Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Peggy's Cove - a Nova Scotia Sojourn

The mothership stopped into Halifax, the capital of Canada's Nova Scotia province. We had pounded the streets of Halifax on a previous cruise and this time decided to visit Peggy's Cove, about an hours drive to the southwest. Our guide for the day was a charming lady named Ellen, a Nova Scotia native who, if nothing else, possessed a vivid imagination with which she entertainingly embellished the mundane. A bonus biology lesson for the day involved the intricacies of the sex lives of lobsters enthusiastically presented by our guide and brushing the borders of TMI. Kudos to Ellen!Peggy's Cove is one of numerous fishing villages around the rugged Atlantic fringe of maritime Canada. From a population of 300 or so at the beginning of the 20th century the post World War II decline in the fishing industry steadily reduced the head count to today's meager 37 souls. The village rose to prominence through the unwitting efforts of a Scandinavian artist, William deGarthe, who lived there until his death in 1983, producing many paintings of the area which drew visitors to the location. Today Peggy's Cove is a mini-Mecca for artists who, with sundry other curiosity seekers such as ourselves, manage to support the ice cream store and the ginger bread cafe. More pictures here.

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