Mel and Stu missing you
Hi everybody, Our first journal entry - how exciting! Made our way out to Canada with a few hops along the Atlantic seaboard. Arrived in Halifax and it was raining - just our luck! And there was not a great choice of movies on the plane (much to Stu's disappointment). Mel managed to get her bags searched through both airports, having a knife and a pair of scissors removed! Mel's family missed their connection, so we got to waste 4 hours in Halifax airport, which was ok, as it has been ranked the top airport serving under 5 million passengers a year in the world! However we were glad when we could leave. We spent our first night in a typical North American Motel, Stu's Psycho comparisons were not greatly appreciated, but were fairly accurate. The restaurant had rather large snake skins on the wall, which was a concern to all! Next day was spent mostly on the road, slowly meandering our way up to Prince Edward Island over the ferry along the beautiful costal routes, stopping at a very nice beach for lunch. Once on PEI we located our home for the next week, a little red cabin on the North of the Island at Stanhope in the Windermere cottages, and then set about finding somewhere for dinner. Unfortunately the island folk are "fishers and farmers" so keep rather different hours to us, all the restaurants refuse to serve after 8pm! Luckily we found the Lobster Claw, basically a diner that sold seafood who stayed open for us. What it lacked in the decor it made up for in the food. Next was Mel's Anne of Green Gables, first stop the aforementioned Green Gabled House made famous in Lucy Maud's series of stories based on PEI. Other sites included a walk down Lovers Lane, a visit to the site of the Authors home and "Ingleside" and finally to a museum by "the lake of shining waters." We finished the afternoon by playing indoor crazy golf, the twist being it is lit by UV lights and painted accordingly. We had a good laugh but the holes were quite easy. From there it was to dinner at the recommended New Glasgow Lobster Suppers. Very good value (about 15 pounds a head for everything except alcoholic drinks) where it was all you can eat chowder, mussels and salad, followed by a lobster (which seem to be the staple diet of PEI in this season, every restaurant serves it and much cheaper than you'd expect to find it anywhere in the world) and then a choice of deserts. Today was more relaxed. We had a leisurely walk down to the beach across the road from the hut, and we had a very timid swim in the sea - timid because of the number of Jellyfish in the water - Jellies are definitely in season on the island as well at the moment! Then we went across the Island to a beautiful rural area, where we hired out some canoes from a very nice gentleman in St Catherine's Cove and paddled up the river at a very reasonable price. This was made more of a challenge by the presence of rather large and Horse Flies determined to eat our ankles! From here we headed for a late picnic lunch on the harbourfront of Charlottetown, before exploring the town. While being the largest population base on the island has given it the official designation of city, it really is just a provincial town, and no worse for it. All the houses are timber on the island, and this place is one of the most attractive towns. But then today the weather has been glorious, whether it would be quite as nice in the snow and the rain in other seasons who knows - but I think it probably would. Stu has just received his first mosquito bite, much to Mel's delight as she has picked up about 3 each night we've been here! Lots of pictures to follow, All our love, From the province where McLobster is firmly on the MacDonalds menu!