Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July 15 - Baddeck


We’d seen Halifax the previous evening and loved it. But it was so busy and full of people we decided to call that good and move on. We drove up to Cape Breton Island and on to the village of Baddeck. What a beautiful place. Situated on the shore of Bras d’Orr Lake it is one of the most picturesque places I’ve seen on earth. There was a schooner sailing on the lake as we drove through town.

Alexander Graham Bell lived and raised his family in Baddeck. He did much of his research here as well. There is a wonderful museum displaying much of his life and work. We enjoyed it immensely.

We poked around town, enjoyed a nice meal in a wonderful restaurant in an old Victorian home. We finished this great day with a Cailidh (pronounced Kay-Lee) at the local community hall. A Cailidh is in English, a kitchen party. There was fiddle music and Booklogged and I actually square danced. It was a fun and homespun evening, complete with oakcakes for refreshments. Cape Breton is very Celtic. The population mostly deriving from Scotland. The people and the place are very special.

5 comments:

Framed said...

What no pictures? You could have had take some pictures of the two of you square dancing.

Jen said...

I can't believe you went square dancing. So funny!

Alyson said...

I guess I wasn't the only one a little shocked at the thought of you guys square dancing. Sounds fun though!

Chris said...

Glad you had fun in my neck of the woods!

ReveryWings said...

Love the picture of that schooner on the lake. Also having fun with the picture in my mind of the two of you square dancing... especially book in the traditional square dance dress. One word says it all... ifumli!