Kilts in Halifax

Being a kiltie I always enjoy running into other kilt wearers. At the Halifax Citadel all of the guard was kilted. Cool! The piper, originally from Hong Kong, learned how to play the pipes on Skype! Amazing! And he could really make the pipes go.

Pipes, drums and kilts in Halifax

This is a fave shot from the trip. Can’t say why, it just is. (Maybe it’s the hole in the hose??)

Kilt hose and spats in Halifax

Canon G11 looking out, looking down.

Home again home again

From the San Francisco Bay Area to Halifax, Nova Scotia and back–by train. Incredible 10,000 mile trip! Surreal end to the whole thing while waiting a couple of hours for the shuttle bus in the Martinez Amtrak station. I felt like I was in an R. Crumb comic entitled “Welcome back to the good ol’ USofA.” The entire Canadian experience was quite a contrast.

This was my last shot of the trip–not the best of the last, but THE last. The G11 was packed away for the bus ride, so this shot of the train leaving us behind is from my handy iPhone camera.

10000 miles--the end

[I’ll put together an album of my fave shots of the trip sometime soon.]

iPhone catches the moment.

Au revoir Québec City

Tomorrow in the early AM we hop the train for the long ride west. There’s no Wi-Fi for the majority of the five day trip so this is pretty much it until we reach Vancouver. I will miss eastern Canada, and especially Québec.

Today it was very rainy. It’s the first day we had to hole up because it was too wet to venture out. But hey, we wrote some email, ate some food, drank a few beers…

The view from the hotel window early this afternoon (FYI, the dull looking, silo-like building lights up spectacularly at night–the lighting the result of an international art project).

Québec City rain

And a camera view looking up and to the right at the Hotel Belley bar.

Hotel Belley art

Canon G11 before packing the bags.

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