Southeast Canada and Boston 2010
In the summer of 2010 Carol and Ron visited parts of New England and Canada. Ron had never been to Canada. Carol had been several times.
Ron and Carol visited 7 cities in this big loop through the US and Canada. We visited places in the green boxes.
Gettysburg PN - Gettysburg Civil War Battlefield. The rock formation in the lower left is called Devil's Den. From there Confederate sharpshooters keep the heads down on Union soldiers on Little Round Top hill where the photo was taken. The woods and field above and to the right is called The Wheatfield were 4,000 fell from charge and counter-charge. Total causalities for the three day battle was about 51,000! So much American blood on American soil.
Western Pennsylvania – The Keystone State REALLY wants you to wear your seat belt!
Corning NY, Corning Museum of Glass - Glass inlay of a hawk's head from Egypt about the 4th centruy BC.
Corning NY, Corning Museum of Glass - Roman 'caged' glass lamp. About the 4th centruy AD.
Corning NY, Corning Museum of Glass - Full size glass figure by Karen LaMonte. She is one of Ron's favorites.
Niagara Falls, NY, State Park - The rapids above the American Falls.
Niagara Falls, NY, State Park - The rapids making the way to the American Falls. The tall building to the right of center is Fallsview Resort and Casino, in Canada, where Ron and Carol stayed. The tall building to the left of center is Embassy Suites where they had dinner.
Niagara Falls, NY, State Park - The American Falls (US) with Horseshoe Falls (Canada) in the background.
Niagara Falls, Canada! - This is the view from Ron and Carol's room on the 23rd floor. They asked why we could not get a better view and the staff just laughed. BTW, that is the Horseshoe Falls.
Hamilton, Ontario - Hamilton Waterworks Pumphouse (and Steam Museum). Built in 1859. At the time it contained two of the largest and most complex steam engines in the world.
Each engine is massive: the beam is 30 feet long and weight 14 tons. The flywheel is 22 feet in diameter and weighs 22 tons.
Hamilton, Ontario - Hamilton Waterworks Steam Engine. Top of the two pistons (one 24 inch high pressure and one 42 inch low pressure) for one of the two engines. Note the oil can on the larger.
Kingston, Ontario – The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. The Museum Ship Alexander Henry was built in 1959. She was former buoy tender and light icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard. She is sitting in a 19th century dry dock that used steam engines to pump the water out and work the gate.
Kingston, Ontario – The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. The rudder of an 18 foot 1924 ‘disappearing propeller’, or Dispro Motor Boat. The two lines allowed any of the passengers to steer the boat.
Kingston, Ontario – The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. This strange boat is an ‘ice’ boat. It has metal skids on the bottom that holds the boat a few inches above the ice. Men would push the boat with the poles across the top and would put their weight on the poles if the ice started to break. They say this was not a career for big heavy men. Note the sail.
Kingston, Ontario – Murney Point Tower. Built in 1846 to defend Kingston from America, it is a fine example of a ‘Martello’ tower. (Ron and Carol did not know what that meant either.) It is a World Heritage site! The wooden structure on top is modern, to protect the cannon.
Kingston, Ontario – Murney Point Fort. Detail of the dry moat.
Kingston, Ontario – Murney Point Fort. This item was in the “Guess What This Is?” display. Can you tell? Answer is in the next picture. (Hint - The three pieces are connected together to form one solid item.)
Kingston, Ontario – Best Western Fireside Inn. A huge four poster bed and a pretty girl!
Answer to above: That is a 19th century wooden leg.
Gananoque City Park (Ontario, along the Thousand Island Parkway) – Gates on the Gananoque River for a mill run. Not used for mills anymore, it is a lovely and interesting park.
Prescott, Ontario (2 miles east on the St. Lawrence River) – This lighthouse use to be a windmill. In 1838, about 200 men landed nearby and fought for independence from England. They lost to a much larger force. The leader was executed and 60 were sent to Australia.
