Now that summer’s over, it’s time to look ahead to fall. Early darkness, Halloween, Christmas festivities, hot chocolate, crisp cool air…
It’s also time to find out if I achieved all of my summer goals. I wrote a list of 19 goals back in May after a trip to the Nova Scotia Visitor’s Information Centre to grab brochures, pamphlets, and tourism magazines.
Let’s see what I did:
1. Try Julien’s Patisserie (5517 Young Street, Hydrostone Market)
One delicious checkmark at an unhealthy brunch with my mother and aunt, Laura (pictured is the Paris-Brest pastry).
2. Try Bistro Le Coq (1584 Argyle Street)
Another delicious, Parisian check. I tried the croque-monsieur and frites. I’m planning to have birthday brunch here (hurry up, November!)
3. Read a book on a sunny afternoon at Citadel Hill or on the Commons
Check for both the Commons and Citadel Hill. I read The Night Circus on a sunny afternoon at the Commons, enjoying peanut butter cookies and Italian soda from Second Cup.
4. Go to the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday Morning (Brewery Market)
As soon as I discovered Le French Fixe Patisserie was opening a store, I did some research and found that they had a stall at the Brewery Market on Saturday mornings. What followed was the most delicious macarons I’ve ever had, and a mouthwatering cinnamon bun from The German Bakery and Garden Cafe.
5. Walk along Quinpool Road with my camera
6. Go to the Costume Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History
7. Go to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
8. Go to the Summer of Johnny film festival
Not only did I go, I volunteered.
9. Go to the Canada Day festivities
When I wrote this list, I planned to be in Halifax for Canada Day. However, I won’t argue about who I ended up spending Canada Day with instead.
10. Go to the Buskers Festival
For whatever reasons, in the six years I’ve been in Halifax, this is the first time I’ve seen the Buskers. I loved all the performances, but the human statues were pretty awesome, too.
11. Go to the World Peace Pavilion
This gem is over in the Darmouth Ferry Park, and houses rocks and other pieces from various countries. Pictured is a piece of the Great Wall of China. I definitely recommend going to see this.
12. Go to Dee Dee’s Ice Cream
Considering Dee Dee’s is the best ice cream in Halifax, I couldn’t skip ice cream dates. I tried a bunch of different flavours, but I think shaker lemon is my favourite.
13. Ride on the ferry and take pictures
The Halifax cityscape is beautiful, and the water (with the smell of salt water wafting) adds to it.
14. Go to the Tall Ships festival
Crowded, but wonderful.
1. Go to the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame
2. Go to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (no exhibits tickled my fancy)
3. Go to a performance of Shakespeare by the Sea
4. Walk through Point Pleasant Park
5. Go to Cow’s Ice Cream