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Landing in Lunenburg


Lunenburg Panorama

Lunenburg Panorama

The day after Sydney our ship, the MS Maasdam, landed in Halifax.  But we weren’t there for long.  We had places to go and things to see.  So, we loaded onto a bus filled with other Maasdam voyagers and headed out into the countryside.  About 55 miles/90 kilometers west of Halifax is a quaint seaside village with a lot of Victorian architectural charm, enough charm to earn it UNESCO World Heritage status almost twenty years ago.  Yes, we were in Lunenburg.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

There is much to see and to photograph in this throwback to the 19th Century — not least of which was the first sight to great us up on Gallows Hill.  That would be the almost fantastical three-story, eclectic Victorian, wood-clad Lunenburg Academy, which on this particular day revealed itself inside an obscuring mist.

Lunenburg Academy built 1893-1895

Lunenburg Academy built 1893-1895

The Lunenburg Academy was the village school for well over 100 years, only recently being retired because of fire safety concerns.  The school is far from forgotten, however.  The Lunenburg Academy Foundation has done a magnificent job of restoring the old school, and the work continues.

Lunenburg Academy built 1893-1895

Lunenburg Academy built 1893-1895

Next to the Lunenburg Academy was a rather spooky cemetery sharing Gallows Hill.  Under sunnier conditions it might not have been so . . . atmospheric, but the light fog certainly seemed appropriate on this visit.

Gallows Hill

Gallows Hill

As for the main town area, this was a feast for those who admire Victorian architecture to say the least.  Everywhere we turned there was yet another prime example.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Don’t get the impression that Victorian is the only style here.  This town dates back to 1753 — well before the Victorian era — and many of the buildings reflect this pre-Victorian period as well.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

There are also some pretty impressive churches in Lunenburg.  This one is the Zion’s Lutheran Church:

Zion Lutheran Church

Zion Lutheran Church

But the real gem would have to be the Saint John’s Anglican Church.  That will be the subject of Wednesday’s feature.  Meanwhile, enjoy some more shots of Lunenburg by clicking on the gallery below:

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Fun Photo Friday — Favorites from that OTHER Sydney


Hope y’all enjoy today’s Fun Photo Friday photographs.  Instead of the usual gallery format I’m going to present today’s offerings full size.  Be sure to read the captions.

The Blue Door

The Blue Door

"The Green Dome" (two points if you know the reference for that phrase)

“Join me for breakfast. Number two — the green dome” (two points if you know the television reference for that phrase)

Gold Rush

Gold Rush

The Cat Nap

The Cat Nap

Contemplation or another Cat Nap?

Contemplation or another Cat Nap?

A Modern Touch

A Modern Touch

White on Blue

White on Blue

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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

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