Thursday, May 30, 2013

The View From Here


Halifax is a small city compared to Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal.
And I am so thankful for that.
In the centre of peninsular Halifax there is a hill.
And on that hill there is an old British Fortress.

The name of that fortress is Citadel Hill  (click).
It is a National Historic Site and is one of Canada's National Parks.

So, on Wednesday afternoon we decided to drive up one side of this hill
and down the other side.
These are a few photos of views from the top.


A few of the many old brick buildings in the city.


You can see Halifax Harbour and that is Dartmouth across the other side.


The Town Clock on the side of Citadel Hill.


A view north.


The ferry making its way across the harbour.


Some construction....


Facing south looking to the mouth of the harbour.


The MacDonald Bridge.


Roof tops....


Halifax is noted for all its trees and these are starting to leaf-out.


That long brick building is Citadel High School 
which replaced my old high school, St.Patrick's.
And I was glad Ron was driving so I could click away.


Sophie enjoyed her view and the ride around the top of the hill.





28 comments:

  1. The pic'o'the day, Sophie, without a doubt. lovely old buildings, and a great view all round. Cheers from Jean

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    1. Hi Jean! Hope you have sorted 'things' out for your blog. thanks for stopping by and stay warm in NZ!

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  2. What a super blue sky day you had for your little tour. I enjoyed the views of your lovely little city, thanks. Lots of character in those old brick buildings. New high rises are all well and good but you need a good balance. Vancouver I thought, has gone too far and is just a temple of gleaming high rises. Pretty but rather lacking in character. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. I so understand what you are saying Craig. Some developers want to tear down everything in sight here and build those high rises everywhere. Thankfully there is a good number of 'others' who will not let this happen here.
      We lived in Vancouver for a few years.....yes it is beautiful with that gorgeous setting with mountains as a backdrop.....but it has gooten out of control with the construction.
      Enjoy your trip!

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    2. We lived in Vancouver for a year or so too while on business - west end, Bidwell at Davie. Small world!

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    3. A good friend of ours lived on Bidwell!! We lived over the Burrard Bridge in Kitsilano near the beach. Loved it there.

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  3. sometimes traveling we see doggies hanging out the window & i wonder how they don't fall out??? ... to funny!! ( :

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    1. Hi Beth! Sophie will 'hang out' once in a while. She is too big to fall out thought! I know what you mean thought when some dogs are literally almost out the window!!

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  4. Such a beautiful city with so many gorgeous old structures.

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    1. Hi Nancy! Yes, lots of history here. Between the First Nations people, the French and the English....lots was happening here.

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  5. Beautiful, Jim! Kingston is very similar to your city. Both small, both fabulous and both loaded with history.

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    1. I am getting to see the similarities, Martha! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. What an amazing tour, Jim. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. You are very welcome, Linda. I am so wanting to return to your beautiful city some day.

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  7. Lovely views on a nice ride! I do love the old brick buildings. (The one with the yellow window frames, really caught my eye) Clean looking city! You should rent a convertible for a day and sit in the back seat... :D

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    1. LOL! Renting out your car now, eh Sharon?!!

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  8. Beautiful shots! I love the one of the old brick buildings. There is something about red brick that is just gorgeous to me.

    Looks like it was an amazing day to be out and about!

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    1. It was PP.Thanks for stopping by, always good to see you!

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  9. I am so looking forward to seeing everything in person this fall! Your blog has been like a travel guide and trip planner:-) As I'm putting the pieces together, can you tell me the name of the best pizza place that you mentioned in a past post? I've got the Heartwood for lunch one day but can't find the pizza restaurant. Thanks! And please keep posting!!!

    Hugs,
    Terri

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    1. Hi Terri! Glad this is coming in handy for your trip here.
      OK, that BEST (and it does keep winning the Best of Pizza contest for the past 9 years in The Coast newspaper) is Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria. It is in North End Halifax on 5541 Young Street and also in a very popular but not busy area called the Hydrostone. You will really like this area. Their phone number is 902-455-1133.

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  10. Lovely shots - and wonderful blue skies!

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  11. Great shots of a town that seems to be just the right size. And Sophie, what a lucky dog she is to have come to live with you guys, going places all the time.

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    1. Halifax has a little of everything Inger. Perfect for us. Sophie is enjoying her ride!!

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  12. Beautiful preview. My bags are packed.( I never unpack anymore)

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    1. So it seems Stew! Go Go Go!! lol
      See you guys in a couple weeks.

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  13. really enjoyed the tour-thanks Jim-and Ron for driving-lol

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