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Arriving on Prince Edward Island


Welcome to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Welcome to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

On Sunday afternoon, June 1, we placed Québec City in the rearview mirror — does the bridge of the MS Maasdam even have a rearview mirror? — as we headed out to sea. We soon abandoned the Saint Lawrence River for the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean.

Tulip Town

Tulip Town

Monday was a day at sea. The following day, June 2, MS Maasdam cast ashore her first line at 8:08 A.M. We had arrived at Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island (PEI). Total sailing distance from Québec City was 582 nautical miles (about 670 statute miles/1075 kilometers).

Charlottetown Panorama

Charlottetown Panorama

This picturesque bit of Canadian history is located amidst the Maritime Provinces, and the capital city of Charlottetown exudes charm like Midland, Texas, exudes oil. Charlottetown is also a very easy area to walk, so forgo the tour and hit the sidewalks . . . unless you’re wanting to go visit the house the inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic children’s tale Anne of Green Gables.  That requires transportation.

An Unmounted Mounty

An Unmounted Mounty

Speaking of Anne of Green Gables, upon our return Ursula and I rented a hugely entertaining version of this often filmed story. That would be the 1985 version produced for Canadian Television and Megan Follows in the title role (see the link below). I can highly recommend this beautifully filmed version.

Here you see some views of St. Dunstan’s Basilica.

And while we’re on the subject of St. Dunstan’s Basilica, here is Charlottetown’s first bishop — Bishop Angus Bernard MacEachern:

Charlottetown's First Bishop — Bishop Angus Bernard MacEachern

Charlottetown’s First Bishop — Bishop Angus Bernard MacEachern

On Wednesday we’ll delve deeper into St. Dunstan’s before heading back onto the streets of Charlottetown. Until then, click on any image below to bring up today’s slide show:

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A Trek through Québec — Part 1


Our first sight of Québec from aboard Holland America‘s MS Maasdam:

Our First Sight of Québec City

Our First Sight of Québec City

Just down the St. Lawrence River from Montreal, a short 160-mile cruise or so, is a quaint little village called Québec City, also known as Ville de Québec.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it.  It’s the capital of Québec Provence in Canada.  As Québec is the letter “Q” in the NATO/ICAO phonetic alphabet I’ve spent most of my life actually knowing how to correctly pronounce it (one of the educational benefits of working in Air Traffic Control for 34 years):  Kay-Beck rather than the Kwah-Beck so often heard here in the United States.

Lower Town Fountain and Statue

Basse-Ville Fountain and Statue

Over the next six normally scheduled blogs — including the next two Fun Photo Fridays — I will offer you a sense and even a taste of this wonderfully charming city at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and the approach into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Lower Town Café

Lower Town Café

We will tour about the town and take a look at such wonderful sights as the stunningly beautiful Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the charming square outside Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in the Lower Town section (Basse-Ville) of Québec, and even take a ride on the Old Québec Funicular (click here to read about funiculars) before we begin our tour of Upper Town (Haute-Ville).

The Old Québec Funicular saves you a climb

The Old Québec Funicular saves you a climb

The grand Fairmont Le Château Frontenac sits atop the hill

The grand Fairmont Le Château Frontenac sits atop the hill

Additionally I’ll be having two bonus blogs this coming weekend aimed (pun intended) at you lovers of Old West firearms as we look at the 19th Century version of an “assault” rifle — the famous Winchester lever-action rifle — the “Rifle that won the West.”

Meanwhile, click on any of the images below to begin your tour of Québec.

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Fun Photo Friday — Montreal Favorites


I promised a picture of one-half of that other great Place d’Armes art piece, English Pug and French Poodle.  Here it is:

English Pug and French Poodle

English Pug and French Poodle

Today I present some more of my favorite shots of Montreal:

 

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