August 20, 2007:
We made a false start today - meaning we left Halifax but had to return the next day to take care of a few more technical issues - we only made it as far as Lunenburg!
We passed by picturesque towns on the way to Lunenburg and stopped off in the town of Mahone Bay the site of three grand churches which stand side by side along the waterfront. The quaint streets of Mahone Bay are lined by old store fronts and stately houses! It is a beautiful town situated in a protected harbour.
Moving along the Lighthouse Route, we reached the town of Lunenburg. The old town of Lunenburg has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dozens of the historic buildings and homes that line the waterfront date back to 1760, and the streets still follow the original town plan dating back to 1753.
A stroll along the waterfront in the heart of Lunenburg brought us to the Bluenose II, a replica of the original and famous schooner the Bluenose. The Bluenose was the winner of four international schooner races, and is also featured on the back of the Canadian dime.
History abounds everywhere you look and lives on in the bright red restored buildings such the Lunenburg Outfitters Co, Adams & Knickle Ltd, and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. The blacksmith still wields his hammer - shaping metal into functional objects, as does the boat builder in the dory shop. Sufficient time to stroll the crisscrossing one way streets is a must as there is plenty of history there too - away from the bustling waterfront.
Dinner time was approaching and we had a hankering for a cold beer and steamed mussels. Before we settled on a restaurant that served said beer and mussels, we chose the only restaurant in town that didn't serve alcohol - zip, zero (it was a family restaurant)!!
After a scrumptious meal, and with our appetites satisfied, we headed to the town campground beside the Information Centre and took the camper off the back (our friends would be proud). Rolf headed off to a spit of land which was uncovered by the ebbing tide and offered a stupendous view of the waterfront of Lunenburg during sunset, while I stayed back at the camper to work on a few images. A beautiful sunset to round off a beautiful day!
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