Playing Tourist

We handed the B&B over to “The B Team” this weekend (my parents; that’s their term, not ours!) and took a little vacation of our own in Halifax.

Running a B&B means that you don’t often get to vacation in the summer like everyone else.  Our nephew was being married in the city, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to take a break and play tourist while still getting some family visiting in.

We stayed downtown at the Delta Barrington.  (We had the kids with us, so didn’t B&B; a pool seemed much more important!)  Our stay was everything we could have asked for and more.  For a 200 room hotel, it was cozy, intimate & elegant.  The staff were warm & friendly and recognized us each time we went in & out, while our rooms were clean, comfortable, spacious & quiet.  D’Arcy & I had planned to eat at a particular restaurant on Sunday, but as it turned out, they weren’t open – that is something you often have to watch for in Nova Scotia, some restaurants close on Sunday & Monday.  We decided to eat at the Lounge in the hotel and were delighted when the food was delicious, and our server was attentive!

It was fun for D’Arcy & me to be able to visit with our family this weekend without feeling like we had to rush home.  D’Arcy is the 7th of nine children, so it takes awhile to visit with everyone!!  The wedding was beautiful and so much fun!  We ended up staying until the dance was over at 1:00 (something we rarely ever do anymore) and we had a blast!

D'Arcy's brother's family

D'Arcy's brother's family

The Bridal Party at Flemming Park in Halifax

The Bridal Party at Flemming Park in Halifax

D'Arcy with his mom & brother, Kevin, at the reception

D'Arcy with his mom & brother, Kevin, at the reception

D'Arcy's sister-in-law's band played at the dance.  As you can see, everyone was having a great time!

D'Arcy's sister-in-law's band played at the dance. As you can see, everyone was having a great time!

At midnight, the bride joined the band on stage to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Best Man!

At midnight, the bride joined the band on stage to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Best Man!

We got up early on Sunday and ran the 5k Nova Scotia Lung Run, raising money to send kids with asthma to summer camp.  D’Arcy’s sister was also participating, so we had a great visit with her.  Later, we met up with our nephew, his wife & our great nephew for a trip to the Discovery Centre, then some time along the waterfront to watch some acts participating in the Busker Festival.

Some of the runners, including D'Arcy's sister Erin.  She finished the 5k in just over 21 minutes, then ran back to finish with us!

Some of the runners, including D'Arcy's sister Erin. She finished the 5k in just over 21 minutes, then ran back to finish with us!

Approaching the finish...

Approaching the finish...

The "McRunners" raised $55.60 for the NS Lung Association by selling lemonade

The "McRunners" raised $55.60 by selling lemonade

D'Arcy with our nieces, Alex & great-nephew Phinn!

D'Arcy with our nieces, Alex & great-nephew Phinn!

One of the Buskers

One of the Buskers

Some of the crowd at the Halifax Waterfront during the Busker Festival

Some of the crowd at the Halifax Waterfront during the Busker Festival

Unfortunately, the weekend went all too quickly and we were back home on Monday in time to help with the cleanup and say goodbye to two of the couples who had stayed here for the weekend.

It was nice to be waited on for the weekend, but I can’t say that we came home refreshed…

http://www.buskers.ca/

http://www.discoverycentre.ns.ca/

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