Continuing with the lobster fest
Trip Start Jul 27, 2012
12Trip End Aug 18, 2012
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PEI is a very green lush island known for growing 80 different kinds of potatoes. Locals are sometimes called spud islanders. This is Scottish country, no more French spoken, but it is still a national policy for all govt signs to be in the 2 languages. This is the place that prince william and kate honeymooned.
Pay attention now, bit of history coming:
The name Acadia was originally Arcadia which was named by an early explorer who thought it looked like the Arcadia region in Greece. Over the years, the R has dropped off. The big Scottish emigration took place in the mid 1700s after the Scottish forces in Scotland were wiped out by the British at the Battle of Culloden. The British imposed such severe penalties on them, even for wearing a kilt and outlawed the bagpipe so many left Scotland for New Scotland or Nova Scotia. Many towns are named after Scottish cities, Glasgow, etc.
Back to yesterday and Fort Louis-something- bob wrote about it but I cannot remember the full name. It was built by the French in the 1700s to protect the bay but their engineers were not exactly the brightest bulb as they say so they built in on a very low area and had all of the cannon permanently pointing out to sea because they assumed that was the only way the enemy could approach them, the enemy being the british.
Fast forward about 15 years to when, a British officer was captured by the French and taken back to the Fort as a prisoner. This is the funny part and shows how the rules of war have changed - in those days, it was considered improper to imprison an officer, even an enemy,so they just bunked him down with the French officers and gave him the run of the Fort. Naturally, he strolled about and saw the inadequate defenses. Several months later, he was traded in a prisoner exchange and went back to his British unit.Again a funny item,before able bodied prisoners could be exchanged, they had to sign a pledge that they would not fight against them for at least one year(yeah right!). Well, the British officer went back to his commander and the British army subsequently landed about 3 miles down the beach out of cannon range and took over the fort without any fuss. This actually happened 2 times over the next 2 years.
The Newfoundlanders are apparently the butt of many jokes in this area and we were treated to a number of them in the bus: Here are the best ones - feel free to replace Newfoundlanders with your favorite group to insult. Newfoundlanders are called "newfis" for short.
1. Did you hear about the newfi who wanted to go to Toronto. He came to a fork in the road and there was a big sign that said "Toronto Left" so he went home!
2. Now many newfis does it take to ice fish? Ten, one to cut the ice and 9 to push the boat through the hole.
3. My favorite: Did you hear about the newfi man who went ice fishing and caught 10 pounds of ice but when he brought it home, his wife almost drowned trying to cook it !!!! (drumroll please!)
More later, there is only one computer in the lobby of the small hotel here and everyone wants to use it so have to go now.