Bar Harbor is a beautiful town. The weather was great and it added to our around town experience. Shopping is terrific and if you are an outdoor hiker there are several shops that have your every desire. From regional candy to our favorite lobster dishes, Bar Harbor was our highlight day. Make sure you visit Acadia when you go. The views are amazing.
Nova Scotia was another Cab Excursion for us. We have found that for the same money we can get twice the bang out of a tour. For about $150 we met Bubbles. He is a retired fireman and a licensed cab/tour guide. We went everywhere. Peggy's Cove is an amazing destination. The lighthouse and Cliffs are a sight to behold. Yep, it's a major tourist area and crowded but the geology makes up for the tourists. After that we proceeded to the Swissair Flight 111 memorial. Since we had a neighbor perish in this tragedy, it was a must stop for us. It's very dignified and represents how great people can come together during the needs of others. It gives you pause to think about the transient aspects of life. Back in the van with Bubbles and on to the Grave-site of the Titanic passengers. Very eerie in that all of the headstones are marked April 15. And once again you stop and think for a moment that on this one night, so many souls shared the common experience of a horrific death in tragedy. So we had about enough of the death in Halifax, on to the Botanical Gardens, the Citadel which is a major Canadian attraction, and lunch! Beware!! Don't eat at the two prominent restaurants at the Boardwalk entrance, especially Murphy's. Food is horrible. We left Mr. Bubbles, and took a nice long walk from the Entrance of the Boardwalk all the way back to the Port and Ship. All in all, a terrific day! A nice Port.
A very nice port. We decided because of the heat 95 plus, not to do any excursions. We plodded around town and visited some of the local shops. Nice local flavor and terrific people.
In this port, we decided not to take any of the ships excursions but opted for our own private tour. We met a local gent with a mini-van, did a brief interview to make sure he knew his history and had a valid cab license and off we went. Reversing Falls is indeed the highlight where the river flows in both directions and for a period of 15 minutes between high and low tides, the river comes to a complete stop. This is truly amazing and I am unaware if this phenomenon occurs anywhere else in the world. He showed us various areas of St. John and after a very pleasant 2 hours for $100 he dropped us off at a local restaurant outside the Old World Market which was just ok. In all not the most wonderful port but certainly enough to do for the short stay.