We decided there was so much to do in Halifax that we wanted to devote an entire day to it, instead of just the evening we'd originally planned. That, and we had some extra time due to the Newfoundland thing. . .
After driving into town, the first place we stopped was the Citadel.
With its historic artillery,
impressive costumes (even if the actors are bored, lol),
and commanding views of the city and the harbor
After we left there, it was well past lunch time, so we headed down to the waterfront. After all, we were in Halifax, so we felt we MUST try some seafood. It was a gorgeous day, so we ate outside and then wandered down the waterfront.
One of them was a deck chair off the Titanic:
After the museums all closed around five or six, we headed back to the hotel to rest up. We were really looking forward to enjoying the Halifax nightlife we'd heard so much about!
Boy, were we ever disappointed! We got back downtown around 7:30, only to find out that most businesses closed at around eight! This includes pubs, music venues, and many of the restaurants!!! Not to mention tourist attractions, of course! Granted it was a weeknight, but GEEZ! Eight o'clock? You've got to be kidding. This was worse than PEI!
We managed to find a restaurant that was open until (gasp !) ten, and were quite lucky to do so, as we were starving by then. Afterwards, we headed back to the car, since everything else seemed closed. We took a few night shots along the way:
|(You can just see me sitting between the 1 and the 2.)|
As we got to the car, we heard faint strains of music. Interested to see what was open at this ungodly hour (of 8:30 or so) , we followed the sound to a bar that was still open! We spent a very fun and pleasant hour or two at a place called the Lower Deck. A live band (Signal Hill) was performing covers to a standing-room-only crowd. And no wonder, since it was the only place open. (Don't get me wrong, the band was really good, but I can't believe it didn't have something to do with the hour.)
At least we got some sleep, if only due to the enforced early night, as we were planning to get up at dawn the next day.