Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

“Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” 
- Dalai Lama

We spent last week in the town of Lunenburg which sits along the South Shore of Nova Scotia.  Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (as of 1995) and a National Historic Site of Canada.  It is also a very colorful, vibrant community.

I love color.  Painting has always been at the top of my list in any of the houses I've lived in.  Not in the add-a-colorful-throw-pillow way but real color...a red kitchen, a blue bedroom, a cheerful orange entryway...whatever made the house feel warm, inviting, and alive.  I've always been puzzled by people in the area where I live in the Pacific Northwest (and in many other parts of America) when it comes to color.  They talk or write about how much they loved all the colorful houses they saw when they traveled to other parts of the world, but in their own home everything remains beige or white (or some variation of beige or white).  It is also rare to see an exterior color other than beige, white, gray, or maybe a pale yellow now and then.  With some rare exceptions, that is what you see over and over and over again.  I have always found that interesting.  With all the gray days we get there, we need colorful homes!

 

It was nice to be staying just a block from the waterfront so that we could enjoy a walk there at anytime we chose, day or night.  We saw so many things there, including people running around trying to catch Pokemon at night.  Some of the other, more interesting, things we saw...

Fishermen's Memorial, inscribed with every ship and every individual lost at sea, dating pre-1925 all the way to the present day.  My son noted that the memorial is already so sad but what is even more depressing is that they left a lot of blank space available for the future.  We felt sad for all those lives lost and for the names and lives of those yet to be inscribed here.

Fishermen's Memorial, inscribed with every ship and every individual lost at sea, dating pre-1925 all the way to the present day.  My son noted that the memorial is already so sad but what is even more depressing is that they left a lot of blank space available for the future.  We felt sad for all those lives lost and for the names and lives of those yet to be inscribed here.

I tried to get a long exposure of about 5 minutes, resting the camera on a large post since I have no tripod here.  It didn't work as well as it would have with a tripod but I still like it.

I tried to get a long exposure of about 5 minutes, resting the camera on a large post since I have no tripod here.  It didn't work as well as it would have with a tripod but I still like it.

Photo taken inside The Fish Shack across the road from us.  They told us they bring in fresh fish every morning (no freezer on site) and go through it each day.  Very busy place.  They keep it simple there with very few choices on the menu which may be why they do what they do so well.  

 

 

 

 

 

From inside The Fish Shack, you could see our apartment in the bright green building.  The three windows above the shop were our living and dining area windows.

 

The Bluenose Golf Course across the harbour from Lunenburg.  

The Bluenose Golf Course across the harbour from Lunenburg.  

A place to sit along the Lunenburg waterfront.

A place to sit along the Lunenburg waterfront.

Lunenburg is not only a peaceful, quaint little town; it has a really good vibe.  The energy of the area and the people is peaceful and welcoming.  LOVED our stay there.  

If Wikipedia has their facts straight, Lunenburg has an interesting past.

 

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