I've been to the island several times, but this was our first time staying in Charlottetown proper, in my sister's new house. We had a wonderful four days of relaxing, walking through the leafy streets of the city admiring the beautiful heritage homes and their gardens, dining al fresco on Richmond St. (Row Lobster House, Receiver Coffee), enjoying the theatre (Bitter Girl, Anne & Gilbert the Musical), visiting the beach and seeing my sister's Demi-Pointe Dance Shop, for the first time.
Here are a few pics for you! Unfortunately, I didn't take many on this trip. If you love Anne of Green Gables, golfing, beach walking, lush green countryside, lobster, kind and generous locals, step-dancing and fiddle music, then just trust me: get ye to PEI!
This beautiful historic All Soul's Chapel built in 1888 is rarely open to the public, but we
got lucky on our walk into town! The walls are PEI standstone and the chapel is a "masterful example of High Victorian Goth Revival architecture in Canada, designed by architect William Critchlow Harris, Jr."
I just can't get enough of the charming heritage homes in Charlottetown. I posted several photos on Instagram taken during our 'town walks'.
I got busted taking this photo as the homeowner opened his front door and jokingly told me he charges a dollar per picture. We had a nice chat and he willingly gave his wife 100% of the credit for their gorgeous garden.
Richmond St., alongside the Confederation Centre, is closed to traffic. It is great fun to dine outside and listen to live music - the jazz festival stage was just across from the restaurants and featured local musicians all day and evening.
A stunning new lobster mural, painted on a wall in a downtown parking lot took my breath away!
A gorgeous view along the boardwalk around Victoria Park in Charlottetown
The steeple of the church at Avonlea Village
This is so cool; all around the island these quilt block signs indicate the Arts and Heritage trail More info about the sites are available by scanning the QR code below each sign!
A visit to Brackley Beach - swimming was not advised due to a proliferation of red jelly fish, but I did manage to wade in through the thousands of dinner-plate sized jellies clumped together in the shallow surf.
There's always plenty of real estate on a PEI beach! Miles and miles of red sand for walking.
PEI has done an incredible job of educating visitors about the importance of preserving delicate dune ecosystems, so almost all beaches have boardwalk access to protect the dunes.
These castles were just about at the end of their day.
We enjoyed reading this wonderful public chalkboard 'interactive mural' outside the Anne & Gilbert theatre.
It is so great to hang out with cousins! My two on the outside, with my sister's two in the middle on the set of Anne & Gilbert. It was a thrill to finally see them on stage, both have been in this musical, or Anne of Green Gables, in past summers.
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Okay folks, thanks for allowing me to indulge you in family holiday photos. Back to quilting action soon!