Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Back to the Cruise - Nova Scotia

Between the holidays, a writing assignment, and cold viruses, I got way behind in my blogging, which was a shame, because I wasn't finished with that cruise in October! And that cruise hasn't been finished with me. It is still one of the most enjoyable trips to share. And so, here we are again, back on the Cruise.

After Quebec City and Prince Edward Island, our next two stops were in Nova Scotia.  The first was in Sydney, and this was what was awaiting for people, when we disembarked in the cool morning for the various tours. Some were all day, some were half day, some by bus.

Vicky Kiker and I had chosen the walking tour around Old Sidney, and our tour guide was waiting for us. I am very sorry that once again I didn't get her name. she was very good, and she took us to several old buildings and churches and gave us a little history of the area.

"Nova Scotia" means "New Scotland", and it was renamed such after a number of battles were won and lost and the area had been through several hands. Originally it was part of Acadia, which was a colony of "New France" and included New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, parts of Quebec and Maine. You can read a little more about it on my other blog, Victorian Scribbles, HERE.

It was fascinating to see these old buildings: Jost Heritage House Museum, one of the oldest residential buildings in the city. St. Patrick's Church, the oldest standing Roman Catholic Church in eastern Nova Scotia. Cossit House Museum, where we learned a lot about life in early settlement days, and St. George's Church and Graveyard. St. George is Sydney's oldest building.  I didn't get a good picture of St. Patrick's Church, but here are some pictures of the other buildings:
One of the oldest residences.

There was a delightful
 tour guide inside.

And our walking tour guide
kept us informed every
step of the way.














We entered two homes, The Heritage House and the Cossit House Museum. To tell you the truth, when I look at these pictures, I'm not sure which photos were from which house, but you can see the consistency in how the women dressed. The one on the left told some very witty stories about life way back then. But I enjoyed both tours, and I loved the furniture in those old buildings. 
The beds actually didn't look
 so comfortable.
Teller of funny stories.


The more sedate housewife.


But the dining area had charm.



I liked the fireplace.

Maybe the study? I don't know. It's
bigger than my office space, I know
that.

Before long, it was time to go
 back to our own ship.
And these model ships were in one of those museums.
Such workmanship!



Every detail so complete.
But not before I got a picture
of Vicki with our tour guide.
The tour guide explained her dress: It was a French style for that period. Many maids who came over to the colony were French, and that was the clothing they knew how to sew.

There was still quite a treat to come after we got back to the ship. Our wonderful leader had arranged for everyone to walk over to the Governor's Pub for a delicious lunch. Now, I had every intention of getting pictures of the building, the staff, etc ., like I did the day before when we had the lobster lunch in Prince Edward Island. But all of that was whisked out of my mind by the suprise treat of a lifetime.

The Barra MacNeils, a famous Cape Breton family group of musicians who sing, play, and dance Celtic music, performed at the Governor's Pub that day.

My husband and I adore Celtic music, and was this group fabulous! (We bought two of their CDs.) Before I go any further, let me give you their official website where you can learn more about them, and here's a YouTube that lets you hear one of their performances. (Listen to it all the way through, and you'll get a taste of the kind of music we heard.) Then enjoy the pictures below that my husband took as they played at the lunch. (I don't even remember what I ate that day, I was so into the music!)

Haunting on the fiddle.

Great singers, both.

Sad song, here!
Great keyboard artist.

Another song to break
your heart.

Great singing together!


And just before we left . . . Hey! Who is that guy? You know the one I mean . . . 
The one next to the guy on the left . . . second from the end . . .



It's our fearless leader!

I hope you enjoyed this little trip to Sydney. Next stop will be Halifax. 

On another note, do you like Celtic music? Who is your favorite band
 or singer? And if not Celtic, what is your favorite kind of music?






15 comments:

Jon said...

What a fantastic tour of Nova Scotia (I never knew it meant "New Scotland"). I like all of the photos - - especially the old furniture and those amazing model ships.

I love Celtic music but admittedly don't know much about it. I like singer Lisa Kelly and the group called "Celtic Woman"
I haven't yet listened to your YouTube selection, but I will soon.

Barbara Watson said...

I love hearing about your travels. Right now, my husband and I don't have the money to travel, so you bring me places in my mind. :-)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Jon, I never knew what Nova Scotia meant, either. We were so fascinated by this whole area of Canada, we would like to go back and spend a longer time there.

Hi Barbara, I'm glad you get to travel vicariously here! We never had the money to travel when we were younger, either, so we especially appreciate it now.

Rosi said...

Thanks for continuing this series of posts. It sounds like a fantastic time.

Lynda R Young said...

I love celtic music.
All these pics and your enthusiam makes me want to travel again! Sounds like was such a wonderful trip.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I love reading about your travels, Elizabeth. I enjoyed this post a lot and loved the pictures.

Valentina Hepburn said...

Thank you for posting about your travels, Elizabeth. I love reading about other countries and the culture. Loved the photos.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Lynda, I've always loved Celtic music. Loreena McKenna is one of my favorite singers.

Rachna and Valentina, glad you like the travels and the pictures. There's one more day in Nova Scotia coming up, involving victims of the Titanic tragedy.

Wendy said...

Fascinating. And I love Celtic music too!

Carol Riggs said...

I LOVE Celtic music too! I can see why you forgot what you ate. LOL I like Loreena McKennitt, Clannad, The Chieftans, The Bothy Band, Boys of the Lough--and I saw the Battlefield Band in person once! That was an awesome concert, in Portland, OR.

Really enjoyed your photos here, and the vicarious trip-taking with you!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Wendy, there is something so haunting about Celtic music, isn't there! Thanks for stopping by.

Carol, oh, yes, The Chieftans. We love them. I haven't heard some of the other bands you mentioned, but now I'd like to.

Glad you both liked the vicarious trip. Sigh, I'd go back in a heartbeat!

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Always love your travel posts, Elizabeth. And Celtic music? What's not to like?!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Victoria, I so agree! What's not to like?

Julia Hones said...

Elizabeth, I really enjoyed this post.
I LOVE Celtic music. I don't remember names but I enjoy it. I even went to a few dance classes with my daughter. It was so much fun.
The pictures of old houses are very interesting. I find those places intriguing, and they seem to have so much to tell us...

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Julia, I would love to take Celtic dance classes, but there aren't any in Sacramento. You are so right about those old houses having much to tell us. I love old buidlings. they always seem full of "story"