Friday, March 26, 2021

Weekend Roundup

 Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveller

Starts with "M"  
2. A Favorite
3. MULTI chosen by Tom

Starts with "M"
We'll take a road trip this round.
Main-à-Dieu Nova Scotia

Main-à-Dieu (population 240) is a community located in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Regional Municipality. It is the most easterly community in Nova Scotia.
Its name in French means "Hand of God". Main-à-Dieu's name was likely the transcription of a Mi'kmaq word having to do with evil spirits, a reference, perhaps, to the large number of ship-wrecks in the area.
Another potential source of the area's name: "mennadou," a Gaelic-like word meaning "resolutions, intentions, and projects."
It is a fishing village, the homeport for a large lobster fishing fleet, and each spring at the start of lobster fishing season, the local parish priest holds a blessing of the fleet service dockside to pray for the safety of fishermen.

The Magnetic Hill is an example of a gravity hill, a type of optical illusion created by rising and descending terrain.
In the 19th century, a cart path was built from the city in the south onto the ridge. The path was subsequently expanded during the early 20th century and during the age of the automobile, ca. 1931, it was noticed that at one point near the base of the ridge when driving south, motorists were required to accelerate in order to prevent rolling backward (i.e., what appears to be uphill). The novelty became known as "Magnetic Hill" and was more-or-less an amusing local attraction for residents and visitors to try.

Nowadays, for a fee, you can try the road. No, we didn't bother.

Toronto ON

Déjà Brew
A catchall for leftover beer, coffee and whatever catches my fancy!

Yarmouth Nova Scotia


  1. We would sure like to get down east SOON.

  2. I have been to Magnetic Hill once.

  3. Thank you, Jackie, for the nice ride. I like your road signs, obviously this town had been predominantly French at one time. We also have blessing of the fleet services here, in Galveston and Kemah, and likely in the other fishing towns along the Gulf of Mexico. The Midtown Motel looks cozy. It reminds me of the B&B we stayed at in Key West.

  4. I love old cemeteries! I wonder how old that light up sign is

  5. ...Main-à-Dieu is an interesting name. I visited Nova Scotia's Cape Breton about 60 years ago, it's about time for a revisit.
    ...On the same trip I visit Magnetic Hill, I remember it well.
    ...St. Anthony's covers all of the bases!
    ...the Mid-Town Motel is neat.
    Thanks for stopping by Jackie.

  6. I bet there more then one Catholic Chruch in Toronto.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  7. We certainly have many houses of worship in Toronto!!!!


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