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Trip to Maritime Provinces

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In August DW and I were on a two week tour of the Maritime Provinces leaving from Boston. We enjoyed the beauty and history of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island. Luckily the weather was great with only a few showers.

This Grand Circle tour began at the Boston Sheraton with the first night in Bar Harbor at Acadia Inn. Lunch was corn chowder at Linda's Bean Topside in Freeport across from L. L. Bean. That store has really expanded plus lots of little shops. Touring Acadia National Park we stopped at Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole, Jordan Pond. Late lunch at Geddys. A lobster dinner was provided at Poor Boys Restaurant, including a demonstration on how to tackle one.

Destination next day was St. Andrews in New Brunswick. We toured Campobello passing back and forth through customs since the island is Canadian. FDR spent childhood summers here and brought bride Eleanor later. After his death Eleanor loved to come with friends. That day a neighbor's house was open (Hubbard House). At Machias we viewed the falls. This is a site of the first naval battle in the American Revolution. Lunch there at Helen's with lip smacking Cabot cheese and mac and blueberry pie.

Our group was lodged in St. Andrew's Inn, less elegant for sure than the Algonquin Hotel undergoing renovations previously used. The highlight for the day was a whale watch in the Bay of Fundy. I had 20 whale sightings plus porpoises, bald eagles, seals. Later on a walk through Kingsbrae Garden. Dinner at The Gables and then Scotsburn ice cream.

Beautiful countryside going through New Brunswick. Lots of dairy farming. Big fencing on the sides of the road to prevent collisions with the moose. At St. Johns we saw the Reversing Falls where the tide rushes into the river forcing an upstream surge. Went through the city market at St. Johns. Lunch at Magnetic Hill in Monston. Then over a nine mile bridge to Prince Edward Island known as PEI. Many potato farms and dairies. Our stay was at Rodd Charlottetown. Evening we had shepherd's pie at the Olde Dublin Pub down the hill.

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