Charlottetown, PEI 夏綠鎮,愛德華王子島

因為紅髮安妮的故事,愛德華王子島大家應該都耳熟能詳,我從小就一直都很嚮往去這美麗的島上參觀! 尤其是看過1985年由 Megan Follows 主演的清秀佳人電視劇之後,瘋狂的迷戀上這部劇。Megan Follows 她在片中演活了安妮這個角色,整部片獲得極高評價和迴響。片中美麗的楓葉,恬靜的農莊,更吸引了全世界許許多多的讀者及觀眾蜂擁而來。

I’ve always wanted to visit PEI since childhood because of Anne of Green Gables. The TV movie by Megan Follows was a such a popular phenomenon that it attracted people from all over the world to visit PEI. I remember the days when I used to watch the shows with my mom and sister. We were addicted to it, and we always vowed that one day we shall visit PEI to see this amazing place!

Megan Follows as Anne Shirley

我們沒有去到綠色小屋,因為愛德華王子島之行完全是神來一筆,突然心血來潮跑來玩的,綠色小屋又位在愛德華王子島的北邊,時間上不夠讓我們跑那麼遠,所以只去了Charlottetown (夏綠鎮)。 夏綠鎮是愛德華王子島的首都。最主要的街道是 Queen Street (皇后大道),路上有各式各樣的餐廳及商家提供觀光客參觀購買 。

However, our time on the island was very limited, and we couldn’t make it to the Green Gables Site, which is on the north side of the island. We did visit the capital city, Charlottetown. It is a charming historic town, and we were able to explore the whole city by foot.

Charlottetown PEI Map 請參考 Charlottetown Activity Guide 2011

其中當然有紅髮安妮的周邊商品,我們在一家掛著安妮招牌的巧克力店裡參觀,巧克力說實在的並不怎麼樣,不過還是買了一包巧克力裹洋芋片,因為覺得非常新奇,甜甜鹹鹹的還不錯,不過當天下午巧克力就融化了,沾的滿車都是 Orz。

Since we didn’t have time to visit the actual Anne of Green Gables site, I had to make do of shopping at the Anne of Green Gables Chocolate store. This chocolate shop is obviously designed to attract tourist; the actual chocolate was not that impressive. I bought a small bag of potato chips dipped in milk chocolate thinking it’s such a novelty… what a mistake. It melted all over the car by that afternoon.

Anne of Green Gables Chochlates

到了市中心,整體上還是保留著歷史小鎮的感覺 ,可以想像當年馬車在石板路上穿梭,婦女們穿著維多利亞時代的衣服,高高的髮髻上帶著最流行的寬緣帽,紳士們拿著拐杖叩叩叩的在街上大步走著。

I can imagine the streets once were filled with horse drawn buggies; ladies in their curvy dresses with fashionable head gear and gentlemen in their suit and top hat.

Charlottetown PEI

Charlottetown PEI - Water Street

愛德華王子島的 COWS Ice Cream(牛牛冰淇淋), 號稱全加拿大最好吃的冰淇淋? 據說他們的冰淇淋有最高含量的乳脂, 所以特別的好吃, 濃濃的奶香配上綿密的口感, 是許多人來玩必嘗的點心! 對牛奶過敏的人可以叫 Sorbet, 我們點了檸檬跟草莓口味的,冰冰涼涼的很消暑。

Then we visited the famous COWS Ice Cream, voted the world’s best ice cream by people all over the world. Its ice cream contains highest butterfat in the world thus making the ice cream extremely thick and creamy. If you are allergic to dairy, they have sorbet as well! We ordered Lemon and Strawberry sorbet. Sweet!

COW's Ice Cream - PEI

冷氣很冷喔 XD

COW's Ice Cream - PEI

一對夫妻帶著兩隻狗在寧靜的港口邊休憩,啊,真嚮往退休後的生活。
A couple resting by the beautiful and quaint harbour front with their two dogs. That’s the kind of retirement I want to enjoy one day.

harbour front in Charlottetown

每個角落的是歷史建築古蹟
Exploring the historic architecture.

紅磚屋現在變身成為當地的畫廊,工藝品店

非常漂亮的教堂 St. Dunstan’s Basilica,它是一間法國哥特式大教堂,也是愛德華王子島上雕工最優美精緻的羅馬天主教大教堂,尖尖的高塔聳入雲端,彩色的玻璃透出明亮的光芒,娟麗高挑的柱子,像是天鵝頸子般的纖細,非常的優雅,絕對值得一看。

St. Dunstan’s Basilica is a must see. It’s a Stone French Gothic Cathedral, and one of the most elaborate Roman Catholic Basilica in the Maritimes. It’s light and airy, with long slender pillars. Beautiful architecture and it’s just elegant!

在Great George Street 上有許多當年名流富商建造的房子, 在經過重新翻修後,現在是屬於獲得許多獎項的 The Great George Hotel。裡面非常漂亮,下一次去也許可以考慮住在那裏 :P

On The Great George Stree, there are many historical residential houses that once belong to the richest and the most influential people in PEI. Now most of them are the properties of the Great George Hotel. It’s an award winning boutique style hotel, and definitely our top choice if we ever have a chance to go back and visit!

色彩繽紛的房子

Part of the Great George Hotel 色彩繽紛的房子

Perkins House 是鞋匠 Hugh Perkins 在 1843 年建造的 (Perkins House was built by shoemaker Hugh Perkins in 1843)

Gillis House 是有錢富商 P.P. Gillis 在1892 年建造的 (Gillis House was built by business man P.P. Gillis in 1892)

接下來要趕去做渡輪啦! And now off to Wood Islands to take the Ferry!