Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

2018 HAL Voyage of the Vikings

Saturday, July 21, 2018

There are two main reasons cruise ships dock in Sydney:  The Fortress of Louisbourg with its restored “village” and re-enactors; and the charming village of Baddeck where Alexander Graham Bell spent the last 32 years of his life.  Both attractions are about 45 minutes to an hour away.  Ships tours are available in the morning to either and each takes about 4-5 hours.  The cost runs $60.00 to $95.00/pp.  We chose to skip that and simply walked through town viewing the charming buildings and stopping for lunch before returning to the ship along the Esplanade.

The MS Rotterdam docked in Sydney, Nova Scotia on a very wet day.
The MS Rotterdam docked in Sydney, Nova Scotia on a very wet day.
But we braved the elements and persevered.
But we braved the elements and persevered.
The Jean Harris Cruise Terminal;  and Flavor on the Water Restauant.
The Jean Harris Cruise Terminal; and Flavor on the Water Restauant.
Lobster pots on display.
Lobster pots on display.
The Sydney Fiddle
The Sydney Fiddle
To Floridians, this is a scary sign!
To Floridians, this is a scary sign!
Sydney Fiddle outside the terminal.
Sydney Fiddle outside the terminal.
Shopping the market at Jean Harris Cruise Terminal.
Shopping the market at Jean Harris Cruise Terminal.
It's an easy walk into town.
It’s an easy walk into town.
But Taxis are readily available, if desired.
But Taxis are readily available, if desired.
Sydney street view with charming houses.
Sydney street view with charming houses.
This is a stately home next door to the Anglican Church.
This is a stately home next door to the Anglican Church.
The Jost House is the oldest house in Sydney.
The Jost House is the oldest house in Sydney.
The Anglican Church of St. George
The Anglican Church of St. George
Downtown Sydney
Downtown Sydney
The old Montreal Bank Building
The old Montreal Bank Building
Lunch at the El Jefe Mexican Restaurant
Lunch at the El Jefe Mexican Restaurant
El Jefe Restaurant has a patio atmosphere.
El Jefe Restaurant has a patio atmosphere.
Chorizo Quesidilla at the El Jefe Mexican Restaurant--quite good!
Chorizo Quesidilla at the El Jefe Mexican Restaurant–quite good!
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So, OK, we know the Canadian folks may not like us so much anymore. But I’ll confess, I found this sign to be quite funny!
Once again, enjoying the end of day libation.
Once again, enjoying the end of day libation.
The Governor's Pub & Eatery along the Esplanade.
The Governor’s Pub & Eatery along the Esplanade.
Walking along the Esplanade.
Walking along the Esplanade.
Making our way back to the ship.
Making our way back to the ship.

 

Nothing about Sydney mentions Marconi Towers or Guglielmo Marconi who built those towers to transmit his wireless messages across the Atlantic.  It’s pretty far away and we didn’t want to hire a cab or spend the time to see the Marconi National Historic Site, this time.  However, when we’re in St. Johns, Newfoundland later in this cruise, we’ll be near Marconi’s Towers on Signal Hill where he first received trans-Atlantic signals from Europe.

For now, we are on our way to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada

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