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Monday, September 13, 2010

Halifax Day 1

So made it to Halifax today. Since the planned meetings for today never panned out, I had the afternoon to be a bit of a tourist. I've never been to Halifax before so this was a treat. I am staying right across the street from the Public Gardens. They are really beautiful with this little stream running though. I understand it got damaged badly when a hurricane roared through a few years ago but it looked lovely.



This is a bandstand gazebo type thing. There were a lot of chairs on the far side so I figure they must use it fairly regularly.
In another this seemed apropos. A pigeon sitting on poor PM Diefenbaker's head. The pigeon looked right at home.
This was a very cool looking store with the building all painted to match the merchandise. Lots of hippy dippy Indian/Asian stuff.
Right next door was this shop with a giant bee on a red flower. Very cool.

Above the Indian store was this poster in a window. Ooookay.

I figured this was supposed to be a giant wave but it looked like a big blue tongue.

When I marry rich I want this for my wedding present. I know lots of people love boats but unless it looks like this, I'm really not interested.

This is a harbour cruise you can take. It was quite cool and windy though today so I imagine it was really cold out on the water.

I had to walk back up this hill to get to my hotel. It doesn't look bad but I come from Ottawa. We HAVE not hills. I was pretty sweaty when I got back up there.

They had lots of these dolphins all over the wharf area painted by different organizations. I forget who this was. Dept. of culture or something like that.

This was a giant decorated lobster outside of a restaurant. I thought it was cute.

Most people know my stance on religion, well, I don't have one, a stance I suppose, I don't believe, but I was kind of half-way raised in the United Church of Canada. My family are still members in our small town and if I HAD to be a member of a church this would be my choice. VERY liberal, one of the few churches in Canada who perform gay marriages, allow gay clergy and in my small town the new minister was an unwed mother. *gasp* But I walked by a HUGE United Church and I just happened to catch this little poster on the bulletin board outside. Thought it was pretty clever and in this case probably true.

So all day tomorrow I am in meetings and then our host is organizing a big lobster dinner for us all at his house. I hate lobster. LOL So I think I'm getting salmon. I love salmon. Then Wed. our meeting is over around 3:00 and my flight leaves at 6:00 so I won't really have much more time for touristy activities so I'm glad I got the chance to walk around today. Plus it's supposed to rain so today was nice. Not sure I'll be posting much for the next couple of days but have a super week.

28 comments:

Eyre said...

I love that church poster!

I'm glad you got to so sightseeing. Hopefully, your meetings won't be too boring.

Tracy said...

Very nice pictures! It looks like a lovely place.
I love that last picture - perfect!

And honey if you marry rich you'll be give that yacht to US as a wedding gift. lol

Tam said...

I hope not Eyre. People from all across Canada and Mexico that I haven't seen since Feb. so that's always nice.

Tam said...

If I marry rich Tracy you'll be invited. You can come and visit me on my boat anytime. :-)

Halifax is very nice but very small. I almost walked from one end of the waterfront to the other in half an hour. I think the unemployment is high though because I saw TONS of beggars and buskers, all trying to get money and I'm in the university part of town, not the slums.

Chris said...

I love touristy photo posts! Thanks for showing us a bit of Halifax, Tam. Glad you got to play tourist - that's the thing I liked least about business travel, not really getting to see where you were.

Tam said...

Oh yeah and the wedding favours will be dangly diamond earrings.

Tam said...

Often I don't get a chance Chris, but having booked the ticket for a morning departure before we knew the meetings were confirmed worked in my favour this time.

TheJJMG said...

Good god woman do you ever stay at home? ;-)

elaing8 said...

I was in Halifax last summer and saw almost all the same things you did. Did you go on the harbor hop? And that yacht was in the same spot last year.lol.I was told it was the owner of Tim Horton's yacht.

Tam said...

As little as possible Justin. :-)

No, I just walked around the harbour and some of the shopping areas Elaing8. I wasn't sure who the owner of the yacht was, but makes sense it might be a Tim Horton's yacht. Maybe it never goes anywhere, just sits there. :-)

Mel said...

I suspect that the reason a lot of people end up on the streets in Halifax is that they stand to do better panhandling there than they would in the more remote parts of the province (or other provinces) they're from. Same thing happens in Portland, and it largely comes of being a city surrounded by a whole hell of a lot of rural.

Tam said...

Probably Mel. Most of them were quite young as well. Not too many old timers.

Val said...

No hills in Ottawa? You'll have fun with those hills in San Francisco. :) Great photos, all of these. I especially like the blue tongue!

Tam said...

I know Val, I'm going to die. LOL

Lily said...

Fabulous pictures, Tam. Thanks for sharing your touristy day. Hope your meetings aren't too bad and enjoy the yummy salmon. :)

Jenre said...

What a nice little place. A lot different from Halifax in the UK which is near where I live :).

Erotic Horizon said...

I love the picture Tam - I can see you gave the camera a work out...

Wish you all the best for the meeting in the morning....

Have you come up on any groovy bookshops....?

E.H>

Tam said...

Thanks Lily. The worst part will be not having internet access all day. LOL

It is a cute little city Jen. I'll have to google your Halifax. :-)

There is only one small bookstore near the hotel that I found EH and it's mostly literary kind of books since it's near the university, however they did have Josh Lanyon's And Somebody Killed His Editor of all books. :-)

Stephani Hecht said...

Wow, those pictures were beautiful. *sigh* I really need to travel more.

Janna (ErotRomReader) said...

I love these posts where you get all touristy and showing us pics! :) I'm not good at that myself. I'm actually packing right now for a work trip of two days to the north of our little country, but don't expect photos from me, lol!

Tam said...

I go without a lot of things so I can travel Stephani. It doesn't hurt that work pays for it once in a while either. :-0

Awwww. You need to take pictures Janna. :-) I know some work trips though are all work and no fun.

K. Z. Snow said...

Ooo, I want to live there! I'd be happy as a big, blue, waving tongue!

Great photos, Tam.

(Word veri: eigamoul. I really want to use that in a story someday. Maybe a kind of gay Beauty and the Beast story. Seriously.)

Kris said...

So when we go to SF I'm relying on you to do all of these posts so that I can just do the linkity thing.

Tam said...

It's a cute little town KZ. Small but with an artsy vibe. And a giant blue tongue. That's GOT to be an attraction. :-)

Excellent word. Must be used in a story of some kind.

Tam said...

It's pretty easy hon. Slip in camera chip, post. :-)

Kris said...

That may be so but as you are particularly skilled at this I think I will leave it to you. You're welcome.

Michelle M. said...

I dislike lobster too. Except for the cute one you took a pic of. Also love the blue tongue. And would like a ride on your boat. So get on that marrying rich thing : )!

Tam said...

It's so much work to marry rich Michelle. I think I'm too lazy, guess I'll be poor and have to live with an inflatable dinghy. :-)