Next we walked over to the City Market Downtown. I don’t know why I like going to the Farmers’ Market because I never buy anything due to everything costing so much. But it’s still fun to look around.
I heard that there were things going on in City Hall so we went inside to check it out. There was a line up for a free cookie which was delicious. We took our cookies into the theater(?) where they had some drums set up. We watched some bagpipers and some singers before leaving for our next destination.
We walked across the road to the Art Gallery of Alberta which was free for Canada Day. We’re not huge art fans so we sped through the galleries pretty quickly, again not really seeing anything that interested us. But it was free, and I love things that are free haha.
At this point it was lunch time, not seeing anything that caught our eye at the food trucks, we ended up eating at The 3 Amigos. We occasionally eat at the one located closer to our home so we knew the food was good. We each had some Chicken Empanadas (they were sold out of beef) and were stuffed by the end of the meal.
After eating, we made our way to the Legislature Grounds to see what festivities were going on there. There were lots of people cooling off in the pools as well as entertainers throughout the grounds. We took a break in the shade so we could cool down and I watched a man offering free hugs. It was fun to see all the people taking him up on his offer.
We were able to go inside the Legislature Building which I had never been in. It was neat to see all the portraits and architecture. But by this time the boyfriend was getting tired and so we started back for home.
After having a rest at home, I talked him into taking me out to see the fireworks which was a fun conclusion to Canada’s 150th birthday.
Wednesday was Canada Day. It was the day I was most looking forward to on this trip. I love celebrating Canada Day in downtown Halifax. In the morning we went down for the parade where we also met up again with my brother’s family. After the parade we walked to the new central library but it was unfortunately closed for the holiday. They had some giant board games set up outside of it to play. We decided to leave my brother’s family and went up to the Citadel Hill in search of some Canada Day cake. While we did find it, the line was longer than we planned on and decided to just walk around the fortress instead.
By the time we were done at the Citadel, we were starving so we walked downtown and found a balcony to sit on for lunch. After lunch we went to the Farmer’s Market and found some desert. We checked out the ECL store that just opened up but didn’t find anything to buy. We continued on to Pier 21 which was also free that day. After walking through the museum we headed for the boardwalk. While walking along the waterfront it started to rain so we rain into Historic Properties and looked at the shops there hoping the rain would stop. It didn’t seem to be stopping so we continued outside to the Freak Lunchbox and then up Spring Garden Road trying to decide if it was worth staying downtown for the fireworks. We walked up to the Public Gardens and found shelter on a bench under a tree where I tried to find information on if the fireworks were going to be cancelled or not. I could not find what I was looking for, but based on the weather, we decided they would be and got on the bus to come home.
We decided we were instead going to check out the fireworks that were walking distance from my parents house. We though they were supposed to be set off around 10pm so the parents, my boyfriend, and I left the house around 9:20 and started walking. About 10 minutes into our walk we started hearing the fireworks being set off. So we missed them which was disappointing. But we got a good walk out of it. It was a really pleasant night.
On Thursday we went to Blandford to stay in the house that belonged to my other grandparents when they were alive. We spent a few hours at Baywater beach where we all got burnt for not wearing sunscreen. In the evening my brother, boyfriend, and I went fishing and caught about 50 fish in less than an hour. That night we had a camp fire and roasted donuts and hotdogs. My cousin who lives in the area came over for a short visit while we set off some fireworks.
Friday morning we went out to try and catch some more fish but were not as successful. We came back for lunch and sat around playing with my nephews. In the afternoon we all took a drive to Mahone Bay where we eventually left my brother and his family to drive back home. We had to get up early for our flight back to Alberta the next morning.
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