• Ladies and gentlemen!

    The fifth day of my trip to Eastern Canada was the last complete day I spent in Halifax. I visited the Halifax Citadel which took four hours without ever getting boring, the city of Dartmouth just north of Halifax and Point Pleasant Park in Halifax' south.

    Highlights: The Halifax Citadel is one of the most interesting historic sites I have ever visited. Dartmouth turned out being a charming city with numerous beautiful parks along the harbour and its surrounding areas. Point Pleasant Park is without a doubt the most beautiful park in and around Halifax where you can relax and walk for hours and watch the numerous boats and ships in the harbour.

    Curiosities: I had a quite epic conversation on the cell phone with my friend Charles while visiting Point Pleasant Park late in the evening and the park certainly has its very own atmosphere at night which I like a lot.

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    Entrance of Halifax Citadel

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    A musket is fired inside Halifax Citadel

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    Start of the exhibition about the First World War

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    A reconstruction of the battlefields of the First World War in France and Belgium

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    One of the numerous exhibitions to visit at Halifax Citadel

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    Canon shot fired at noon at Halifax Citadel

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    Ferry Terminal Park in Dartmouth

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    Martins Park in Dartmouth

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    Meet Seamore the Turtle

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    A pond at Point Pleasant Park

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    A look at the Northwest Arm of Halifax Harbour

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day five - Halifax: Halifax Citadel, Dartmouth, Point Pleasant Park

    Naval Memorial at Point Pleasant Park

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  • Ladies and gentlemen!

    On the fourth day of my trip to Eastern Canada, I continued visiting the beautiful city of Halifax. I visited the wonderful Maritime Museum, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Alexander Keith's Brewery.

    Highlights: Visiting Alexander Keith's Brewery was highly entertaining, including unusual types of beer to taste, great live music and folk dances.

    Curiosities: On my boat trip, the weather started to change drastically. It was all sunshine when it started but the sea quickly became cloudy, foggy and shaky. On the boat trip, one of the two female guides showed me a female lobster she had captures. When I commented said lobster by saying ''What a beautiful girl!'' she looked completely confused.

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    Alexander Keith's Brewery, where I bought my ticket early in the morning but actually visited the brewery in the evening, followed by a delicious dinner at the nearby restaurant affiliated to the unique brewery

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    Merlin the talking parrot at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    The main hall of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    The repair shop outside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    Maude Lewis' house inside the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    McNabs Island just outside Halifax Harbour

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    York Redoubt just south of Halifax Harbour

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    Halifax Harbour as seen from the south

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day four - Halifax: Maritime Museum, Art Gallery, Alexander Keith's Brewery

    Another picture of the wonderful Georges Island at Halifax Harbour

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  • Ladies and gentlemen!

    On the third day of my trip to Eastern Canada last summer, I could finally visit the stunning city of Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia. I turns out that I believe this is the most beautiful city I have visited so far in Canada, even beating Quebec City and Ottawa.

    Highlights: Visiting Pier 21 being an immigrant myself was a very emotional experience that I won't forget anytime soon. Halifax Harbour is a wonderful place where I could stay for hours without ever getting bored. The cocktail boat tour was great fun as well.

    Curiosities: There was an elderly Japanese woman who couldn't speak English who asked a lesbian couple to take pictures of her. She kept complaining about the photographs and was communicating with strange gestures. Just as I thought that I was lucky she didn't ask me to take some pictures, she actually did and I experienced the same weird feeling the two ladies before me had. I'm still not certain whether she ended up liking the pictures I took or not. But to be honest, I don't really care.

