It is 4:45 in the morning and I am standing on the balcony looking at a magnificent sky. The horizon looks like it is on fire with vivid reds and black clouds hovering just above.
I quickly grabbed my camera in hopes of capturing this beautiful scene.
Unable to go back to sleep, I opened the curtains and sat next to the window to watch the night become day.
We have visited Charlottetown several times and really like this small town. The town is walkable and offers a variety of historical sites to visit including Founders’ Hall, Beaconsfield Historic House, Confederation Centre of the Arts and Avonlea Village and a theater featuring Anne of Green Gables the Musical.
As we prepared for breakfast we heard an announcement that the ship would not arrive in Charlottetown until noon. Evidently, the ship was back in the waters of the migrating Right whales and had to reduce speed.
We spent the morning hours watching as we made our way into port. I was excited when I saw that the trees were finally starting to turn. Many of the trees in the park were topped in bright yellow others red.
What a lovely, lovely day. The sun was out and the air was a cool but comfortable 68° and we were the only ship in port. We had planned to take a bus tour around the area but it was such a nice day we decided to just walk around and revisit some of the sights we saw the last time we were here.
We revisited the Anne of Green Gables store, St. Dunstan’s Basilica, walked down historic Great George Street and then returned to the marina.
After walking around the harbor area for a bit, we decided to stop for lunch before returning to the ship. When we started our walk we were given a menu and coupon for Steamers Boat House floating restaurant. If you brought the menu back to the restaurant you would receive 1lb of PEI steamed mussels with the purchase of a local craft beer; that sounded good so off to Steamers we went.
When we arrived the restaurant only had a few patrons but it filled up quickly. While we waited for our food, we ordered glasses of beer from the local brewery. I ordered a blueberry wheat. I thought it was fun to see blueberries resting at the bottom of my glass. I found the beer to be very tasty and refreshing.
Randy ordered the mussels and I ordered a cheeseburger. Randy was very happy with his mussels and I with my hamburger. Both were very tasty. While eating we noticed a couple looking for a place to sit. We were at a table for four and invited them to sit with us. We enjoyed a lovely conversation with them as we all enjoyed our meals.
As we made our way to the pier a very nice woman stopped us and asked if we would like to participate in a survey of our visit to Charlottetown. We agreed. In response to her questions we told her that we had been to Charlottetown three times and each time loved it and each time had done something different.
We explained that one of the things that we really loved about the town was how clean and beautiful it was. We told her that it was obvious that the citizens of the town were proud of their historical heritage and made every effort to share their city pride all who come to visit.
I told her that I especially loved the little touches such as the ‘Adopt a Corner’ program that had been adopted by the city. As you walk along there are little plantings on corner of the street that were created by local residents and businesses.
After spending a lovely afternoon on shore we returned to the cabin just in time to make preparations for the evening. We had a great time this evening with our dinner companions each taking a turn sharing their experiences on shore. Everyone had a great time
I had a simple dinner again this evening enjoying a Caesar salad and bowl of pea soup. I was surprised the pea soup was really quite good.
We had had a very nice and relaxed day. We returned to the cabin after dinner to enjoy sitting on the balcony until it was time to retire.
Tomorrow we dock in Sydney, Nova Scotia.