A town-trippin gem on the sea
In our two week trip to the Maritimes, there was one town that especially resonated with us and may finally trigger the “places to call home for a summer” list even though we barely had to hours to spare before heading onwards for the Digby ferry to St. John’s – Lunenburg, an hour or so drive south of Halifax.
We didn’t expect much. On Pinterest I had stumbled across a photo from the gate of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and since we were headed from Halifax to St Andrew’s already, we decided to stop over in Lunenburg for lunch and a stroll. We didn’t end up going to the museum and yet left a lot later for our ferry than we had planned to. Rather than hitting up a tourist town littered with gift shops – as we feared we would – we stumbled from one little gem into the next.
Slightly hipster take on the good old greasy fish and chips shack with sunny patios (if you’re as lucky as us any the sun shines over Nova Scotia for almost two weeks straight) overlooking the harbor. When I first saw the scallops we had ordered my heart sank a little: in front of me were brown, crumbly deep fried balls – what a dreadful Banauserei. But oh boy! were those scallops good! Tender, sweet, scallopy, the best scallops I have had to date.
A small bookstore, half used, half new books, a good some of them with a short note by the shop keeper or one of his friends. I picked up “My brilliant friend” by Elena Ferrante and it turned out to be one of my favorite books that I have bought for myself in the recent years.
Around town we stumbled into a pylon with maps of historic downtown Lunenburg that lead us down this street and that. We stumbled into the Knaut-Rhuland house – a little museum run and brought to live by the local heritage society. There were some lovely ladies downstairs dressed in period dresses who explained their crafting techniques to us (including growing and processing flax to linen). The upstairs had some great little stories about fictitous characters making their lives in the new territories work.
Any store called “makery” gets a guaranteed second glimpse from me (like the Los Altos Makery)! At this point we had completely run out of time, but I still managed to pick up some adorable fabric swatches for upcoming sewing projects. They also run a variety of crafting classes in there.
Speaking of craftiness and classes, we also stumbled across a little note for the Lunenburg School of Arts and their summer classes!