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Garrison Brewery: the only brewery I know that closes so early at night that you can't even have a drink there

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Inside Pier 21

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Shops beside Pier 21 at Halifax Harbour

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Mary E Black Gallery where I met a quite smart, nice and beautiful woman with whom I talked about arts for a while

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    The Emigrant Statue

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Georges Island which usually can't be visited due to unsafe structures and the elevated number of snakes

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Discovery Center, very interesting for children but not so much for adults

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    One of numerous monuments at Halifax Harbour

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Halifax Harbour with Georges Island in the background

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    The Last Steps at Halifax Harbour

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    One of the ferries connecting Halifax and Dartmouth

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Halifax Harbour celebrating Canadian culture

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Saint Paul's Anglican Church at Grand Parade

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Halifax City Hall

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Georges Island as seen during the cocktail boat tour

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    Sunset with Angus L. Macdonald Bridge

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day three - Halifax: Pier 21, Discovery Center, Harbour Boat Trip

    A statue close to Historic Properties near Halifax Harbour

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  • Ladies and gentlemen!

    On the second day of my voyage to Eastern Canada, I went from Quebec across New Brunswick to Nova Scotia aboard the Ocean. The train ride took twenty-two hours which means it was two hours longer than initially scheduled. I really enjoyed the ride and was able to discover numerous stunning landscapes as you can see below.

    Highlights: The weather was mostly cold and wet but I was cozy and warm inside the train. To my surprise, I ended up having a good night of sleep without any disturbances. I was able to chat with a few other passengers, including a tourist from Prince Edward Island. I was able to find a hotel really quickly upon arriving in Halifax. Waverley Inn is a wonderful historic building and I ended up staying there for four nights in a row. It would end up being my favourite hotel during my entire trip across Eastern Canada.

    Curiosities: On the train, passengers in economy class were restricted to the passenger and the dining cars and couldn't go to the actual restaurant or observation cars. A hotel room at the Westin Nova Scotia costs close to four hundred dollars per night. I have been to hotels in downtown Paris that are much less expensive. I decided to stay elsewhere which was definitely the right choice.

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    J. C. va Horne Bridge crossing from Quebec to New Brunswick as seen from Campbellton, New Brunswick

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    Riding along the Chaleur Bay

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    A view close to Charlo, New Brunswick

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    Journey to Acadia, including the village and station of Petit Rocher

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    A typical Acadian village along the railway

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    Nepisiguit River, close to Bathurst, New Brunswick

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    Somewhere along the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    Arriving in Truro, Nova Scotia, just two hours west of Halifax

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    Finally arriving at Halifax station

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    Leaving the Ocean at Halifax station

    2018 Eastern Canada trip: Day two - from Lévis to Halifax

    My unique room at Waverley Inn in downtown Halifax, a great place to relax after a long train ride

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  • Ladies and gentlemen!

    This is the first of twenty-five parts documenting my trip to the Maritimes as well as Newfoundland and Labrador this past summer. On the first day, I took the train from Ottawa to Montreal. I had dinner at the Montreal train station before boarding the Ocean: the train that connects Montreal and Halifax and a trip that would end up taking twenty-two hours.

    Highlights: I love travelling by train. On the ride from Ottawa to Montreal, I saw a deer and turkeys. The train station in Montreal is filled with interesting restaurants and shops. The Ocean turned out having quite cozy and comfortable seats.

    Curiosities: Right at the start of my trip in Ottawa, I met a quite loud family who would eventually travel all the way to Halifax with me. It was raining inside the Montreal train station since there was a problem with the roof and the weather was quite terrible. On the ride from Ottawa to Montreal I was seated next to a mother of a young child who was travelling alone and who was constantly arguing with her boyfriend who sent her angry text messages while she kept drinking a lot of wine. Examples like those prove me that I'm glad to not be in a relationship right now.

    2018 Maritimes trip: Day one - from Ottawa to Lévis

    Ottawa train station in the early afternoon

    2018 Maritimes trip: Day one - from Ottawa to Lévis

    Lachine Canal in Montreal

    2018 Maritimes trip: Day one - from Ottawa to Lévis

    Arriving at Montreal train station

    2018 Maritimes trip: Day one - from Ottawa to Lévis

    Inside Montreal train station waiting for the departure of the Ocean

    2018 Maritimes trip: Day one - from Ottawa to Lévis

    Leaving Montreal aboard the Ocean

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