Thursday, July 27, 2017


East Coast trip - 2015

It all started by accident. While visiting a lighthouse in New Brunswick, a woman was bending to see something under a deck stairs.

"Do you need help," a promptly asked, thinking he had lost something. "I am just geocaching," she said, still looking for something on the ground.

As, few seconds later, she was explaining to us what geocaching is, I was hooked already.

But what is geocaching? It's like a modern day treasure hunt. Basically you download an app that uses your phone's GPS to indicate places - close to where you are - where something was hidden by someone.

The treasures are hidden all over the world and have different degrees of difficulty. The thrill is not about what you will find, but how you will get to it.  On trees, under rocks in the middle of the woods, inside building cracks, the boxes can be anywhere.

The rule says that "you take something and you leave something", meaning you need to be prepared and have a small toy to leave once you find a box, as well.

This game is perfect for kids and my girls just loved geocaching all over PEI and New Brunswick. Here are some of the great finds:

Date: August 30th
Place: Cape Enrage, New Brunswick, under the stair to the lighthouse
Difficulty: not too hard because someone told us about it. It was the first time we heard about geocaching
Got: a strawberry shortcake doll
Left: The lady who was with us left something I didn't see. I was too excited about our prize

Date: August 30th
Place: stuck high up to rocks close to the waterfall at Point Wolfe when the tide was low.
Difficulty: none because it was found by accident by Mike. He saw the box and wondered what it was. We opened it and bang!
Got: a sticker
Left: a flower necklace

Date: September 1st
Place: Rainbow Bride - it's on the 915 costal highway
Difficulty: easy. It was right at the beginning of the bridge
Got: a strawberry bracelet
Left: a flower bracelet - used to match the necklace left at the Point Wolfe

Date: September 1st
Place: Old New Brunswick Bank
Difficulty: a bit difficult because it was up hanging on a pine tree, inside the branches. Also, It was not a box, like we were looking for.
Got: nothing. It was just a tiny long container - the size of a normal toothbrush head - with a piece of paper to log in
Left: nothing. No space.

Date: September 2nd
Place: It was inside a stump on an unnamed dirty road at South Rustico, P.E.I. 
Difficulty: it was not that easy since we had to look in a forest, filled with mosquitos
Got: a little plastic spider
Left: a pack with 14 temporary tattoos 

Date: September 3 
Place: in the woods of Victoria Park, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Difficulty: not too hard to find. Actually Juju found it.
Got: an easter eggs stickers
Left: a plastic colourful bracelet

Date: September 4
Place: the Anglican Church of St. Mark's in South Rustico, P.E.I.
Difficulty: a bit hard to find, because according to the tip it was suppose to be hanging, but I guess it fell off the tree.
I can't remember what we got and left.

Date: September 4
Place: On the side of a small road, along the golf course in Cymbria, P.E.I.
Difficulty: not hard at all. it was hanging on a pine tree on the side of the road. Also, it was easy to find a bigger container (medium size).
Got:  this was a good one with lots of stuff, so we picked two things and left two. We got a scary Peez and a little kinder egg dinosaur
Left: a little bottle with liquid to make bubbles and temporary tattoos. Also, I didn't take it, but I had to take a photo of this fun token from Texas: Free at last, if says in one side - Retired and on the road - caching since 2007.


From Wikipedia: Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name, in order to prove that they found it. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarkingtrigpointingorienteeringtreasure-huntingletterboxing, and waymarking.

September 6 - Last day: back to NB through Victoria


I apologize, but writing a travelling blog with children is not as easy as it used to be, when I didn't have two little (and beautiful) lives to take care of. 

Because of that, I just realized that I didn't published the last days of our trip to the East Coast. My bad. Anyway... it's not too late. Let me finish it now. Thanks for your understanding. :)

SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 - Last day of trip

Saying goodbye is always a mix feelings action for me. As much as I love travelling and would like to keep going, part of me is always happy when it's time to go back home. there is no place like home, right? Anyway, we said goody to PEI with a long morning walk on the beach.


What a peaceful place!

The kids had the last chance to run around on the brown sands of PEI.

Since we had to drive back to Moncton, in New Brunswick, which means leaving the island, w decided to visit one last city on the way back.

Victoria-by-the-Sea is this charming little town, on the south shore of the island, between Charlottetown and Summerside,

You can visit the town in a couple of hours, but you can also spend the whole day there just walking around, eating sea food, and getting to know it's people.

Like most of ocean towns, Victoria-by-the-Sea has a significant arts community.

We had a nice surprise at this lovely chocolate place. The owner here was an American lady who grew up in Brazil and now own this lovely shop. I enjoyed her company as much as I enjoyed this lovely and strong melted chocolate in a cup. 

Our staying in PEI was indeed sweet and I will never forget.
I hope these photos will also help the girls to always remember our awesome trip to the Canadian East Coast, the magic of Anne of Green Gables and the the Bay of Fundy

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 5 - Cavendish Beach

Another stressful morning reading the papers on line, drinking coffee and watching the ocean. 
It's a hard life.

Today was beach day! 
It was  a nice sunny and warm morning and we went back to Cavendish to check out the beach.

Lobsters traps. 

The Cavendish Beach is inside a National Park and it costs $15.60 to get in. 
They have camping sites, picnic areas and playground, but we just hung out on the beach. 

The water was super cold, but they went in anyway.

Sand sculptures.

