Virtual Cruise With Mary Alyce: Halifax, St. Johns, and Bar Harbor

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[Editors Note: We get caught up today with Mary Alyce and her Virtual Cruise on the Eurodam with her reports on Hlifax, St. Johns, and Bar Harbor.]

Halifax
A sunny day in Halifax Nova Scotia. We played some basketball for “dam” dollars and then headed out for a walk about in Halifax.

They have a great boardwalk along the water with lots to see and do. Some shopping, people watching, kiosks with interesting jewelry and other gifts. The maritime museum is very interesting with lots of history of the explosion in the river and how it affected the city and lots about the Titanic. The survivors were brought to Halifax first. Many of the bodies were brought here and buried in the local cemetery. The graves were numbered because they were unable to identify the victims.

Later, we toured two breweries, Alexander Keith and Garrison. They even had a raspberry wheat beer which I enjoyed a small glass.

Tonight we had cocktails with the captain and met some more passengers we had sailed with before. They have an Italian restaurant on the ship called Canaletto, no charge, we hope to get there soon. The greenhouse spa is the same as on the vista class ships, it never seems busy. Tomorrow, St. John New Brunswick.

St. Johns
Last night we enjoyed the Indonesian Cruise show. The singers were amazing and the Balinese women dancers were so talented. They had the bent back fingers and moving eyes and the sharp crisp head and shoulder movements. The costumes were intricate and colorful.

Today we walked the Harbor Passage to the Reversing Falls. We were docked in the bay of Fundy which has very high and very low tides. At the rapids in the St. John River the tide is affected by the Bay of Fundy tides and when the tide changes so does the current in the river. It becomes very quiet and then the tide or currents change directions quite a sight. We watched the tide change and then went to the restaurant over the rapids for a drink.

At the restuarant we struck up an conversation with a nice local man named Jeff. We ended up having escargot with baked cheese on top, delicious! Then Jeff recommended the lobster stew. We had to try it, so we shared a bowl of the best lobster soup ever. We were ready to settle our bill and Jeff said he was going to buy our lunch. We had just met him but he said people in the states were always kind to him and he wanted to do something to say thanks. What a great surprise and wonderful treat. We have told everyone our story about Jeff.

We walked back to the ship and then walked into downtown. St. John’s has the steepest Main street in Canada, a real breath taker. We found a Montreal deli and finally had poutine, french fries, cheese curds and gravy. We had to walk another 2 miles to wear it off. We put about 8 miles on the walking shoes today. Tonight they had a party at the Lido pool with great decorations of large vases of large flowers and chocolate fountains with fruit and marshmallow skewers. Tomorrow Baa Haa Baa, Maine.

Bar Harbor
A foggy morning turned into a sunny afternoon with temps in the 60’s. A great day for a stroll along the shore path. It takes you along the eastern shore of Bar Harbor and literally crosses the lawns of some of the cottages (make that mansions). It was a day filled with fall foliage and warm breezes. the path is a little over a mile long and is filled with rocky shores and colorful vistas. It ends with a walk towards town filled with older homes and pine trees. The fragrance and shade from the pine trees gives the illusion of a forest. We wandered towards town and Main Street. We browsed in some stores and stopped at the Ivy Manor, a quaint bed and breakfast with a small cafe. They were boiling the lobsters outside in big pots. Right from the lobster tank squirming into the pot. We had great clam “chowda” and a lobster roll. We then checked out a few more stores including Cool as a Moose. We wandered around for a few more fall color shots and headed back to the ship by tender.
Tomorrow Boston, maybe some beans!!