HI All, Written: May 16, 2009
Hurray!! It’s sunny and warm (for this part of the world, 56 degrees) and the natives are all out in short sleeves. Sydney is a lovely port city and it was a pleasure for Susy and I to walk the harbor, then down main street (Charlotte St.), and finally through the old port district with its colonial churches and homes. As you can imagine these small ports have about the same history. Most were British colonies, then French (some vice verse, first French then British), and finally “Canadian”. This area is called “Nova Scotia”, which means New Scotland named by King James I in 1621 in a charter to British claimants. Sydney itself was formalized in 1785, again by British, and is also known as “Cape Breton Island”.
Let’s tour Sydney (see “Sydney, Nova Scotia Photo Album above). From the ship, before we left you see in the first photo across the harbor the view of homes along the other side of the Sydney River and in the second photo a look at the new town. The third photo shows the Sydney welcome sign and the fourth shows a 57 foot violin with Susy in front. This violin was commissioned in 2005 to be placed in front of the then brand new cruise ship terminal. It is made of fabricated steel and weights 8 ton. It is a symbol of the people and their love for the violin, usually played with piano at all parties and fiestas. We left the pier area and headed down the “Boardwalk”, which is just that, and runs along the front of the main town. In the fifth photo you see my lovely bride on the Boardwalk with the Maasdam in the background. When we got to the end of the Boardwalk we headed up into the town’s main shopping street, Charlotte St.. In the 6th and 7th photos you see some shots of the downtown (catch Susy checking out the goods). Susy commented that if you didn’t know better you would think you were in Bloomfield, Michigan, or one of our southern town’s main street. As we came to the end of the shopping district we seem to walk into the late 18th or early 19th century. In the eighth photo you see an old wooden church and in the ninth photo you see “St. George” Anglican Church dated 1785. After passing through the old historic part of Sydney we arrived back at the cruise terminal. Inside the terminal they had a replica of a famous Nova Scotian lighthouse so in the 10th photo you see Susy and I in front of it. Finally back in the ship it was tea time, so I added a last photo of Susy enjoying her afternoon tea.
That ends Sydney, tomorrow we sail into Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI).
Love You All,