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8/22/2014

Gypsy Travels ~ Nova Scotian Wilds {Part 1}


After much reflection on our recent trip to Canada, I am finally ready to share some pictures of our trip.  We had an exquisite adventure traveling all over Nova Scotia, visiting friends and spending quality time with family and nature alike.  It was over much too quickly, we had a lot of ground to cover in two short weeks. It seemed just when we had settled into our new surroundings and were eager to explore more, it was time to leave.  Next time we will extend our stay to no less than a month, Nova Scotia has so many delicious places to visit, two weeks cannot possibly do it justice.  I am not complaining at all, I am deeply thankful for the time and experiences we DID have but we would have loved to do even more.
We arrive back to the urban jungle fully revived and refreshed with our daughter who seems to have grown in leaps and bounds in such a short time.  She has learned to crawl, clap, wave hello and goodbye and is now a seasoned traveler, much more adaptable to new things than ever before. Traveling with a 10 month old certainly has given us new eyes on how 'easy' our day to day routine really is in comparison.  A weekend trip to the beach will now seem like a breeze!  So much gratitude is gained from traveling, just a brief step away from our daily lives can give us so much fresh perspective.
My husband and I didn't take loads of pictures, our arms were mostly full with our little bambina or we were busy enjoying the view, the company or the delicious local food.  Here are some shots of our trip which I noticed are mostly shades of green, and a few shades of blue{Good for the soul type stuff}.


We started our trip by visiting a few days with my dearest friend and her beautiful family just outside of Halifax.  An splendid evening was spent on the patio of a favorite old haunt in Halifax, catching up with darling friends who were also visiting from Toronto.  Then we spent another couple days staying at my Father's home on this pretty little lake below (aptly named The Land of Laziness Lake).  It was his first time meeting his granddaughter and my husband, one of the main reasons for the trip.  My sister and various aunties came to visit and many reunions long overdue were had.  There is so much catching up to do after a 15 year absence.  My Dad's home will have to be another entire post, so I can share some pics of his wicked good taste in antiques and his collections of underwater treasures he found while diving over the years.


Mussels, Blueberry Grunt, Lobster Rolls, Hodge Podge

In the weeks leading up to our trip I composed a 'bucket list' of things I wanted not to miss on my trip to NS.  When finished, I realized 90% of the list was things I wanted to eat. Ha!  There are some things you just can't get anywhere else in the world and I didn't plan on missing out on any of them. As luck would have it, my Dad's lady turned out to be a beast in the kitchen and she cooked us up some of the most delicious meals I have ever tasted.  Like EVER.  I'm normally vegan but I make allowances for seafood if it is fresh, local and sustain-ably sourced.  My husband has never liked seafood and didn't believe me when I told him Nova Scotian seafood will change yo' lyfe . He too now makes allowances- for Nova Scotain seafood only. He LOVED it.  We ate the freshest, most perfectly prepared dishes of mussels, scallops, lobster, haddock and halibut.  We also had hodge podge (above left) a local specialty of new vegetables in a broth of milk and butter. Yum-mo. Then topped it all off with homemade local blueberry grunt with organic ice cream on top. Oh. my. goodness. It was heaven.  Annnnnd, of course I got some lobster rolls in there, some naughty Canadian sweets and my fave Maritime beers. Nova Scotia Food Bucket List- Done and Done. If you are planning on traveling to Nova Scotia, the seafood and fresh local produce are not to be missed. For real.

Cape Breton Views
After visiting with friends and fam we headed to the island of Cape Breton off the Northern Coast of Nova Scotia.  My Mother's side of my family has a home there, it sits on the property that was the original land grant to our Scottish Ancestors.  My Great Aunt opens the very old house every Summer as a cottage and stays until the weather starts to turn chilly.  It is a beautiful and wild place, the little house barely has running water and the forest is ever encroaching on the clearing where the old house sits.  At dusk you can hear the coyotes howling in the not so far distance. It's about as far away as you can get from our urban abode in Houston. It's just steps up the hill from the beaches which are for the most part completely empty and clean and clear as can be. It's my souls home, no doubt. I can see myself as an old woman, visiting this beach daily in the Summer. Swimming in the deep warm waters. 



In the next post I'll share some shots of our tour around the breathtaking Cabot Trail. Hope you enjoyed and I'll be back soon with part 2.
xoxo- Andrea

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