This is happiness!

No need to say anything else, right?

Giggio - Fifi's inseparable friend - also enjoyed the sun.

 After the beach we all got excited to do something very local: an evening of east coast music. They are called Ceilidhs over here (pronounces "gay - lees") and they happen almost daily in different communities around the island. Unfortunately there was just one close by today, and when we got there it was sold out. We could still enjoy the fun music from the outs for a bit.

FROM WIKIPEDIA: In modern usage, a cèilidh or ceilidh /ˈkli/ is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. It originated from Ireland and Scotland, but is now common throughout the Scottish and Irish diasporas, as well as throughout England in a fusion with English country dance.

Visiting PEI in September is not a good idea because most of attractions are already closed for the summer.  We missed the good lunch at the Culinary Institute of Canada, the Anne of Green Gables musical, and small music performances. But there is one advantage: shopping. Most of stores have huge blow out end of season sales.

The Cavendish Boardwalk at night - an option for late shoppers.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 4 - Montague

Another fantastic day on the island! The weather was good again, but a bit cooler - about 18 degrees. Instead of going to the beach, we went to check out the east part of the island. But on the way there, we stopped around the corner from our cottage to check these old buildings out.


The Farmers' Bank of Rustico is a building of national importance, an important monument of P.E.I. architecture as well as a symbol of Acadian survival. The Bank operated from 1864 to 1894 and was an important link in the establishment of "Les Caisses populaires" in Quebec and "Credit Unions" in the rest of Canada.
The building is a legacy of an extraordinary person, Reverend Georges-Antoine Belcourt, parish priest of Rustico from 1859 to 1869. On arriving in Rustico, he noted the lack of education and the extreme economic hardships of the inhabitants. He organized the "Catholic Institute" with over 250 members. Meetings and study clubs resulted in the establishment of the Bank which provided loans to farmers at reasonable rates of interest. The Bank operated for thirty years but was forced to close its doors as a result of the passage of the Bank Act in 1871.
Father Belcourt and his parishioners constructed a building sixty by forty feet in dimensions. The building was of frame construction covered on all sides with sandstone. It was a very imposing structure and built to denote the strength and solidity deserving of a bank. It served as a Parish Hall for many years and is now used as a Museum to commemorate the work accomplished by Father Belcourt during his stay in Rustico.


As one of the most historic buildings on P.E.I., the Doucet House is certainly the oldest house in the Rustico area and quite possibly in the whole province.
The house was originally situated on Grand-Père Point (Cymbria) and was continually inhabited by descendants of Doucet families until 1982 when it was acquired by John Langdale who used it as a summer residence. When the latter decided to build a new home on the site, he stated his intention to either demolish it or give it to a person or party who would move it to another site. The Friends of the Farmers' Bank accepted the offer and the house was moved to a site adjacent to the Bank in December 1999. The house had originally been used on occasion as a place of worship at a time when there was no church or other suitable building available in the early days of the colony. The house has been fully restored and contains many items of period antique furnishings.
The re-enactment of the arrival of Jean Doucet and his wife Marguerite Gaudet to Rustico by "shallop" took place on June 26, 2004 and the official opening ceremonies of the Doucet House were held on June 29, 2004.

St. Augustine - Oldest Catholic Church in P.E.I. built in 1838.

From there, we headed east to a town called Montague. 
What a pleasant surprise! 
The place was absolutely cute and perfect for a lazy day, just like we were hoping. 

FROM WIKIPEDIA: Montague is a Canadian town and the largest population centre in Kings CountyPrince Edward Island.
The town straddles the Montague River which is the dividing line between the townships of Lot 52 and Lot 59. The town functions as a regional service centre for a rural population of 20,000. The town supports two large supermarkets, three hardware stores, a number of independent businesses, and several fast food restaurants, banks, and car dealerships.
Montague is the third largest non-suburban municipality in the province, and is the only town east of Stratford to show notable growth recently.

FROM WIKIPEDIA: The town is home to the Kings County Memorial Hospital, provincial government offices, and the Montague Curling Club, along with an elementary, intermediate and regional high school. The past years have seen a number of older homes and commercial buildings replaced with new, suburban style development along Main Street, particularly in the north end. A large scale redevelopment of the town's waterfront has taken place in recent years.
Located 44 km east of Charlottetown and 15 km southwest of Georgetown, the town's precise location is 46°10′N, 62°39′W.

The Station Cafe.
As the name says, this building used to be a train station a long time ago. 
Now it is a nice restaurant where we tried their chowder, mussels and burger.
There is a nice gift store and an information centre right behind it too.

 The area around the river could not be better for the kids to run around and explore.

I loved these buildings. They are used for lobster fishing and are located across from the local art gallery where we bought a piece of etching (a kind of printing on the stone technique).  This gallery represents about 40 local artists. Really good stuff.

The Montague River.

The great day could not finish any better, back at the cottage meeting an old friend. Jason and I first met years ago while we were participating in a Journalist in Conflict Zone course. Basically we were being trained as journalists as to how to cover wars - in this case with Canadian troops about to be deployed to Afghanistan. The super realistic training exercise happened in the Mohave Desert in California for three weeks and although it was pretty intense, we had a blast as a team. I am so happy to meet up with Jason Boy again - who is an islander from P.E.I. He still the same sweet friend. 

PS. You can read about our war experience on this blog - look for the February 2010 posts.