Cruise Day 3 - Halifax NS – Prince Charles – The Titannic Museum and Graveyard.
Lulu Moonlighting as ship librarian
Prince Charles and Camilla
J Dawson buried here
So far – the busiest day was Monday in Halifax, Nova
Scotia. To speed the day up – we were awakened by the porter with our breakfast
in bed. Every night you can leave a checklist on your doorknob of everything
you want. Eggs – bacon – ham – toast – tea – coffee – Danish – cereal – fruit –
anything you could think of us – arrived – on the house.
Halifax was going to be busy. Rumors had it that Prince
Charles and Camilla would be there. We got off the boat and scurried toward
city hall. We were on a back street and all of a sudden a cop halted us. He
said nothing but I had the camera ready. All of a sudden a large motorcade came
flying down the hill missing us by about 10 feet. It was Prince Charles and
Camilla Parker Bowles. They were going to city hall to put a wreath on the war
memorial and be welcomed by Canada – Nova Scotia – and Halifax. We watched the
whole ceremony from about 50 feet away.
After the ceremony – the Maritime Museum was just down the
hill. We had come to see the relics from the Titanic. We weren’t disappointed.
After that – the museum host called a cab for us and we visited the Fairview
Cemetery where 150 Titanic passengers are buried. We expected the ride to take
20 minutes- but in 6 minutes we were there. We had the cab wait and we went to
the gravesites. We leached onto another group’s guide and enjoyed some of the
lore. The cab dropped us off at the farmer’s market on the pier where we
sampled some of the local ware. As we
left, Charles’ and Camilla’s motorcade was a block down the street again,
having just visited the farmer’s market too!I purchased a large jug of cider forgetting that the ship crew
confiscated any booze. Lulu ran ahead – but to my surprise they did not take my
two quarts of cider. I am drinking it as I type along with a little Canadian Club
We just learned that they do not confiscate your booze –
they charge you an $18 corking fee to drink it on the boat. Highway robbery.
We are on the high seas again – this time cruising over the
famous Grand Banks – some of the betst fishing grounds in the world. This area
is directly on the line between New York and England. It was the busiest ocean
highway for hundreds of years. Halifax is the closest North American major port
to Europe. They are also proud of their second largest natural port in the
world. Both Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart stopped here for their final
fueling spots on their famous non-stop flights.
Tomorrow is an exciting day. Sydney – Nova Scotia – is/was
the center of the coal industry in Canada. We have rented a car to go tour a
mine that extends out under the ocean. Welsh – Irish – and Scot miners came
from Europe to work here – just like back in Tamaqua. Then we go on to Prince
Edward Island and Quebec.