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Fun Photo Friday — Sydney, Nova Scotia Favorites

Reflecting on Adventure of the Seas

Time for a Fun Photo Friday of Sydney favorites, beginning with these two murals on the wall of ‘The Hat’ (Highland Arts Theatre):

The Return of the Cape Breton Liberation Army (mural outside the Highland Arts Theatre)

Hearts of Steel (mural outside the Highland Arts Theatre)

An image better capturing the dramatic scene depicted by the Merchant Mariners Memorial:

Merchant Mariners Memorial

Some sights along Sydney Harbor:

Reel Tough

Blues and Yellows

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Fall Foliage Cruise — Lunch at the Old Triangle Irish Ale House

Everything’s just ducky on the Waterfront Boardwalk

After walking the Sydney Waterfront Boardwalk, Ursula and I headed north a short way before crossing to Charlotte Street via Townsend Street. We were getting a bit peckish, and I recalled seeing from the boardwalk an Irish Alehouse, so that’s where we headed. But before we do a lunch review, have you ever considered snapping a shot of the local license plates? It can be a fun addition to your photo library for any trip.

Nova Scotia license plate

A brief stroll northward on Charlotte Street was all we needed to find our chosen lunch spot, the Sydney branch of The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse:

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

A quick check of the ale offerings sealed the deal when I found one of my favorites, which I had discovered in Dublin a year before this trip. Thus, we sat down for lunch, and I ordered a Smithwick’s Irish red ale. For the uninitiated (of which I was one in 2018), the ‘h’ and ‘w’ are silent, resulting in an order of, “Smittick’s.”

Smithwick’s (pronounced ‘Smitticks’) Irish Red

The meal was a definite winner. Ursula proclaimed the seafood chowder served with Irish soda bread a hit, and after tasting it I had to agree with that review:

Seafood Chowder

I opted for the more mundane, but even that was far from disappointing. Below is Old Triangle’s version of fish & chips, Killybegs Style Fish, which is a beer-battered haddock:

Killybegs Style Fish & Chips

Rain was threatening, and after lunch we decided to head back to the ship. Along the way we came across some interesting street murals, including these outside ‘The Hat’ (Highland Arts Theatre):

The ‘Hat’ (Highland Arts Theatre) murals

You’ll see a bit more on those on Fun Photo Friday. Farther north is this colorful Allan Ryan mural at 270 Charlotte Street:

Mural at 270 Charlotte Street

By the time you reach Dorchester Street it’s almost time to turn west back toward the port. But not before capturing an image of an interesting copper-domed sandstone building at the corner of Dorchester and Charlotte. This once housed the Sydney branch of the Bank of Montreal. It was designed by architect Sir Andrew Taylor, and built in 1899:

Bank of Montreal; sandstone structure from 1899


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Fall Foliage Cruise — Return to Sydney, Nova Scotia

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas in Sydney, Nova Scotia

In today’s article title you’ll note the words,Return to Sydney, Nova Scotia.” That’s because it is a return, and sort of a sequel to 2014’s No, Not THAT Sydney; The OTHER Sydney. But this time we’ve landed during a chilly October morning, and this day in Sydney, Nova Scotia, was much more dismal than our previous visit.

Lobsters, Free Advice, Marriage Tips, and Directions

We didn’t have a tour planned this day, so Ursula and I headed out along the waterfront boardwalk with the intent of walking back to the ship via Sydney’s main downtown thoroughfare Charlotte Street. Of course, one of the first things you see stepping off the ship is the ‘Largest Cèilidh Fiddle in the World‘:

Largest Ceilidh Fiddle in the World

From here we hooked right and headed out onto the boardwalk. A quick look back gave us this view of Adventure of the Seas:

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas

And naturally, I wanted a photo of Ursula with the ship in the background:

Ursula in Sydney

As you walk along the boardwalk you’ll soon come across some statuary. The first one we approached was ‘Land of Our Own’, a statue created by local artist William Ernest Brown, and dedicated to Cape Breton Island immigrants.

Land of Our Own

Beyond there is yet another piece of statuary of a more somber dedication. During World War II many supply ships sailed from the nearby HMCS Protection (also called Point Edward Naval Base). These vital supply ships for England were operated by the Canadian Merchant Navy, the equivalent of what we in the U.S. refer to as the Merchant Marine. It was a dangerous mission sailing slow cargo ships across a U-boat infested North Atlantic, and one in seven sailors did not survive the journey. This is the Merchant Mariners Monument:

Merchant Mariners Monument

Dedication to Merchant Mariners

On Wednesday we’ll head back through downtown, and stop for lunch along the way at a charming Irish alehouse. Until then I shall leave you with a more peaceful image:



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