Sunday, July 31, 2016

On the Road - Caraquet to Baddeck

In Buctouche

Photos: July 30, 2016

It's a long drive from Caraquet to Baddeck. We made a stop in Bouctouche NB for lunch. This is still Acadian country, birthplace of Antonine Maillet, a celebrated Acadian author. Her play,  La Sagouine portrays the life of an archetypal Acadian character.

The Farmer's Market was taking place when we stopped. Here is a taste of some Acadian music we heard there.

acadmus

With the "Grand Dérangement" many Acadians were sent to Louisiana and spread the Acadian culture there.

In Baddeck Harbour

After a lengthy drive we arrived in Baddeck on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Baddeck is on the Bras D'Or Lake - a very large body of water. There are many pleasure boats docked at Baddeck. If you haven't been to Cape Breton, think about coming - this time we are really just passing through, but I have spent time here before.

Lighthouse

The sun slowly set over the Bras D'Or Lakes. A silent time.

Sailboat at Dusk

Feel like reading? I'll recommend a couple of Cape Breton authors

Alistair MacLeod - his novel No Great Mischief is great. His short stories are to be savoured.
When I was here several years ago I heard Beatrice MacNeil read from her book, Butterflies Dance in the Dark. I bought it and loved it.

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