Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Perfectly-Sized City and A Belgian

For this time of year (that being tourist season was coming to an end) I was somewhat surprised at the activity in Charlottetown (click), the capital of PEI.




There were a number of tour buses parked in the centre of town which is where we headed as soon as we parked the car. We were hungry and wanted a pizza from a place we tried,and loved, last year.



Since Sophie is always with us, the three amigos, we don't and can't eat indoors or even on the patio because of health regulations regarding dogs in 'food establishments'. So as we did last year, we placed a take-out order and sat on a nearby bench where the waitress agreed to take our pizzas.



This is the name of the pizzeria and we waited patiently for our meal. In the meantime I started looking around and saw a couple of photo opps.



The city is full of older brick buildings with their original 'names' on them.


The pizzas came and were WONDERFUL but I was so hungry I didn't think to get a  photo.



The honourable fellow below always sits on this bench! He is Sir John A. MacDonald (click), Canada's first Prime Minister. This is a great bronze statue of him and people will sit next to him for a photo. We did that last year.



The following photos are some 'sights, shops and signage' in the downtown centre:



Next time we want to try out this place above.



Ron and Sophie doing the tour.






I really liked these town houses.



Statue of St.Dunstan (click).


St. Dunstan's Cathedral.



Ron and Sophie waiting patiently as I take tons of pics of cathedral.



Heading towards the Prince Edward Island Legislative Building (click) (provincial government headquarters).



Flags of all the provinces  and territories of Canada.



And a visit to Charlottetown wouldn't be complete without going to the play of "Anne of Green Gables" (click) by none other than Lucy Maud Montgomery (click). It's been playing for a very long time.



We passed this Belgian horse (click) every day on our way back to the cottage. There were two but just one on this day. It was not a bit camera shy....probably used to this!



What a beauty!




A special treat in tomorrow's post. We got to see and  hear a singer we hadn't heard in a while.



34 comments:

  1. That horse looks like it is a statue, so shiny and clean.Lovely old buildings,great eating places.Sophie would always be a drawcard for anyone walking past. Greetings from Jean

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    1. Jean, how did you know that Sophie draws a crowd?! lol She sure does and this day was no exception. She LOVES attention and being touched.
      The Belgian was a very contented horse.

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    2. Hi Nancy J....I am like a chick magnet except I attract everyone!

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  2. wonderful pictures. love the old brick buildings....one thing i miss from Germany is that it is acceptable to bring dogs at least to outdoor cafe's and restaurants.

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    1. I guess it will take more time for us to 'catch up' with Europe....as in most things. On this particular day there were no people sitting in the outdoor section, oh well, maybe next time.

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  3. I'm loving your visit to PEI.
    Wanting to experience the local cuisine of everywhere we went, I haven't had pizza in over a month and now you've made me want one. Also the fish n chips on that sign make me glad to be home.
    And what a wonderful thing to be able to travel with Sophie. I missed my little guy more than anything while we were away.

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    1. Hey Stew! I know what you mean about traveling with the dog. On any extended trips at this point anyway, we have and would place Sophie in day care.
      Now go get yourselves a pizza!! lol

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  4. Charlottetown looks lovely through your lens. I love seeing the old buildings.
    I'm always happy to see Belgians - we see those beautiful giants in the Amish community nearby.

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    1. Thank you Pat. Charlottetown is a very manageable city in that you don't feel frenzied at all and everyone is just taking their time doing whatever.
      I see Belgians in your future posts.......lol

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  5. I love that horse!! Beautiful! And the Cathederal... What a good time.. You always take the best pictures, Jim! Sophie looks so serious. I think if you would put a thought bubble above her head she'd be thinking 'running free on the beach chasing orangie' LOL. Now - if you just had a picture of that pizza this post would be perfect. That's okay. We need to leave something for the imagination, right? Yummmmm...

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    1. lol! Actually Bobbi, Sophie was waiting as we were for the PIZZA!! She knows we will cave in and give her some!! We did last year!

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  6. Fantastic photos! What an amazing area with so much to see. This is on my list of Canadian places to visit. Anyone I know who has gone there raves about it. Your photos made me feel like a was there. I do have one question though: How can Sir John A. MacDonald be sitting on that bench when he's buried in the cemetery way over here? ;)

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    1. Your a RIOT Alice!!! Sir John A. was a very mysterious fellow I hear, capable of many things!!
      Martha, you would have a blast in PEI.....just thank god you don't use film!

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  7. Thanks for the tour. Such gorgeous architecture in your top notch photos.

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    1. Oh thanks Lori. It's always a good change to just sit down, look around and start 'snapping'!

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  8. I'd love to visit Charlottetown someday, if only to sit beside Sir John A., LOL! And you know what? I went to the musical "Anne of Green Gables" this summer -- but in Rosebud, Alberta.

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    1. Get out of here! How did you like it, Debra? I have always LOVED the 'story' of Anne.....the books, the play and the movies.

      I can imagine the conversations you and Sir John A.would have! At! lol

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    2. LOVED it -- the play was so fun! I love all things Anne too. And thanks for catching my mistake about "lengthening days" -- d'oh!

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  9. Hi Jim! I really love your pictures, you (and Ron) are really creative photographers and make what everything so beautiful and interesting to look at because of your attention to the smallest detail. You make a great virtual tour guide to a beautiful place like Charlottetown that I'll never get to visit, but with your photos, I feel like I have!!

    Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Kim, I'm glad you enjoyed the 'tour'!
      Have a great weekend too!

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  10. What an incredibly quaint city! These pictures make me want to go there even more than before. I'm sending you blog to the few family doubters who weren't crazy about PEI as our next family vacation destination.

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    1. Jen if they like the beach then this could be the 'drawing-card' to use!!! lol Oopps, they will read this now, I guess! The beaches are breath-taking, now LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER,SISTER, and GRANDMOTHER,y`all!! There, that should do it!!
      Any time, Jen! lol

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  11. this place looks lovely. i so long for a living experience with a "town center"! funny you mentioning the dog laws. used to be that way here in california, but recently people take their dogs everywhere, and they are not kicked out anymore. it is a bit annoying because they are usually those little "toy dogs" that women here carry around in their purses! used to be that only service dogs were allowed, but now you can get those vests online. i am highly suspicious at the store when i see a twenty-something woman in high heels with her pekinese in a service vest! but in los angeles, it is so nuts here that you can get a vest for your dog if they are considered to be "emotionally necessary". sheesh. it's a mad mad mad world!

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    1. Town centre, Old city centre, whatever you call them, they are were it all began and spread out from there. I suppose that would be difficult to find in LA, Tony. But hey, up north I am sure you`ll find what you`re looking for.

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  12. These were all beautiful photos of a lovely, lovely place. So enjoyed the old buildings, seeing Sophie, and that gorgeous horse. Thanks for taking us with you.

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    1. You are welcome Deanna! Nice to meet you!

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  13. I always think of Anne when I read about your PEI adventures. And it is so great to see Sophie again. I have missed her lots. Well, you guys too, of course.

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    1. It's always good to hear from Inger. Anne 'is' a sweetie!!! And always will be in my books!

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  14. Thanks for the tour. It's a pleasure to see new places with you. Love the older architecture, and of course the gorgeous Belgian!
    I was a fan of "Anne of Green Gables" as a kid.

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    1. I am still a fan of Anne`s! Love the innocence in the story. Have great Sunday, Terry.

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    1. It`s not going anywhere......you`ll get back!
      Good to see you again.

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