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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Prince Edward Island
The cruise continues to Prince Edward Island to explore the world renown beauty of the island.  We are cruising at about 45 deg. latitude at the island, at about 17 knts.  with a slight chop to the seas.  Just enough movement to know you are at sea. 



 Our port is Charlottetown, PEI.  Having riden big buses for several ports, we opted to walk this time. The port of call is short at about 6 hrs so not much time to explore the island.  It is beautiful, well worth another trip to explore and enjoy the unique nature of the island.  We did manage to walk several miles along the waterfront exploring the architecture. The St. Dunstan's Basilica is quite dramatic beauty. We viewed the interior prior to mass and a special mass was being held for the ship and passengers. 
We continued our walking tour along the shore on such a warm, beautiful day.  Any number of victorian style homes are located near the center of the community, many built by sea captains, most having the widow's walk.  We did not tour the homes but a number are open for tours at a modest cost.  The community seems filled with public parks, walks and everyone is more than welcoming. 

The above home was built by a sea captain and after death, the home was used as a home for women. It remains a refuge for elderly women with a stunning view of the coast.


We had to sample some of the local food and beverage as is our custom in port.  Prince Edward Island is noted for the mussels.  We enjoyed steamed mussels and great seafood chowder at Peaks.  A waterfront view dining on the decks was very comfortable.  Oh yes, the local brew was very good. 




 The above picture is the view looking across the harbor to our little ship.  This is the view from another local park with walking trail along the harbor. 

The large dwelling above was a single family dwelling converted to 6 apartments with a stunning view.  I did not inquire as to the rent!  We ventured along the way back to our ship to sail at 4 pm.  Along the route we encountered this young man playing the pipes.  A great welcome back aboard our ship and a wonderful, but short, stay.  We can suggest a return via land to spend more time on the large island.


 

We did not venture on any planned excursions, however, any fans of Anne of Green Gables can tour the home from which the books were based and several shops in town feature the book and of course GIFTS.  I do think we could return to the island as part of a land based trip, seeing more and relaxing.  We cannot stress too much the good nature of the people and warm welcome we received.  They will share a pint with you and answer any questions about the area.  So get off the beaten path and plan a trip above the 45th latitude.  Tourist season is over at end of October but summer and fall are wonderful. 

HAPPY SAILING, on our way to Corner Brook, Newfoundland!


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