Southampton, England to Montreal
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Standing on a triangular peninsula formed at the place where the rivers Itchen and Test flow into an eight-mile inlet from the Solent, Southampton has figured in numerous stirring events and for centuries has been of strategic maritime importance. It was from here that the Pilgrim Fathers departed for America in the tiny Mayflower in 1620 and many great ocean liners, such as the Queen Mary and the Titanic have followed since. The image of the thousand-year-old city was greatly blemished by the bombing during World War II and postwar planning caused changes almost beyond recognition.
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
Falmouth is located on the colorful Cornish coastline in England's southwest corner and is best known for its romantic past of pirates and smugglers. The town boasts a superb natural deepwater harbor - the third largest in the world – and is a bustling commercial port which is strongly influenced by its maritime history. There is a wide range of amenities for the visitor including maritime attractions, beautiful sheltered beaches, quality restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops.
Falmouth's linear sequence of main streets runs one block behind a matching sequence of waterfront quays and piers that border the great sweep of the estuary. Narrow alleyways link the bustling world of shops, cafes and fine restaurants with the equally busy waterfront, where small craft of all kinds come and go.
Falmouth features a fine series of sheltered, sun trap beaches along the southern shores of Pendennis Point. The Gyllyngdune ornamental gardens and the popular Princess Pavilion Theatre are both well worth a visit.
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Nestled in the southeast corner of Ireland, County Waterford combines low farmland and sandy coastlines with the more rugged landscape typical of County Cork. The town itself is an ancient Viking settlement whose roots go back to the 8th century when a group of Vikings settled at a riverside location they named Vadrafjord. The deep inlet provided a convenient waterway for their sturdy longships, encouraging the building of an independent fortified city, which in time became a booming trading post.
In 1170, an Irish Viking army sallied forth to defend its town against the invading Anglo-Normans but was roundly defeated. Henry II of England visited Vadrafjord in 1171 and declared it a royal city, which it remained for almost 500 years.
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Today, Corkmen are a lively collection of tradespeople, educators, artists and artisans. The city's people worship at two central cathedrals, one for the Catholic parishioners, the other for the Protestant citizens. They're cordial hosts and eager to point out the city's main points of interest which include St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, St. Anne's Shandon Steeple, the classical-style Court House, and the Mardyk where, if fortunate, you might catch batsmen and bowlers in a hotly-contested cricket match. An afternoon shower might force the teams into a crowded pub where an enthusiastic contestant might attempt to explain the game's complicated rules. Allow plenty of time!
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St John's, Newfoundland, Canada
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St. Pierre (miquelon)
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Sydney is located on Cape Breton Island on the east side of the Sydney River. It was founded in 1783 by colonists from New York and New Hampshire who were loyal to the British crown. The area also attracted a large number of Scottish settlers in the early-1800s. With the opening of the coal mines and a steel plant at the turn of the 20th century, a large number of Eastern European immigrants arrived. Today, Sydney enjoys a varied ethnic population.
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Charlottetown, the charming capital city of Canada’s smallest province, is also known as the ‘Birthplace of Canada’. In 1864, 23 delegates gathered in Charlottetown and participated in a conference dedicated to the establishment of a new nation, resulting in the 1867 founding of the Dominion of Canada. In the heart of Charlottetown, you can visit such sights as the Province House National Historic Site and Founders’ Hall to learn more about this important event in Canadian history.
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Situated at the very tip of the Gaspé Peninsula at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, Gaspé offers a splendid variety of coastal landscapes and natural vistas. Here the coastline marks a major indentation creating the beautiful Bay of Gaspé, which comes inland for some 21 miles. This bay was long inhabited by the Indians of the sea, the Micmacs. In 1534 the French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived and, in the name of the king of France, he officially took possession of this new land that was to become Canada.
During the next four centuries, Gaspé became the hub of the peninsula. Important fisheries of dried, salted cod exported mostly to Europe developed, and was the livelihood of nearly everyone. People from Europe and loyalists from the New England states came to settle here. Some of the latter were whale hunters who carried on their activities in these whale-rich waters during the 19th century.
The peninsula's interior is dominated by a chain of mountains and rolling highlands, which offer beautiful landscapes of forested hills, deep ravines and craggy cliffs tumbling down to the coast. There are two outstanding national parks: Parc de la Gaspésie in the north of the peninsula and Forillon National Park, considered the jewel of the Gaspé. In addition to natural wonders, Gaspé also delights visitors with attractions of historic and spiritual interest, including the Jacques Cartier Monument, the Micmac Interpretation Center and the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, a church and pilgrimage center since 1940.
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Cruising Saguenay River
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For centuries, a native Iroquois village occupied the cliff-top site of what is now Quebec City. The first permanent European settlement began in 1608 when Samuel de Champlain established a fur trading post. By 1663, New France had become a royal province, administered by a council appointed directly by the crown and answerable to the king's council in France. Long-brewing European struggles between England and France spilled over into the colonies, prompting the construction of Quebec's formidable fortifications. The Seven Years War put an end to French reign and left the city in English hands. The English successfully warded off an American attack in 1775, and for the next century Quebec quietly earned its livelihood as a center for shipbuilding and timber trade.
By 1840, when it was declared the provincial capital of Lower Canada, the accessible supplies of timber had run out. The final blow came with the appearance of steamships that could travel as far as Montreal, while sailing ships found it difficult to proceed beyond Quebec City. Losing its importance as a major port, the city experienced a decline but remained a center of small industry and local government. Later years saw a tremendous rise as tourism made use of Quebec's fantastic location and appearance. Being Canada's most historic city and the only walled city in North America earned it the classification of World Heritage Treasure by UNESCO in 1985. Today, the visitor is greeted by an authentic, profoundly French city, where 95% of its half million people are French-speaking. Both parts of the city - Haute-Ville and Basse-Ville (Upper and Lower Town) - feature winding, cobbled streets flanked by 17th- and 18th-century stone houses and churches, graceful parks and squares and countless monuments. Croissants and steaming cups of coffee at sidewalk cafés conjure images and aromas of Paris.
Great emphasis has been placed on Quebec nationalism; as a result the city has become a symbol of the glory of French heritage. The motto "Je me souviens" (I remember) is inscribed above the entrance to the Parliament Building and on the license plates of Quebec cars. As you come ashore, endless pleasures await you in this marvelous city.
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The island of Montréal was first occupied by the St. Lawrence Iroquois, whose small village of Hochelaga, or ‘Place of the Beaver’, was situated at the base of Mont Royal. French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived here in 1535 while on an expedition searching for a northwest route to Asia. The soldiers of Paul de Chomedy, who had been ordered by France to ‘bring about the glory of God and the salvation of the Indians’, established the first settlement. Attempts to follow these instructions resulted in bloody conflicts with the Iroquois, until a treaty in 1701 guaranteed that the settlement was to be the main embarkation point for the fur and lumber trade.
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