Last week, I shared the first part of our trip to Halifax on the blog and now I'll be sharing Part 2. Hope you enjoy it! :)
After our very delicious lunch at the Bicycle Thief, we continued our summer walk along the harbour.
We checked out the popular farmer's market:
And arrived at the Pier 21 museum, one of the most famous Halifax ports where millions of immigrants landed between 1928 - 1971, including Brian's grandparents!
We weren't allowed to take photos once inside but the museum was so eye-opening and definitely one of Halifax's greatest landmarks.
It's crazy to think that so many immigrants from the other side of the world spent two weeks on a ship and docked at this very spot, beginning a new life in North America. It really puts things into perspective!
Later that evening, we were scoping out some pub restaurants for dinner. Halifax has a very popular Celtic scene and we wanted to try something there, so we kept our eyes open.
Going down those very steep hills towards the harbour!
The downtown part was absolutely stunning! It looked a bit like something out of Europe and Boston.
Finally, we found our destination!
We went to this fun Irish alehouse called the Old Triangle.
There's nothing I love more than a good Irish pub! This place had such a high, buzzy atmosphere to it, with a really talented band playing in the back. We were so happy we picked such a great spot.
This candid picture of Brian kills me: he said he was very concentrated reading the drink menu, but he couldn't look more enthralled to be in a place that's practically his homeland of Ireland.
An Irish pub calls for a drink.
And our dinner! I got myself some fried fish and a very appetizing chowder soup. Mmm!
Walking back to our hotel afterwards and I was amazed at the stunning sunset. We knew tomorrow would bring another beautiful day.
Inside felt like such an inviting little cottage.
With another gorgeous day upon us, we took a seat outside.
And enjoyed the beautiful views again.
I just got myself some coffee while Brian splurged for a samosa. Think he's enjoying it?
We noticed the gardens seemed a little busier that day and people were starting to gather towards the bandstand gazebo.
It turned out a musician named Rose Nadira and her band were performing a set later that afternoon.
With that, Brian and I grabbed some fish tacos for lunch, headed back to the gardens and took a seat under a tree to enjoy.
In the mid-morning, we made it a mission to climb to the top of Citadel Hill, a former battle fort and now a beautiful destination in the city.
I couldn't get over how spacious it all was. I've never seen anything like this in Toronto!
Up we go!
It was such a beautiful day that I couldn't blame the few people taking advantage to sun bathe.
Slightly out of breath, and we made it to the top!
From this view, it seemed you could see all of downtown Halifax.
It was so oddly peaceful and soothing.
Since it was a Sunday in the small city, it was a bit more quieter than usual. We took a walk around noticing the smaller places were closed for the day.
But a little book shop was still open.
In between our afternoon walks, we took a moment to relax and rejuvenate back at the hotel. Look at Brian intently watching the baseball game (at least they won that day!)
Before dinner, Brian really wanted to check out the Keith's Brewery so we made our way back down towards the harbour to check it out.
Because it was now a Sunday evening, the actual brewery tour was closed, but the gift shop was still open.
Brian picked himself up a couple of beers to share for our last evening.
For dinner, our goal was to find a place with a beautiful ocean view for our last evening. Back to the boardwalk we went!
We hoped this would be a beautiful photo - but the sea breeze messed up my hair a bit and Brian's eyes are closed from the bright sun. We didn't notice till afterwards!
Oh well :)
We took a few moments just to relax and take in the calm ocean water. We wanted to take full advantage while we could!
I absolutely loved all the boats every where! It reminded me of being back at my uncle's cottage.
We found Theodore Tugboat up close and personal!
Can't go to Halifax and not spot some anchors!
Or fresh lobster.
Down another little boardwalk and we found ourselves at the popular Murphy's On the Water restaurant.
It was perfect and exactly what we were looking for!
I mean, just look at that view! It truly felt like the authentic Halifax experience.
Since it was our last dinner for the trip, we ordered ourselves a drink.
And each got a fresh lobster roll, fries on the side.
It felt amazing to just look over to my left and see this stunning ocean view.
And this ship approaching!
It was the one thing we never got the chance to do. The next time we come back to the East Coast, Brian and I will definitely make an effort to take a ferry ride around.
Heading back to the hotel and we took a little detour down the checkered Argyle Street.
Rather than going straight up to our room, I suggested we grab a drink at the hotel's bar. It was a beautiful night and our last one after all!
We pulled up a seat on their outside patio.
Enjoyed the summer evening over a wine for me and a whiskey for Brian.
We even got the crazy idea that maybe the hotel could deliver some sort of bottle service from the front desk? Guess what - they did!
We truly felt spoiled at that point. It was the perfect end to our night!
On our last morning, we picked up some good ol' Tim Hortons and brought our left over fruit to the gardens for one last breakfast.
I picked up a few small souvenirs:
And while we waited for a cab to the airport, we sat on the hotel patio, taking in the last bit of this beautiful city before home time.
Within a few hours, we made it back home.
And shared one last selfie together.