Coming in as a family is cheaper than paying individually and your entrance fee is a two day pass. The village is quaint, clean, and even with two or three packed buses of children on a field trip - it did not feel crowded. The streets were full of Maud's character's, including Anne herself. Nini got to met Diane and Anne right off and Cici got over her shyness quickly!
This school is the actual school where Lucy Maud Montgomery taught. Cici found her haven quickly when she discovered these crayons she could use to do what she loves to best -art!
We all got in the spirit of Anne by braiding our hair. Mine lasted a couple of hours before it was time to just put it up with a clip.
The performers were wonderful! Music on Prince Edward Island they explained has influences from Scotland, Ireland, and french-Canadian. Mike Pendergast was wonderful leading the performances and playing the accordion, guitar, and keyboard. He definitely made the accordion look cool and easy -I am even thinking of getting out the accordion my mom gave me year ago. I'm not sure how she acquired it, just that I own it now and have never played it. Leon Gallant was wonderful on the fiddle, harmonica, and guitar - he was really fun to watch!
The song that is in this video Pendergast played in the afternoon performance, it's called Chevaliers de la table Ronde, and it introduced us to the french-Canadian influence on the Island. I added the link to the song for anyone who can read french. Basically it's about drinking and women - the men yelling "Oui" for to drinking and women and the women yelling "No"! Craig and the other men in the room were asked to come up on stage. That would be me with the loud "no, no, no"! The end of the song says Sur ma tombe, je veux qu'on inscrive«Ici gît le roi des buveurs»Ici gît, oui, oui, oui etc. and can be roughly translated as "on my grave, I want someone to inscribe 'Here lies the king of drinkers'" Such a fun time!
Around 3:00 p.m they headed for some fun games with the children, they did this egg relay and then Nini got 2nd place in the ring toss! We were really sad to leave and really want to go back. I personally loved the music and all it's country influences - the girls just want to go back and see Anne!
After Avonlea Village was headed next door to the home that inspired her green gables. It was a lot more crowded and I only got a few photos before the heavens opened and the rain came. We took this opportunity to go eat and see if we could wait out the rain.
Prince Edward Beaches and Cliffs
The park had several places that you could easily pull off, park, and explore walks like the ones below or other beaches.
Throughout Northern Maine to PEI are these beautiful flower called Lupins. We found them in pink and a couple shades of purple.
This was taken around 9:30 p.m. It was a very long, fun, and full day. We were sad to leave Prince Edward Island and really hope to get back and see more of it next year.
Most spontaneous moment: Craig's singing debut.
Best food: Anne's Raspberry Cordial and Pizza Delight
Best View: Sunset
Best planned moment: All day
Most memorable conversation: Talking about how much we enjoyed the music at Avolea Village