Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island was celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, so the whole island was buzzing full of activities and tourists. July and August are always the busiest months; the whole island comes alive, and there are so many things to see and do.

Driving on the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island

For dinner, we ate at our favourite restaurant in Charlotteown, Sim's Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. Steaks and oyster...two of favourite things!

For lunch the next day, we visited the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co., which was filled with noon-time diners. There were more jellies and marmalade for sale than you could ever ever ask for, and a tasty menu featuring the Island's fresh dishes...once you eventually got a table, that is.

The setting outside the Preserve Company was beautiful too. Also, there were these random goats.

For dinner we picked up fresh lobsters and mussels from the Water Prince Corner Shop and cooked them at my in-laws' home.

That is a really big lobster.  The store clerk said that he was probably around 40 years old.

I don't usually eat seafood much on a regular basis, and the main reason is because generally nothing can possibly taste as fresh and delicious as caught-that-day seafood in Prince Edward Island.  Life is tough when you don't live near an ocean.  Actually, I do live near an ocean...but it's frozen most of the time. But in PEI, I eat lots of seafood.

a delicious, messy meal

"Can I come over for dinner?"

We did other things besides eat in Prince Edward Island. 

For example, visiting the local winery (Matos)

We checked out Cavendish Beach in Prince Edward Island National Park.

In the evening, we checked out the open mic night that was happening at Baba's Lounge. There was a big crowd out for a Wednesday night at close to midnight.  One musician in particular appeared to be intoxicated but surprised us all with a beautiful song about the Halifax explosion.   "I don't know if it has anything to do with the Halifax Pop Explosion, or if it's just a coincidence that the music festival happened to have that name," he slurred, "but yeah, the Halifax Explosion was bad. We should not do that again."

And then of course there were the alpacas.

What's that I see in the window?

Yup, definitely alpacas

Rob's parents raise alpacas on their 200 year old farmhouse. They also have a pair of birds.

My sister, looking like Snow White and the singing birds.

The farm house

My husband's parents' farm house was once in a movie called Looking for Anne. We watched some of the movie...in the house where it was shot.  It was a trippy moment.

We also got to visit the old cottage property on the ocean.  The cottage recently burned down, but the view is still fantastic, and hopefully they will be building a new one soon enough.

red cliffs

wild thyme

Leaving Prince Edward Island for Nova Scotia on the ferry