A Canadian Cruise

We’ve just enjoyed a wonderful cruise from New York to Canada on Queen Mary 2.

It began with Newport on Rhode Island, a pretty town founded in 1639 that is rich in history.

We enjoyed a lovely walk around admiring beautiful houses, and a Quaker meeting house. It was apparently once a most popular town for well-off families including the Astors, Vanderbilts and Wideners, where they owned summer homes. Would love to have explored it a little more.

Sydney in Novia Scotia was our next port of call where we were free to explore, the waterfront most delightful. You can take a bus tour to explore further afield but we were happy to walk around a part of the town as it was most fascinating, having a connection with Scotland, many immigrants coming from there in the nineteenth century. Jost House and Cossit House were also interesting, dating from the eighteenth century. Cape Breton Island very Celtic.

We particularly enjoyed Quebec, which yes, is very much French but a lovely and interesting walled city. We walked and walked, explored the harbour, visited museums, the ruins beneath the chateau, the Citadel, shops and enjoyed lovely lunches.

Boston was a part of the trip, but as we’d already spent some days there we took a rest day. But it is a fascinating and lovely city.

Next came Saguenay, a small rural town that very much welcomed Queen Mary 2 with a band and celebrations. Many locals were in costumes, Indians with their wigwams and children dancing. Great fun!

Finally, we called at Gaspé and Halifax. Gaspé is quite small and rural; Halifax large and commercial but we enjoyed a visit to the Citadel army museum and then an ancient boat.

It was a most enjoyable cruise. Excellent food and most entertaining.

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