31 Days of Travel {3}: Prince Edward Island

When I was 17, our family drove north (from New York), up through Maine, to Prince Edward Island. I have always loved the Anne of Green Gables books, and this trip was very special. 

We stayed on the north shore, in Cavendish, where the Anne and Lucy Maud Montgomery sites are located. We camped near the shore, although even in July the water was too cold for much swimming! Somewhere during the trip, I heard the island described as a place like jewels, emeralds, sapphires, rubies. And it is. Brilliant green hills, deep red sand ringing the shore, blue water glistening all around. On Prince Edwsrd Island, you’re never far from the sea. 

I remember visiting Green Gables and the Avonlea village recreation, where the books are recreated. We also visited the Lucy Maud Montgomery home. And in Charlottesville, we saw the Anne musical. I still have the soundtrack I bought then, and it was great fun. 

This trip I also experienced the biggest accident in all my travels. While running down a sandbank I tripped and twisted my ankle. So, the rest of the trip I hobbled around with crutches! 

But my enduring memory of Prince Edward Island is the beauty. The hills, the sea, the little farms and villages, unmarried by huge sprawling cities. A brilliant blue sky and dull red cliffs, that’s what has stayed with me. I understood why Anne and Montgomery loved this place. One day, I hope to return. 

2 thoughts on “31 Days of Travel {3}: Prince Edward Island

  1. I can’t imagine how dreamy it must of been. I know I thought a lot about what it would be like to be Anne when i was growing up and reading the books, even know I think about it. I especially loved the Avonlea tv show and VHS tales of when she was older and teacher and they put a frog in the drawer. I’m sure it all seemed much more real when you were there.

    The first time my SIL stayed at my house she saw the ANne of Avinlea video taped I had and didn’t know what they were. I was flabbergasted and then disappointed we didn’t have time to watch them. I really hope she is able to watch the new one on PBS this thanksgiving to exper once some of it!!

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