Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tides, Lobsta, And Of Course Wines

When travelling Nova Scotia , as in Maine, there is no lacking in either signage or anticipation of our beloved sea critter the lobsta'.......
Halls' Harbour, where a moderate lobster fleet brings in the catch. And, being on the Bay of Fundy the tides roll in and out, in a big way!

On an historical note, even before Bostonians were considering tea with their lobsters, brave French Acadians on lands to become known as Nova Scotia became entrapped non-participants in battles between British and French empire builders. The Acadians, farmers in the New World, were eventually evicted by thee British with a majority being forcefully transported to either Louisiana (nnow known as Cajuns) or Quebec. Longfellow's Evangeline tells a dramatic version of their gruesome exile.  Here is a statue dedicated to Evageline.
A hiking we go, gotta earn those ice cream and local brew goodies. Today, off to the most popular north shore hike on Cape Split, located betwixt the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin. And if the hydrologists are correct, more water passes between Cape Split and its opposing north shore each day than flows down the sum of all global rivers. Wowsa.

As the surge toward low tide begins again.

Hike completed, exhausted after our five hour return walk out the cape and back, our final day on the north shore deserves something a bit more refined. Something aged in oak perhaps?

Ok, a bit of British influence. But it was a  real phone box, sans Dr Who, sitting in the middle of a vineyard and offering free phone calls at Luckett's Vineyards. Sorry none of you were home to take our calls.

And the double decker, now in its second life after serving the streets of London.  See, safe wine tasting, we left the driving to the Magic Winery Bus.

But alas, I beg your patience with one more scene from the vineyards. This one L'Acadie, an organic operation, with our host being the most dynamic,effervescent presenter we've met in a long time.

As for the wines, some enjoyable crisp and floral varietals, particular 'Tidal Bay' from Gaspereau Vineyards.  Some very pleasant reds as well, darker, blacker blends.  will all be worth a revisit in another five years.

And so au revoir north shore, off to the big city on the south shore, Halifax.

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