Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday in Halifax

Today we went into Halifax for a day of sightseeing. I visited the Farmer's Market for lunch and then went to the Maritime Museum. They had a Titanic exhibit of course, since it is the 100anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and they also had an exhibit on the Halifax Explosion of Dec 1917 that did extensive damage to the town. The museum had one of the few remaining original Titanic deckchairs (see above). The crew of the Titanic threw the deckchairs overboard in the hopes that they would float and help people survive in the chilly Atlantic. I sat in a replica.
The Maritime Museum also had a parrot in a cage for visitors to enjoy. Parrots are always associated with pirates, although there are not any historical records to that effect. Do you now why our image of a pirate captain is that of a one with an eye patch and a parrot? I'll give you a hint: it comes from a famous book by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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