It was a memorable wet week in Halifax when our plane landed on Monday afternoon from Newark, NJ. Nonetheless, there was something new that we never experienced on our first day from the airport straight to Peggy's Cove. Our hosts brought us to lobster fishermen wholesalers who were selling their catch and cook it there, no fancy frills restaurant nor exorbitant fees yet it really satisfied our appetite because we have not eaten a huge lobster straight from the shell. They also ordered mussels and oysters with the presence of mind in bringing cooked rice, lemon and soy sauce. It was heaven! This was the best lunch we ever had from NY, NJ to Halifax. Peggy's Cove was nearby which is a lighthouse settled on granite rocks that hit the towering waves from a restless sea on that afternoon. The view was gorgeous although it was a windy afternoon that has warning all over the place of dangers from turbulent waves. Then, it started to rain, so we decided to trekked to the City and strolled along the boardwalk, take a peep of Citadel Hill and a glimpse of Halifax landscape in a twilight rainy of September.
Our 2nd day was ushered or shall we say blessed by more rains with stronger winds. We got our rental car @ Budget which I paid in advance online, applied the discount codes and avoid haggling or surprises. Online, it says Chevy Impala but when we got to the rental place only Hyndai (Sonata) is available. No time to be choosy because we were soaking wet just to get out of their parking lot. We headed for Lunenberg as planned, equipped ourselves with GPS, Google direction and maps. The highways were good, well maintained suitable for 110 Kms speed limit, though we exerted a little caution due to heavy rains and winds. I noticed the exits are far apart and not all have gas/restaurants nearby, so you really have to plan in advance your gas tank and your bladder. lol! After an hour of travel we arrived at Lunenberg, home of Blue Nose II, we did not see the famous boat and I heard at the museum that it was under repair. The buildings in Lunenberg were colorful that blends with the picturesque seaside. Our lunch meal was pricey for fish and chips and every shop catered for tourists only. We visited the Fisheries Museum which was practically about the story of Blue Nose achievements, a tiny aquarium, fishing equipments and story of the place. During our visit, we were fortunate to encounter Gaelic singers composed of school aged children with their folksy in a melodious tone. They were also in uniform so my wife recorded the event with her Flip video as they sung in front of a woman who was weaving cotton threads. By 3pm, we decided to go back to Halifax, we passed by Mahone Bay took pictures of the churches and beautiful homes in front of the bay. There was more rains on the road and hailstorm too, I guess that's our Halifax experience so our movements to make the most of it was limited to the few site. We decided to passed the time at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This is much nicer museum than the one in Lunenberg, very informative about the Titanic incidents which our our hosts brought us to the nearby cemetery where a great number of Titanic victims were laid to rest a hundred years ago. They recently provided names to an unknown child victim who is a young male child. If you are into sailing, this museum is a paradise. It gives you the history of Halifax seafaring life and all the perils in the sea plus huge replica of priced sail boats. For those who are visiting the museum on a Tuesday, after 6:00 pm, the admission is free up to 8 pm, however in our case we paid for Seniors rate with triple A card discount because we would like to retire early for a long driving to Cape Breton for our 3rd and 4th day. We bought some of our supplies at Super Atlantic Mega Supermarket which I think would interest tourists than going for pricey items in the tourist zone. We were booked at Best Western Plus near Chocolate Lake, nice accommodations, great breakfast and free parking. If you do not have cars, you are better off to choose downtown hotels near the boardwalk where the action in Halifax. We missed the public garden and the Seaport Farmer's Market.
(To be continued on 2nd Series of The Maritimes Trip Report - Cape Breton)Edited: 20 September 2013, 20:43