Montreal, Quebec - McCord Museum (Montreal History Collection) - A crossbow with a barrel. Why?
Montreal, Quebec - Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts) - Egyptian vase with flamingos. Pre-dynastic period, 4000-3200BC!
Montreal, Quebec - Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts) - Bronze called 'Caughnawaga Women' by Suzor-Cote, 1924. (Caughnawaga was the principal village of the Mohawk nation now the site of the village of Fonda, New York.)
Montreal, Quebec, Museum of Fine Arts – Two face statue of possibly Janus, the deity of doorways, 1st century BC. Ron took the picture of one side, while Carol on the other.
Montreal, Quebec, Bonsecours Market (Marché Bonsecours) – This used to be the City Hall for Montreal. It is now open to the public as shops and cafes. Best of these were shops of Quebec arts / crafts, and Quebec products.
Montreal, Quebec – Typical side street.
Montreal, Quebec, Skyline from the St. Lawrence River - Shortly after taking this picture the sky opened and it rained hard. Ron had packed light rain ponchos just to keep this from happening. They were used for the first and last time on the trip.
Quebec, between Montreal to Quebec. On Rt. 132, which runs along the south side of the St. Lawrence River, there were several of these metal roofed Catholic churches. They seem to be typical to the area.
Quebec City, Quebec, Montmorency Falls (Chute Montmorency) – A nice waterfall on the Montmorency River just out of downtown Quebec. It is 275 ft (84 meters) tall.
Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) – Chateau Frontenac as seen from Ron and Carol’s room at the hotel Chateau Bellvue. Most of the view out the window was of trees in the Governor’s Park. Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Old Quebec - Typical side street.
Old Quebec, Le Petit Séminaire – Although called a seminary, this is the oldest college (school) in the new world. (Est. 1668) Our walking-tour guide went to school here as a boy, as did his son. The school is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Old Quebec – Better view of Château Frontenac and Old Quebec from the St. Lawrence River – The hotel was one of a series of "château" style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company in the 1890s. The Château Frontenac opened in 1893, five years after its sister-hotel, the Banff Springs.
Old Quebec, The ‘Aux Anciens Canadiens’ Restaurant – Ron and Carol had dinner in this ‘mansion’ that was built in 1675. It was converted to a restaurant in 1966. Ron does not really like maple, but loved their maple pie.
Between Quebec and Maine – Carol really wanted to see a moose, but there was none to be seen. A lady FedEx driver said someone had run in to one just a few nights before on the same highway. [Carol wondered if it was the very LAST one, but the lady said, "Only the last stupid one."]
Jackman, Maine (south of) – Beautiful view from a rest stop on Route 201 in the middle of nowhere! (GPS 45.58324, -70.17934)
Maine, Route 201 again, looking a lot like Scotland.
Portland, Maine (near) at the Visitor Center. Carol finally gets her moose.
Portland, Maine – The ‘Observatory’ from 1807. This was built to see and communicate with ships entering the very island-filled Portland harbor.
Portland, Maine – Portland Head Light. It was first lit on January 10, 1791.
Boston, Mass. – USS Constitution. Launched in 1797, The Constitution remains in commission today, the oldest ship on the Navy List. She fought in several battles, and to the surprise of many, won them all. She is currently in a major three-year restoration process as she prepares for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Boston, Mass. skyline from the USS Constitution. (A sailboat of course.)
Boston, Mass. – The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). A Precession of Offering Bearers. Egypt, about 2000 BC. These four 15” figures in precession is breath-taking.
Boston, Mass. – The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). A very old stone carving of a hare. Neolithic Period about 6400-5900 BC! This is the oldest work of art in the museum.
Boston, Mass. – The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). Unknown to Ron and Carol the worship of Egyptian gods had resumed in Boston.
Boston, Mass. – The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). A 12th century chapel from Catalonia. (There is a museum in Barcelona filled with these.)
St. Georges, Quebec – Yes, thanks for looking at our pictures.