Monday, November 1, 2010

Alexandra here!

Josh and I gave our first round of QR code workshops in Cape Breton late last week and had a GREAT time.

We left cold, wet and miserable Halifax at six in the morning and prepared ourselves for a gloomy seven-hour drive out to Cape North to visit North Highlands Community Museum. It rained pretty constantly up until the Causeway, when it cleared up and became a glorious day—an amazing welcome to Cape Breton! The drive through the Cabot Trail was breathtaking and I think I annoyed Josh with my constant picture taking, loud squealing and requests to stop the car.

North Highlands Community Museum was great. I was particularly blown away by the display of fishhooks (and one huge drillbit!) removed from local persons between 1970-1990. Sadly the display was on loan and only up for the summer, so we couldn't put a QR code on it (maybe too morbid?). They had plenty of other fascinating artefacts, however, and we enjoyed a lovely walk through their garden.

The next day we went to Les Trois Pignons in Cheticamp. The masterful hooked rugs by Elizabeth LeFort were an obvious highlight—my favourite is the near-perfect portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The eclectic collection of the late Marguerite Gallant was also great. Who knew there was a pair of Douglas Fairbanks Sr.'s boots in Cape Breton?

After a late lunch at Mr. Chicken we headed back to Halifax, but not before a spooky roadside encounter with some "colourful" locals...

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