Monday, June 9, 2014

#DoorsOpenHFX

This weekend was filled with good food, fantastic sunshine, and lots of open doors! This was my first Doors Open Halifax and boy am I ever glad I checked it out!

There were so many amazing spots I wanted to check out that I even created my own Pinterest Board of places I wanted to go but alas, I got too wound up in the excitement of such a beautiful weekend that I only got to visit five. Lame. I know.

Saturday included the University of King's College - I love old architecture and I love universities so naturally this was the first on my hit list. There's so much history and learning behind these walls, and since we got there when there were only a few people around, we were able to have a personal tour of the Chapel which was amazing! Next we moved on to check out the Theatre Lofts on Gottingen St. Only a few years ago was Gottingen a street you didn't visit alone but now, it's the perfect blend of young and old from all walks of life. These lofts were designed to look like some of the colourful houses that line the streets in the North End of the city but elevated from street level.

After some lunch at Janes on the Common (nom nom), we trekked down to the famous Halifax Club. Elegant is really the only word I have to describe it. This member club has lots of history, tunnels, and ghost stories and if I had have felt a bit better (despite the great weekend, I was feeling a bit ill), I definitely would have stopped one of the staff to share one of their many amazing stories! Moving on, we stopped at the original Bank of Nova Scotia (which reminded me of Gringotts Bank from Harry Potter) and we went from for the evening.

Sunday was made for brunch with friends at Coastal Cafe (first time ever and it was freakin' amazing!), tea at David's Tea, and then a visit to the Nova Scotia Courthouse on Spring Garden for what turned out to be our last stop for Doors Open. I studied Pre-Law in school and am very interested in the system so this has to have been my favourite venue. The staff were so informative and the tour was well attended. We were able to visit three of the court rooms and even check out the holding cells which I may never have another chance to do again (I hope at least!).

Because Sunday was such a beautiful day, and I was still feeling a bit ill, we decided to forgo the remaining venues I wanted to check out including Environment Canada, Metro Transit Facility, Neptune Theatre, and so much more. Kudos to the organizers, volunteers, venues and all of those involved to make this weekend happen! I'll be counting down the days until next year's Doors Open Halifax weekend.