Senior Adventures for December 2011

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Adventures

Travelers from the Crown Princess clown around

We left off last month in Saint John, New Brunswick, half way through our Princess cruise around New England and into Canada.  The second half of the trip was more spectacular than the first.  So let me continue on.

Heading further north we arrived at Halifax, the largest city in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces and capital of Nova Scotia.  We took off on another walking tour starting with the Neptune Theatre, the province’s largest professional theatre company with the façade of the former City Club of the 1890’s.

For some, the reason for the entire cruise was our stop in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for this is the home of “Anne of Green Gables”.  Green Gables, the 19th century farm located in Cavendish, was the setting and inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s much-loved novels.  The tour includes the barns and farmhouse as well as the flower gardens and views of the Lake of Shining Waters.

At last we had time to do nothing. We left Charlottetown at 5 p.m. on the 11th  and didn’t arrive in Quebec City until the morning of the 13th.  We looked at a lot of ships on this very busy stretch of water. Big freighters carrying a multitude of cargo continuously passed us on their way to deliver cargo at ports all over the world.  Towns and fields were on either side.

Our last port was Quebec City.  The architecture, the ambience, and the animated conversation on the street confirm the impression that a bit of France has been permanently imbedded in North America.  This is the only remaining walled city north of Mexico.

We chartered a bus for just our group and took off to explore the city.

We spent one last night on the ship with a gala farewell dinner and many stories to tell.  Our weary travelers had an early morning departure to the Quebec airport and a long flight home.  As with every trip we were a little weary but full of new memories of wonderful sights from historic buildings to forest ablaze with color; craggy cliffs and oceans crashing to the shore.  Just let us rest up a little bit and we will be ready to tackle the next adventure.

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