The sun was shining brightly when we woke up this morning and grabbed our Starbucks for the road trip to Lunenburg. The bellhops and valets (who all wear kilts here, by the way!) all smiled and commented on what a superb day we had for the tour. They were not wrong. The winding lighthouse trail is a coastal roadway from Halifax to Lunenburg and passing through such other pretty cove towns such as Margaret's Bay, Chester, Mahone's Bay to name a few. The road is dotted with small fish shacks, diners, antique stores and (it was Saturday) random and plentiful garage sales. I immediately thought of my friend Marjorie who would have been delighted to find that almost every parking lot was cluttered with stuff that spilled out of people's cars and trucks onto makeshift stands. It looked like they were doing a brisk business, too.
Lunenburg is the type of town I have always envisioned in a novel about the seaside. The homes and buildings in the village are colourful and rustic as well as perfectly and beautifully decked out with flowers and cheerful flags and other adornments. We stopped for lunch at the Dockside and ate on the back deck. The place was packed. The deck overlooked the pier (one of several) in Lunenburg where charters were taking passengers out for whale watching and other tours. The visibility was perfect and you could see for miles across the glimmering water to islands and boats and the ocean. Like a postcard. Our lunch was traditional fare: seafood chowder (more like soup since it wasn't too creamy) and fried scallops. With a couple of Keith's to wash it down of course. We followed our lunch with a stroll through the village where we were told where the Bluenose was being refurbished. We headed back to Halifax via the regular highway so as not to be late for our dinner reservations.