We had a slow morning this morning — the 11 hour drive from Quebec City wore us out! When we finally did get up and going we headed out to Peggy’s Cove, that most recognizable East Coast tourist destination. When we arrived we were greeted by sign telling us that this is one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada. I don’t doubt it. Even with the throngs of people and the steady stream of tour buses pulling in, it was a pretty neat place to visit. I kicked off my sandals and curled up like a cat to enjoy the sun streaming down on the rocks around the world-famous lighthouse. I wish I could bottle up the sea air and take it home with me — amazing!
I always love people-watching in these high-traffic tourist areas. Some folks seemed to be really enjoying the sights, others seemed like they wanted to rush in and out so they could check off Peggy’s Cove on their list of “things to see.” I overheard a heated argument in the gift shop between a teenager who wanted to buy a souvenir shot glass for a girl back home and his exasperated parents who thought the gift was a bad idea because the intended recipient wasn’t of legal drinking age. Never a dull moment when observing the minutia of other people’s family vacations!
I think the most fascinating thing was watching the steady stream of people attempting the next-to-impossible task of getting a photograph of their family in front of the lighthouse with no other tourists around. (The line up of people trying to take that postcard perfect shot made me think of Martin Parr’s photography) Why do we insist on visually replicating the fiction of being an isolated visitor in any “nature spot” designated as a tourist area? (I’m not sure I have the answer, but I do address this in my forthcoming book, Manufacturing National Park Nature).
A long day of sight-seeing and people-watching left us hungry, so tonight we headed over to The Wooden Monkey. What a fun, fabulous and funky vegan-friendly place. The beer was good, the food was outstanding (such a treat to be able to choose from a number of things on the menu!) and the atmosphere was friendly. I had a pizza with vegan cheese and soy brûlée for dessert — delicious!