FC: New England Vacation October 13-21, 2012
1: New England
2: Our trip began in Boston on October 13, 2012. We explored the city by foot.
3: Cheers.... "Where everybody knows your name."
5: THE FREEDOM TRAIL Boston is famous for its Freedom Trail which links 16 sites throughout the downtown area and Charleston that were important during the Revolution that started our nation and the birthplace of freedom.
6: Sites along the Freedom Trail.
7: Sites at the wharf.
8: Boston Commons | Established in 1837, the Public Gardens is the nation's first public botanical garden. Its 24 acres are filled with scenic and diverse greenery, as well as sculptures. It is also home to the famed Swan Boats and the world's smallest suspension bridge.
9: All around Boston
11: Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
13: SETTING SAIL The Jewel of the Seas set sail on October 14, 2012. There was still a lot to see as we departed the cruise terminal. And soon, it was time for the sun to set.
17: Portland Head Light | October 15, 2012 Welcome to Portland, Maine! We started the day with a tour of 3 lighthouses.
20: Spring Point Ledge Light
21: A Maine geocache | The buoy that got away!
23: PORTLAND BREAKWATER LIGHTHOUSE "BUG LIGHT"
24: KENNEBUNKPORT Beautiful homes (one of which belongs to President Bush), unique architecture, quaint shops....Kennebunkport was a great place to visit.
26: All around Kennebunkport...
27: Ending our day with formal night.
28: Bar Harbor
29: BAR HARBOR 10/16/12 Our second port gave us the opportunity to explore Acadia National Park, eat fresh lobster and shop in this cute, seaside town.
30: All around | ACADIA
31: Acadia National Park is located on the rock-bound Maine island of Mount Desert. Here you will find soaring granite cliffs butting up against sand and cobblestone beaches. Glacier-carved mountains rear up from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. Here, too, are meadowlands, marshes and dense green forests.
32: SAND BEACH in Acadia National Park
35: Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park: 100 foot pink granite buttresses rising out of the water.
37: Sites throughout Acadia
39: Many stone bridges were built during the construction of the carriage roads.
40: BAR HARBOR, MAINE
42: Our ship awaits as we return via tender.
43: We see a beautiful rainbow as the tenders are lifted back in place.
45: Our third port of call.....St. John, New Brunswick October 17, 2012 After the American Revolution, a group of Loyalists fled to the North to start a new life. The settlement of St. John became the first incorporated Canadian city in 1785. A few decades later, Irish immigrants also seeking refuge sailed into the Bay of Fundy, and by 1850, the population of this New Brunswick young town had skyrocketed. A fire ravaged the city but St. John was rebuilt with Victorian-style stone and brick buildings, which now add to the charm of the historic district.
46: The Carleton Martello Tower was built to guard the harbor's shipping approaches during the War of 1812.
51: On our way to the Reversing Falls
52: REVERSING FALLS | At low tide, the St. John River empties into the Bay through a narrow rocky gorge in a series of rapids and whirlpools. The rising tide pushes on the river and slows the river current to a complete stop. As the tides continue to rise to levels higher than the river, the river's current reverses direction, causing the river to flow backwards.
53: Water flow at low tide causing class five rapids
54: REVERSING FALLS
55: Water flow at high tide | Harbor Seal
56: City Market | A building that survived the fire of 1877. The interior is modeled after the inverted hull of a ship.
60: The Bay of Fundy
62: Enjoying time on the bus excursion during the Top 10 of St. Johns, New Brunswick
63: Ending our tour with a beer at O'Leary's Pub
64: Hey bus driver.....get us back to the boat.. We have a hot game of ping pong to play!
65: The Wevers take the ping pong tournament very seriously! | The Cheering Squad
66: A great night for a game of......
68: The things you do with a day at sea... | Climb a wall | checkers tournament | Practice steering the boat
69: Enjoy a cocktail | Take a nap | See the sites
71: Formal Night
72: Halifax,Nova Scotia 10/19/12
73: If you're Canadian, or even American, there's a chance your ancestors once passed through Halifax Harbor. It is the Ellis Island of Canada. The British originally founded the city in 1749, recognizing its potential as a military base. Halifax became a haven for loyalists, and later for black runaway slaves. Highlights here include the following: the Citadel, Victorian-style gardens, waterfront properties and pubs.
74: Sites along the waterfront.
75: The Citadel | Halifax | October 19, 2012
76: Exploring the Citadel...
77: The Citadel became one legacy of the War of 1812. Construction began in 1828 and continued until 1856. The fort's purpose was to deter an overland assault on the city and dockyard, and such was its strength and that of the other harbor defenses that no enemy ever dared attack. Noon in Halifax is announced by the firing of the Noon Gun, a tradition that has continued, every day except Christmas Day, at least since 1856.
78: Zanna signed up to be a member of the British Army. | A prison cell for soldiers that misbehaved.
79: Inside the Citadel
82: Trying to conquer my fear of buoys. | "Hmmmm.....now which way do we go?"
84: A Massachusetts geocache.
85: All good things must come to an end. On October 21, 2012, we returned to Boston.