the Anne of Green Gables pilgrimage
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September 12th, 2007 – by: erinontour
Yesterday the weather was grey & blowy, but in fact it just made it feel all the more like PEI (it's never perfect weather for Anne). We headed straight to the heart of it all and visited Green Gables itself. It's a cute little house that was actually owned by LMM's cousins, and she regularly visited there and loved it and based her books on it. It's all very tastefully done with a limited visited centre, and just small signs etc around the site, and the house is full of either original or period-appropriate furniture. You can even take a stroll down what LMM called "Lovers' Lane", and also through her "Haunted Wood".
Then we headed over to the site of her grandparents' house where she grew up - the house is no longer there, but the scenery that inspired her is still impressive.
There were many many Anne sites that we chose to avoid - it certainly is a major tourist attraction here. We have, however, come at a great time as the season is basically over - there aren't many people around, and in fact a lot of places close down in the next few weeks (some already have). We decided to skip Avonlea Village - a recreated village with wagon rides and actors and various other corny things. We also bypassed the other various Anne-named theme parks and stores and attractions.
It ended up being a pretty horrible night weather-wise, so we cheated on the camping and stayed in a little cottage instead - there are cottages everywhere on the island, it seems to be the accommodation of choice.
Today we continued the Anne pilgrimage and went to the Anne of Green Gables Museum, which is another relative-owned house LMM enjoyed visiting, and based some of her other novels on (she called it "Silver Bush"). It also overlooks what she called the Lake of Shining Waters, and is where she was married, and it was full of various things she had owned etc.
The afternoon was spent in Charlottetown, wandering the streets, drinking coffee, visiting the Anne of Green Gables Store and various other spots.
It's hard to decide whether it was fabulously bad or just fabulous - either way I loved it! It was a bit corny, and the songs weren't amazing, but it was sweet and fun, and well worth watching!!
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