After we disembarked, we walked around downtown (up a hill and back down – who knew Atlantic Canada was so hilly, not me!), stopped at a yarn store, The Loop Craft Cafe, so that Gist would know she was on vacation (it was lovely, but being committed to my yarn diet, I didn’t buy anything) and had a lemonade in the cafe attached to the shop – Gist: “This is the best husband section ever!” Then we headed to our favorite place in Halifax – The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
Interspersed with lots of tales of death and destruction. The subjects of the exhibits we saw – the Titanic, other shipwrecks at sea, a siege at sea, and, my personal favorite (I’m serious, it was fascinating), Halifax Wrecked. See, in 1917 two ships collided in the harbor, creating the largest man-made explosion before the atomic age. The devastation was, as you can imagine, incredible.
I had read about the brewery in my Atlantic Canada book and was looking forward to quaffing some of the local suds. We went to the Red Stag Tavern, conveniently located right next to the brewery, where I was able to get a Keith’s Sampler…
Which contained tastings of Keith’s IPA, Red Amber Ale, Light Ale, and Traditional Lager. I liked the Red Amber so much I also got a pint of that to drink with the best appetizer ever – smoked tomato and lobster dip – YUMMMMMMMMM!
Then we headed over to the Nova Scotia Center for Craft and Design, a super-interesting place that features craft from Nova Scotians. While we were there, we saw a hand-casting demonstration and got to speak with the artists whose show was in the main gallery.
Next port? My favorite place in the world – Bar Harbor, ME!