Monday, August 24, 2015

Halifax; Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg

Going to Halifax just to go to Halifax isn't the most exciting thing to do. During our stay there, we decided to take a day to get out of the little city and explore a bit. Phil's father had suggested we go to Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg. So we did.

Both destinations aren't too far from the city. On our way to Peggy's Cove we realized how landscapes around Canadian highways look pretty similar from a place to another. Okay maybe not all Canadian highways look the same, but you get what I mean.

When we got to Peggy's Cove we parked the car and started walking towards the rocks which act as a limit between the peninsula's land and the Atlantic Ocean. It was quite windy and cloudy that day, and being close to the water wasn't quite helping and we were shivering despite wearing appropriate clothing. Or in my case, let's pretend it was appropriate (mini dress and raincoat is such a killer combination).

While Phil was being cautious about where he'd set foot, I couldn't help myself but jump from rock to rock, then realizing that if my foot got caught between rocks I would be more than just screwed.

Despite being a highly visited touristic place, the surroundings are actually quite dangerous. Warning signs are all over the place, telling people to stay away from the black rocks (basically those that are wet) and to watch their step.

As you can tell from the human figures standing next to it, the lighthouse itself is quite modest in height and size. The lighthouse is obviously painted frequently, because it looked very well maintained. Salt water is known as being destructive for buildings, especially in windy areas. If you want to know what buildings that have been exposed to such elements should look like if not cared for, Marseille in France is full of them.

But why do people go to Peggy's Cove? To admire the lighthouse and risk getting killed by slipping on rocks, but also because it's sort of a getaway from the city. Mother Nature has designed the region in such a way that whether you are a fan of hiking, kayaking, or whale watching, there is something for everyone on this natural playground.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, the success of the region has turned it into a very touristic kind of area. Most of the buildings you come across are restaurants, equipment rentals, bed and breakfast, souvenir shops, or cottages. I had the feeling that not many people actually lived there, and if they did, it's probably because they had a business in the area.

After seeing what we wanted to see and fooling around in the souvenirs shop, we hoped in the car and drove to Lunenburg.

On our way there I would stare at the landscape and find myself amazed by the sight. I didn't take pictures (I can't stand snapping pictures in a moving vehicle) but imaging rocky lands covered in small sturdy trees and bushes and a wide variety of flowers, weeds, and plants that can survive tough conditions. It was beautiful.

When we got to Lunenburg my brain almost short circuited by all the vibrant colors in which the buildings were painted.

Remember in my post about the Waterfront Boardwalk, I mentioned how memorials were just all over the place? They also are in Lunenburg.

Just like Peggy's Cove, this small village is an enjoyable way of getting away from the city life. Obviously, close to the water you will find restaurants, shops, and so on. It's also a UNESCO Heritage Site and it is considered one of the prettiest cities in Canada. I can understand why.

The waterfront, however not as extended as Halifax's, has undergone a few aesthetic renovations to make it as pleasurable as possible.

If you walk away from the water you will come across a few interesting findings, such as this church painted in black and white.

Eras and styles just seem to mingle in this small city. I haven't seen much that seemed like new construction, but rather well maintained buildings that have changed purpose over time and have been renovated or modified rather than teared down.

Because my eyes are always all over the place and don't miss the oddest details, I couldn't help but observe that commercial streets would have elaborate fish signs hanging.

The person who chose the colors for the cladding and moldings of this house (now used as a commercial/office space) is simply brilliant.

I wasn't a fan of the color scheme for the Masonic Temple, but if ever you are interested, now you know there is a Masonic Temple in Lunenburg.

Hey look, a little something of our home city!

When we passed by that bench Phil said "The guy there is Bob ... and that one is Bob ... and that's Bob."

After seeing enough of the city we decided to go back to Halifax. I have to admit I wish I could have had a view on the village from the other shore, because that's where the view is most interesting, as you can see from the pictures on the Town of Lunenburg's website.

And so that's it for today. If you are in the area, you can always get a peek at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, do a tour of the marina, or even take the time to visit the various galleries and admire the local artisans' works. After all, how could one not get inspired when they are surrounded with nature and such vibrant colors?

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