Wednesday, August 09, 2017

We Were On Vacation! Part One

 We headed out on our first real family vacation on the 31st of July.  We were off to Cape Breton to a little cottage called Hearts Content located on the Mira River.
 Welcome to Cape Breton!!

We were all really excited about our little cottage and it did not disappoint.  I'm sure we could have spent our entire vacation there and been completely satisfied with our experience.

 Walk way down to our dock.
 And the swimming dock.

 The view of our cottage from the dock.

 Our little deck.

The sun room.

After getting settled into our cottage we headed up to Sydney to get supplies and grab some supper.
 We grabbed foot long subs from Subway so that we would have lunch for the following day when we'd be exploring Fortress Louisbourg.

The kids found a little Bingo game which they adored.
 They spent lots of quality time playing Bingo together.  And we played a round as a family that first night.

We were up bright and early the next morning to head into Louisbourg. 
 The bus you take to the Fortress.
 Wandering on the grounds.  The kids had a fantastic time using their explore guides they were given to take in all that the Fortress had to offer.

 We spent quite some time with this gentleman as he explained the conditions at the Fortress at the time of 1745.  He explained to the boys what their life would have been like had they lived there.
 And he shared with Emma-Lyn as well.  All of the staff were wonderful and stayed mostly in character for the duration of our visit.

 Checking out the blacksmith shop.
 They bake bread there--it smelled and tasted heavenly!

 Fun to try and imagine just how busy these streets would have been in 1745.

 The soldiers in the guard house getting ready to parade to the Kings Bastion.

 Sean was pretty pleased to be able to hold a soldier's musket.

 The Kings Bastion grounds.  They fired muskets and two cannons.  Wow!! The cannon's boom just about takes your breath away.  In the silence that followed the boom Levi piped up with, "I HATE the cannons!!"
 And the smoke was something else!

 Levi found a chair just his size!

 The kids were all, "Look mom we could have fit in these barrels!"

 We stayed for the better part of over five hours and it was hot and we were sweaty so we headed out around four for our cottage.

 It was definitely time to unwind with some water fun!!
Stay tuned for the next installment about our travels.

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