Thursday, September 9, 2010

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island...






Historic Avonlea Village.


When I sat down to write this blog post, I was going to talk about our vacations over the past several years on Prince Edward Island.  There is so much to say, so much to tell about... and yet the words aren't there.  I don't know where to begin...

So perhaps the pictures will speak for themselves.  After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

I could try to describe how beautiful it is, but nothing could do it justice.  This year we rented a house for a week in the town of Morell near St Peter's Bay.  I looked out on this every day:

There is really nothing that can describe the peace and the beauty.  You would have to see it for yourself.

A couple of times in previous years we rented an adorable cottage in Long River called Chrissydale Cottage.
As you can see from the picture, it is in a beautiful and peaceful spot.

I could try to explain how I breath a sigh of relief as soon as I cross the Confederation Bridge and get onto the Island.  But unless you've experienced it, I don't know if you would understand.  Years ago when I was single and visited PEI a few times, there was no bridge.  Back then we had to use the ferry to get to the Island from New Brunswick.  Granted, it was more exotic and romantic of a feel than the bridge.  But the feeling you get as soon as you are on the shores of PEI is still the same.  You take a deep breath and sigh deeply.  Peace descends.  And you know your vacation has truly begun.

I could talk about the miles of beautiful red cliffs that drop right down to the water,
 or try to describe the peaceful beaches and the gorgeous boardwalks at the National Park.

  But you would have to see for yourself to really appreciate it.  Meanwhile, I hope the pictures are doing a good job of giving you the idea.

And then, of course, there is Anne's Land.  The Green Gables House

 and Avonlea Village being the most well known. 

For those of you who like to visit places that are off the beaten path, there are plenty of interesting things for you to see also.  The Potato Museum is a neat place to visit.  Or perhaps you would like to see the Glass Bottle Houses

There are quaint fishing villages and working waterfronts.

And if you are lucky and catch it at the right time, there are places where you can see the seaweed known as Irish Moss being harvested. 

And no trip to PEI would be complete without visiting beautiful North Cape and the wind farm there.

This year was especially beautiful and peaceful there.  The weather was perfect.  The house we rented was lovely.  We had a chance to visit with friends that we don't get to see often enough.  I enjoyed watching sunrises and sunsets.  I had a chance to sit out at night and see the stars.  There were no city lights to block my view - or any lights for that matter.

It was very difficult to leave PEI this year.  Even more so than in other years.  I cried most of the way home. 

I live in a beautiful part of the world, and I wouldn't trade it for any other region of the country.  But I do live in a city.  And every day, all day and all night, I live with noise, traffic, city lights, police sirens, crowded stores...  And then there is the every day stuff that everyone deals with: job stress, too many bills, school conferences, sick kids... You know the routine.  You do it too.  For one precious week this year I truly felt like I left every bit of that behind.  And it was very hard to come back to it all this year after spending time in the beauty, peace and tranquility of PEI.

Ah well.  Next year I hope to be back in PEI again.  Even if it is only for a week or two.