Another early day as I had to change the appointment to get the car serviced, so up and out the door by 7 a.m. I certainly appreciate the GPS technology that gets me to the right place and the right time. I thought I had booked the car in at dealership close to the hotel, but given all the roads, turns, exits and twists, it seemed much further. I was done by 830 so returned to the hotel to make plans for the rest of the day. I definitely wanted to see Lunenburg while I am so close, so I called ahead and was able to book a couple of walking tours.
Early on in the drive I had an adventure when I found myself at the wrong kiosk at the toll pay station ( for the bridge to Halifax). I was trapped by the traffic behind me until a kindly but somewhat gruff employee came to my rescue. He just shook his head and let me through…no cost.The day started with heavy fog and continued most of the drive to Mahone Bay where it finally eased off and the sun came out. Mahone Bay is obviously dependent on tourisms. Main Street is full of art galleries, restaurants, B&Bs and souvenir shops. The businesses and homes along the drive are well kept and inviting. This area appeals to those who sail, kayak, golf and cycle. I walked around taking in the sights and snapping the camera.
I arrived in Lunenburg early for my 2 pm walking tour, so I drove around for awhile. The town is old and has many one way streets. Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic district. It was won an award for the “prettiest painted place in the world.” As I later learned on my walking tour, the brightly painted houses are not historic. While the houses are old,the tradition of painting them in bright colors is about 10 years old. I had called “Lunenburg Walking Tours” in the morning and could not believe they would book for one person, but they did. We were to meet at the Lunenburg Academy which sits a top of a hill overlooking the town. The tour company is owned by Shelah Allen who can trace her roots to the town seven generations. Along with her was Ashley a very nice young lady who has a passion for the old Academy and traces her roots to Lunenburg back 8 generations.
I decided to add a tour of the Academy so off Ashley & I went. The school was build in a very grand scale and was built in the late 1800s – 1893 to 1895. It is designed to let in light and the attention to detail is amazing. Over the years the building codes for schools changed, which forced changes to the interior, and not for the better. It is no long a school and several incentives are in the works to restore the building and repurpose it for use of the community. It would be a shame to let this historic building sit idle.
Once done with the Academy I said good bye to Ashley and head out with Shelah. We had a grand time. She is very knowledgeable about Lunenburg, it’s history including the architecture.I doubt one could stump her in her historical account of Lunenburg. If you are in the area I would recommend her tour. Check it out at www.lunenburgwalkingtours.com Once we parted I strolled the wharf area and slowly made my way back to the car which was at the Academy – top of the hill, overlooking the town. The weather turned sunny and warm and it was a delight to stroll around this beautiful area. Once at the car I drove to the golf course which is across the harbour and took some photos before saying good bye to Lunenburg.
I had seen a road sign indicating “Blue Rocks” was close by so I drove to take a look. I couldn’t remember what the tour guide had said about the area, but I figured it would be obvious. I was wrong. It’s a nice little cove surrounded by well kept homes. Peeking at the internet, this area is home to many prominent artists who draw their inspiration from the area. It was picture perfect and that was it! Fatigue was settling in so it was time to return to Dartmouth. I have to say travelling alone can be done, but it is nicer to share it with others.
I believe this could be the last post in this series as it’s time to go home and leave the Maritimes for another day. It will take 9 long hard days of driving to get home and it’s time to start the journey.