Ready to Travel

Ready to Travel

Monday, August 2, 2010

Chocolate, Railways and Howard



Saturday was a day off and nice weather so we drove West to St. Stephen. It's a border town on the St. Croix river across from Calais, Maine. Lots of beautiful old houses but not too much happening. The tourist trap is the Ganong Chocolate Museum. Ganong is a BIG name in candy and they still have a factory in the town. The best part of the museum tour is all you can eat chocolate - which is great if you like chocolate and all your tooth fillings are securely in place. Me - I'd rather find myself in the the potato chip equivalent of a kid's ball room. You know - up to my hip in chips and have to eat my way out of the room. The museum was lots of reading and everything seem to be infused with the colour brown. Subliminal suggestion?
Sunday we drove in to St. John and picked up Kevin's brother Howard. We wandered back through Black's Harbour, toodled around St. Andrew's. Then headed over to Minister's Island to tour the 500 acre property built by William Van Horne of CP Rail fame. A beautiful estate going to ruin for lack of funds to restore it. The barn was amazing.
Then back to St. Andrew's for dinner on the waterfront and more wandering around. Dropped Howard at his b&b and headed for home.
Monday is a work day for us and a day of exploration for Howard. He will drive Kevin to the airport on Tuesday, then use our car to start his own driving holiday around Nova Scotia. He will come back on the 11th to collect me and we will drive back to Ontario together.
Today is New Brunswick day and we heard the sounds of a parade somewhere in town but we were heads down pulling weeds in the garden.
Hi to everyone and hope your summer is as eventful as ours.