We took almost 2000 pictures on this trip (I'm excited to scrap everything though a little overwhelmed at the sheer volume of pictures to go through) and want to share quite a few photos here so I am going to split my story into two posts.
I'll begin with Prince Edward Island, where we spent most of our time. After eighteen hours in the car we arrived on the island which is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. I said many times as we stood on yet another seashore and tired to take in the beauty all around us, that everywhere we looked was like a picture, though a picture would never do it justice because you could not capture the breeze, the smell of the air, the sense of calm....
Watching the girls collect shells, it was funny to see how differently they approached it - Bridget was very selective while Claire threw absolutely everything into her bucket.
Washing the sand off our feet, we also spent some time at Green Gables where we had the pleasure of meeting Anne herself and touring her home. In Anne's room we saw the slate and the dress with puffed sleeves exactly as it was described in the book. As a little girl, I loved Anne of Green Gables and always wanted to visit here, so this was a bit of a childhood dream-come-true for me. Having watched the movie with the girls, they were excited to see the "the real Green Gables" and loved running (and shouting) through the forests around the home.
No trip to Prince Edward Island would be complete without a lobster dinner, and we enjoyed one right on a lobster boat. Bridget was very skeptical when she saw the lobster's eyes looking up at her from her plate, but she gave it a good try before declaring that she was "not too keen about lobster". We ordered chicken for Claire, because we knew there was no way she would eat lobster. Myself, I can't say I love lobster, but I did enjoy the authenticity of eating it on a boat anchored in the Charlottetown harbor.
Prince Edward Island was also where I had the best fish and chips (Kensington Pub, Kensington, PEI) and seafood chowder (The Olde Dublin Pub, Charlottetown, PEI) of the trip, and perhaps ever. Believe me, I tried a lot of fish and chips and chowders to come to this conclusion.
And that brings me to the end of my story about beautiful Prince Edward Island. Thanks for sticking with me, this has been a very long post. I'll be back soon to share with you about the rest of our trip.