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Still in that OTHER Sydney


Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

If you continue walking north on Charlotte Street you’ll come across a beautiful, charming Bank of Montreal building topped with a gorgeous aged copper dome (picture coming this Fun Photo Friday). That means you’re at Dorchester Street, so cross to the other side of Dorchester and start heading east.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Just one street over turn left onto George Street and start heading northward again. This will take you into some very interesting residential areas, and after a short stroll you’ll find yourself standing before the Sacred Heart Parish Church. Make sure you step inside for a visual (and photographic) treat.

From here we made a left onto Nepean Street followed by another right back onto Charlotte. If you go up Charlotte almost to the end you’ll come across a charming little woodworking studio with some really beautiful works of art decorating the outside. This is the Ramsey Signs and Ramsey Woodcarving studio, and Mr. Ramsey lives right across the street. He’s a nice, talkative chap who will enthrall you with tales of his work, but be prepared for a bit of a shock when he explains how much he charges for his sign. In case you’re wondering if his work is worth the price, he selects only the best paint. Indeed the sign below has been hanging outdoors for over two decades. And, yes, that’s its original, unretouched paint in all its vivid, durable glory. Pretty impressive for so harsh and wet a climate as this.

Ramsey Signs

Ramsey Signs

Today’s photo gallery:

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No, Not THAT Sydney. The OTHER Sydney


Welcome to Sydney — No, not THAT Sydney

Welcome to Sydney — No, not THAT Sydney

If it’s Wednesday this must be Sydney. Sydney, Nova Scotia, to be precise, and it indeed was Wednesday the fourth of June when we docked there. Normally when one speaks of Sydney that other one comes to mind, the one below the equator in an entirely different ocean in a completely different hemisphere and where pretty much every living thing on the continent is trying to kill you. (see: Australia’s dangerous animals: The top 30). That Sydney will be coming up in my next travel series — a 28-day cruise that began in Sydney, Australia, and ended in Seattle, Washington. (see: Special Preview Blog)

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

While we like to think of Nova Scotia as being in the cold, cold north, just how far north is it really? The answer will surprise you, as it is very nearly at the halfway point between the equator and the North Pole. And Sydney is only about 80 miles closer to the North Pole than it is to the equator. That’s your geography trivia lesson for today.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Island, upon which Sydney lies, is separated from the peninsula of Nova Scotia by the very narrow Strait of Canso, a channel approximately 17 miles/27 kilometers long averaging some 2 miles/3 kilometers in width. Indeed the narrowest portion is only about .6 miles/1 kilometer. But don’t let that fool you. The Strait of Canso is 200 feet/61 meters deep.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

One of the first sights to greet you when you arrive at the port is the world’s largest Céilidh fiddle.

World’s Largest Céilidh Fiddle

World’s Largest Céilidh Fiddle

The downtown area is both rustic and colorful, so take a hike along the waterfront, hang a left on Byng Avenue by the park, followed by another left on Charlotte Street for a trek through the older portion of the city. On Wednesday we’ll look at the residential areas.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Meanwhile, here’s today’s photo gallery:

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Fun Photo Friday — A Splash of Charlottetown Color


Charlottetown PEI — MS Maasdam

Charlottetown PEI — MS Maasdam

Today’s Fun Photo Friday concludes our look at Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island.  Click on any image below to bring up today’s slide show:

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