Category Archives: Northeast 2016

Boothbay Harbor, Maine


img_2393-2The Boothbay Harbor Region is located in the most picturesque part of coastal Maine, with deep coves and small villages dotting the area.  Fishing is still the main industry and cute seafood restaurants seem to be in every small harbor.  Artists have now discovered the area and so along with the good food there are hundreds of various types of galleries to visit.  The 9 days that we spent there gave us a good idea of the region but there was still lots of unexplored territory and beautiful galleries to visit.   Continue reading

Acadia NP, Maine


The view from Beech Mt

We spent a week on Mt Desert Island enjoying the trails, carriage roads and scenic drives that wind along the shore and in and out of Acadia NP, which is the heart of the island.  We chose to stay in a campground on the ‘quiet side’ of the island – Southwest Harbor, away from the crowds of Bar Harbor, especially since we were there during the Labor Day long week-end.   To our delight most of the crowds left after the week-end and we enjoyed the beauty of the area without having to fight for a place to park.     Continue reading

Prince Edward Island


We left the wild rocky shores of Nova Scotia behind and discovered the bucolic beauty of red soil, endless green potato fields and the red sandstone cliffs and beaches of PEI. So incredibly different from anything we had seen in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

We spent 2 wonderful weeks on PEI, the first 6 days at the best campground in PEI – the backyard of our friends Walt and Lorraine.  They took us around their part of the island, we met family, Walt helped Leonard put a new starter in the Jeep (it crapped out as we were hooking up to get on the ferry-how lucky is that) and Lorraine gave me one on one painting lessons.  I learned from a master who has her own gallery and took home one of my creations.  We laughed and joked, ate local seafood and learned a lot about PEI and Newfoundland where Walt is from.  We had to force ourselves to leave and go to another part of the island for the rest of the stay, but only after agreeing that we would meet again somewhere during the week.   Continue reading

Cape Breton Island – Part II


Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, NS

Almost every road we took on Cape Breton Island had some sort of Scottish influence.   There was the Gaelic College in St Ann’s,  where  Californians were learning or improving upon their fiddle skills to the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish,  now owned by Parks Canada and undergoing restoration.   The beautiful Keltic Lodge was built in 1940 on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and is famous for its championship 18 hole Highland Links golf course.  Quite an amazing bit of history associated with the Lodge is that it was closed in 1942 because of the war, but with its abandoned luxury and protected harbor it became a favorite shore leave destination for U-boats crews.  How scary is that! Continue reading

Ceilidhs, Chowder & the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, NS

IMG_1994The fiddles were playing and the chowder was hot and delicious all over the small towns of Cape Breton Island.  Unfortunately the WiFi and our cell service was very sporadic, hence the lack of blog updates.  So we spent about 2 weeks just enjoying the people and some of what this beautiful island had to offer.   The island, which is on the far eastern part of Nova Scotia, has a shared very strong Celtic and Acadian influence.   One can stay in an Acadian village where French is the first language and travel just down the road to be greeted with signs in English and Gaelic.   Continue reading

Peggy’s Cove


Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

When we first decided to make a journey to Nova Scotia and began talking with people who had already traveled there, everybody mentioned two places we must see, Peggy’s Cove and the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.    As can be seen from all my earlier photos we have already seen a lot of lighthouses and thought this would be similar.   It is located in a particularly barren rocky environment and the winds are so fierce that the trees are stunted and scraggly, similar to the tundra.   We rounded a curve and there was the lighthouse atop a huge granite outcrop with waves crashing onto the rocks.  The colors were really amazing. Continue reading

Lunenburg, NS


Lunenburg, NS

Picturesque Lunenburg, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  lies nestled  on the southern shore of Nova Scotia.  Begun in 1752 it is the best example of a planned British colonial settlement in Canada.  Originally settled by farmers who could not farm this rocky terrain they learned fishing and became excellent shipbuilders and over the years the town prospered.   This is reflected in the fine architecture that has been completely preserved in the historic center of the town,  albeit it is certainly much more colorful now than it had been originally.   Crayola colors have been applied to some of the houses that give the town a jewel like appearance.   Continue reading