I had the dance classes. Too much for a little six year old girl...)
Great post.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Nigel, it really was so much fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Julia, I'm envious that you had Scottish dance classes. But I know what you mean. When I was six I started piano lessons with a stern teacher who wanted me to practice scales an hour a day. Not fun!

Anonymous said...

Amazing pictures. I'd very much like to visit this island one day.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks, Medeia, my husband took most of those shots. He's really into photography. It was such an interesting island, I'd like to return.

S.P. Bowers said...

Thanks for the pictures! I've always thought it would be fun to go there. It looks like it hasn't changed much over the years.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, S. P., I don't think it has changed much over the years. Listening to the anecodotes the guide shared as the driver took us all around the island, it really struck me how "set back in time" it all felt. It was, well . . . magical!

Lynda R Young said...

I love the photos!! I so want to travel away again.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Lynda. So do I, and I just got home! There is something so wonderful about visiting other countries.