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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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Heading Down Queen Street in Charlottetown


Charlottetown PEI

Charlottetown PEI

As you walk along Queen Street don’t hesitate to hit the side streets, especially those that run between Queen Street and Great George. You’ll find tree-lined walkways, street cafés, souvenir shops, and even stores dedicated to Anne of Green Gables.

Charlottetown PEI

Charlottetown PEI

As for Queen Street itself, make sure you spot the sculptures that adorn it. There’s a bench upon which sits the likeness of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first prime minister and one of the founders of the Canadian Federation:

Sir John A. MacDonald

Sir John A. MacDonald

Farther down you’ll stumble across a bronze Great Blue Heron:

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Once you’ve followed Queen Street back to the water’s edge hang a left turn and loop around the Delta Prince Edward Hotel (and what appears to be a connected convention center of some sort). That will bring you to Peake’s Quay with its myriad shops, cafés, and even one of Charlottetown’s ubiquitous Cow’s Creamery ice cream parlors.

Peake's Quay

Peake’s Quay

Peake's Quay

Peake’s Quay

Heading northeast along the shoreline Ursula and I made our way back to the MS Maasdam.  Click on any image below for today’s slide show:

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