This past weekend, Brian and I went on a little mini get-away to beautiful Halifax on the east coast of Canada! It's a beautiful city with pure ocean water, fresh air, and is typically known for having a cooler, crisp climate.
That morning in Toronto was cool, wet and rainy. Overall, it looked like a miserable morning from Billy Bishop Airport: but we couldn't have been more excited for a weekend trip!
Just a few short weeks ago, the airport opened up the underground pedestrian tunnel for the first time. In the "olden days", you had to take a ferry across the lake (very cool! But probably not with loads of luggage). This new, modern pass way made the experience much easier and feeling like you're in an actual airport.
Even the waiting area looked like a very up scale stock broker's office.
Lamps and all for good reading light.
After a bumpy first flight out of Billy Bishop (*shivers*) and transferring out of Montréal - we made it in one piece to Halifax!
And arrived at our stay, The Lord Nelson Hotel.
This hotel was absolutely beautiful - from the staff treating you like royalty, the richness of the lobby and rooms, and the location right in downtown Halifax.
Any time we left the hotel to go out and sight-see, the concierge held open the doors and filled us in on the best restaurants and spots to check out in the city. The front lobby also provided us with a map, which proved very useful later on. Talk about treatment!
Our very lovely and very cozy room. They even delivered the Globe and Mail newspaper right to your doorstep every morning!
With a view of a the Public Gardens right across the street.
We arrived later in the afternoon on the first day, so once we were settled in, bought some snacks and drinks for the room, we scooped out the area for a bit before choosing a dinner place.
We loved the look and feel of the Halifax Alehouse, which used to be a real alehouse before it was refurnished into a pub restaurant. We ordered ourselves a number of tasty appetizers to share (requested to watch the baseball game) and stuffed our faces.
Charming, isn't he?
By the time we finished, the winds picked up and darkness had taken over. Back to the hotel!
The next morning, we were greeted by sunshine and clear, blue skies. We started off our day by checking out the beautiful Public Gardens, located directly across from our hotel. If you ever make it out to Nova Scotia, we highly recommend paying this place a visit! (and it's free, too!)
Every morning, we ended up taking a walk through these gardens - and you're about to see why!
This enchanted Victorian style garden has been around since the late 1800s and later appointed as a National Historic Site of Canada. In other words: it's a real nice place worth checking out! You can literally smell all the flowers when you're walking on the opposite side of the road and down the street.
Walking in, and I couldn't get over how green everything was!
It makes sense since the east coast is known for getting lots rain. On days like this, it really pays off!
One of the many flower beds...
... and interesting-looking flowers, to say the least.
As well as the names, like this "Tiny Treasure" one!
Wouldn't you know it, they had one for Brian - "Brian's Dream."
And a plant for me!:
Approaching this charming little home and I'd truly felt like I stepped into Anne of Green Gables.
This building is called Horticultural Hall Plaza, which serves as a small café providing light refreshments and ice-cream to the public. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it! We agreed the next morning that we would grab breakfast here.
Across from the café is a bandstand gazebo, where - you guessed it! - bands typically play.
It was quiet that first day though.
I was impressed to see a tropical plant, like this palm plant, taking a spot right smack down in with the rest of the Canadian flowers.
The Diamond Jubilee and Serpentine Fountain. As the name suggests, it was to commemorate the queen's Diamond Jubilee event.
I always said that if I was ever lucky enough to have a garden, a beautiful garden arch would be mandatory...
... so I can do cool shots like this one!
Then we approached Griffin's Pond; absolutely stunning!
It's hard to tell from this photo, but it was filled with many ducks and lots of small fish.
For a few minutes, we took a seat:
And just took in the serenity of it all.
Reading a book by a blissful pond: she had the right idea.
A fountain dedicated to the Boer War.
Look at this plant / tree / I-dunno-what! From what I remember reading, it's from somewhere in Asia.
Putting on one last, classy act before leaving the garden for the day!
After the Gardens, we took a walk around town and decided to scope out a place for some lunch by the water.
Part of Dalhousie University.
Apparently this patio after 4:00 pm served $3 pints! Unfortunately we never got around to making it here afterwards.
A Government House.
One thing to keep in mind: Halifax has a lot of very steep hills leading down to the sea! I've never been to San Francisco, but it certainly reminded me of it.
We finally made it down to the harbour!
And I'm sure glad we did :)
For a minute, I thought those non-street lights were broken. But then I realized that was the look.
I got super excited when I saw this Theodore Tugboat in the distance!
What a gorgeous day. We really got lucky in the weather department!
After wondering around, it was time for lunch. We found this awesome restaurant out on a patio right by the ocean called The Bicycle Thief: a yummy Italian place with a spin of a North American flavour.
He can never just make a normal face.
I loved that they had these coastal style lanterns. You can bet at night, they light them up with candles.
We had an extremely delicious lunch of seafood pasta, grilled chicken sandwiches and fresh, appetizing salad. We were so hungry that I didn't manage to snap a photo of it all. It ended up being our favourite meal on the trip!
Stay tuned for more to come!