Thursday, August 28, 2014

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August 2013 - Holland MI



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On the Road Day 9 Charlottetown PEI

August 2014 - Charlottetown PEI

John headed out to play Crowbush and I spent the day wandering around town. We had decided to check out of the hotel a day early and head to Moncton NB later in the afternoon. Since our weekend plans were cancelled we thought we would get home a couple of days earlier since we were leaving again on the 25th for Washington DC.

Click here to see the Bottle Houses we visited earlier in the week in PEI.

I have passed this sign all week and assumed it had to do with metal pipes and plumbing!! Only today I stopped and read it!


Chalkboard that people can add their wishes/comments to.





I had lunch back here where we had dinner the other night. I looked back at our photos from 1990 and we had eaten here then also.



Lobster roll!!


There is a cruise ship in port so they have turned up the action outside Province House with a bilingual  reenactment of the Fathers of Confederation.




Taken later in the afternoon as I waited for John to pick me up to head out to Moncton NB about 2.5 hours away.



The Confederation Bridge (French: Pont de la Confédération) spans the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait. It links Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick, Canada. Before its official naming, Prince Edward Islanders often referred to the bridge as the "Fixed Link". Construction took place from October 1993 to May 1997 and cost C$1.3 billion. The 12.9-kilometre (8 mi) bridge opened on 31 May 1997.

The bridge is a two-lane toll bridge that carries the Trans-Canada Highway between Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island (at Route 1) and Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick (at Route 16).

It is a multi-span beam bridge with a post-tensioned concrete box girder structure. Most of the curved bridge is 40 metres (131 ft) above water with a 60 m (197 ft) navigation span for ship traffic. The bridge rests on 62 piers, of which the 44 main piers are 250 m (820 ft) apart. The bridge is 11 m (36 ft) wide.

The speed limit on the bridge is 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). It takes about 12 minutes to cross the bridge.

You don't pay as you cross into PEI but can't leave the island unless you pay the $45 toll for a car.


The bridge from the NB side looking back.




Our hotel for the evening, a Canadian chain. Very luxurious and comfortable but there isn't any free breakfast or parking so it is much more pricey than some of the other chains.




The Bell Aliant Tower, formerly known as the Aliant Tower and older still, the NBTel Tower, is a 127 metre high tower ofreinforced concrete located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. It is used to provide directional radio services. It is the tallest radio tower in the world.

Dinner at the Pumphouse Brewery as we wanted to get a glass to add to our collection. Mussels to start for John (quelle surprise) and then we both had a pizza.







Monday, August 25, 2014

Our World Tuesday

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Our World Tuesday

August 2014 - Prince Edward Island

I did an overview of our first day in PEI last week.

Here are some fun photos of The Bottle Houses. The information below is from their web site.

Some views as you enter through the gift shop.









The first bottle house was built in 1980 out of approximately 12,000 bottles; it measures 20 feet x 14 feet with three main sections. Its six gables and the patterns produced by the careful choosing of colors and sizes of bottles truly makes this a unique building. Mr. Arsenault would cement between 300 and 400 bottles per row, using a total of approximately 85 bags of cement over a six month period.






The tavern
In 1982, Édouard Arsenault decided to try his luck at a second building, using approximately 8,000 bottles this time. This tavern-like hexagonal structure was originally used to house the attraction's souvenirs and handcraft items made by his wife Rosina. Today one can admire a large selection of bottles collected by Edouard. Whenever he came across a bottle that had a special feature, he preferred to keep it for display rather than using it in the construction. This building was re-built in 1993, as the severe winter conditions had brought its toll on this house as well. The roof and the central cylinder however were maintained.







The chapel
The third building constructed by the late Édouard Arsenault is truly a work of art. Approximately 10,000 bottles were transformed in 1983 to become a magnificent little chapel, complete with pews and altar. At the time of his sudden death at the age of 70, in the spring of 1984, Mr. Arsenault still had a bit of work to do: he intended to make the steeples higher and the front pew was not quite completed. At sunset, a symphony of light and colors streams in from behind the altar. Visitors are likely to sense a feeling of peace and tranquillity as they admire the final chapter of Arsenault's work.


I love that the pews are made from votive candle holders.



 

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