Chicago & Wilmette, Illinois
(9/23~24) We are the members of the Baha’i Faith. On our bucket list is to see as many of
The Bahá’í Houses of Worship as possible as much as we want to see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Currently, there are seven Houses of Worship around the world, plus one being built in Santiago/Chile, and there was one in Ashkabad/Turkestan, which was demolished. We have already seen the Houses of Worship in Frankfurt/Germany, Sydney/Australia, and this time, in Wilmette, Illinois, Mother Temple of the United States of America. Next year, we are planning to visit the one in Delhi / India! All Houses of Worship are open to people of every religion. There are no sermons, rituals or clergy.
We spent an afternoon and a lovely evening in downtown Chicago. The following day, we visited the House of Worship.
(Make sure to touch your cursor on each photo to see the captions! Also, by clicking on the photos, you are able to see in slides.)
Niagara Falls, Canada
I had heard of Niagara Falls as far back as I can remember. When I heard that it was number one on couples’ honeymoon lists, it made me more curious and strengthened my desire to see this phenomenon. So, my dream came true. We had a room with a view of both falls.
New York, New York
(9/26) We just passed through the city to reach our ship and start a 10-day cruise to Quebec City on the Emerald Princess. Once situated in our stateroom, we went to the top floor food court and vista point of the ship to enjoy this world-famous city’s skyline and Statue of Liberty.
Newport, Rhode Island
(9/27) We started with an all-day, scenic drive along famous Ocean Drive, with views of Newport’s rocky coastline and a visit to The Elms, one of the grandest villas built in New England in the early 20th-century. The Berwind Family’s stunning home was modeled after an 18th-century French Chateau and showcased the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age.
(9/28) Boston is New England’s largest city and one of the most influential spots in American history. Boston is a harmonious blend of modern skyscrapers and historic, old world charm.
Bar Harbor, Maine
(9/29) A small port in Maine, famous for its lobsters…
So~ famous for their lobsters, and therefore, McLobster®! 100% Atlantic lobster meat is what this classic is all about.
Saint John, Canada
(9/30) We strolled the port area and explored its inviting, Old City Market.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
(10/1) The Halifax waterfront is a popular destination. It is home to historic buildings and ships, plus shops and the Maritime Museum of The Atlantic.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
(10/2) Although the first inhabitants of this area were French Acadians, they were eventually mainly succeeded by British, Scottish and Irish immigrants. Proud of their Celtic background and Gaelic language, Sydney is host to many colorful festivals reflecting the music, cuisine, culture and natural beauty of the island.
As we got off the ship, we were greeted by this gigantic fiddle. Translated from the Gaelic, ‘Fidheal Mhor A’ Ceilidh’, it’s actually the world’s largest fiddle. ‘Ceilidh’ is Gaelic for a social gathering, so that should give you some indication as to the personality of the people of Sydney.
(10/3) Green Gables, the 19th-century farm located in Cavendish, the farmhouse that belonged to cousins of Lucy Maud Montgomery‘s grandmother and that served as the setting for Montgomery’s much loved Anne of Green Gables novels, was the most favored visitor’s destination.
— Introduced to Anne Shirley through an anime feature of Anne of Green Gables (Akage no An) made in 1979 and re-broadcast for years, many Japanese tour groups were on our ship mainly to make their pilgrimage to the setting of the story of the redheaded exotic orphan who was outspoken and given to fits of temper, hardworking and studious and loved apple and cherry blossoms. —
Other main attraction was, at nine-miles in length, the Confederation Bridge is the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered waters and links Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick.
Quebec, Canada, UNESCO World Heritage Site
(10/5) Québec [kebɛk] City, often referred to as the ‘crown jewel of French Canada’, impresses everyone with its classic European architecture, imposing bastions, romantic promenades and picturesque plazas.
Note: As you can tell, not all photos are mine. Many of my photos did not turn out right. I borrowed some from municipal, travel and Wikipedia sites. The ones with dates on the corner-bottom-right and the video of Niagara Falls are mine.