(Belated) Wednesday Wish List-Prince Edward Island
Posted on August 23, 2012
“I’ll always be your Anne, Anne of Green Gables”
The television movies of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea are two of my favorite films. When I was younger I borrowed them countless times from my local library and one year in college I purchased a VHS copy of Anne of Avonlea at a drugstore. My dorm room didn’t have cable and network television during the day can be pretty bad so I would often put Anne of Avonlea into the VCR and simply have it on for background noise. I watched it so many times I was able to recite countless lines of dialogue in unison with the characters. To this day I can still hear in my head being spoken famous lines of dialogue, especially the above quote. Although they were just actors and actresses playing a role, those who played the roles of Anne, Marilla, Mrs. Rachel Lynde and Gilbert seemed destined for the characters that were created by Canadian novelist Lucy Laud Montgomery more than 75 years earlier.
When I was eight my family visited Toronto and Niagara Falls on summer vacation. While neither city is anywhere remotely near Prince Edward, Canada is Canada and so I was thrilled when I came across Anne of Green Gables souvenirs at a local mall in Niagara Falls (I went home with Anne of Green Gables stencils). Seventeen years later when I visited Niagara Falls again I was dismayed to discover that the only Anne of Green Gables memorabilia for sale in a local store was a cheap and tacky looking Anne of Green Gables doll as well as one of her bosom buddy, Diana Barry. As a child I had a lovely Anne of Green Gables doll that was dressed in the outfit she wore on the day she first arrived at Green Gables complete with a straw hat. Sadly, unlike my American Girl dolls that I cherished and as I got older, kept in pristine condition, I have no idea became of my Anne doll.
So even though this is a day late as Wednesday has long since passed, for this week’s destination wish list I would love to visit Prince Edward Island, specifically to tour Green Gables Heritage Place, the inspiration for the famous setting of one of children’s literature’s most beloved works. While I’m sure visiting Green Gables would probably only interest the female sex, i.e. young girls and grown women like myself who loved Anne of Green Gables when they were younger, Prince Edward Island still looks to be a beautiful place to visit what with its striking coastline and vast array of fresh seafood options. Although it’s incredibly far away, it’s only about a four hour drive from Halifax, a city I would like to visit and also is easily enough accessible by numerous airports on the East Coast. And so perhaps one day in the future, a visit to Green Gables, the place that besotted Anne Shirley so, will come true.
Julie is a travel and food blogger who lives in Pittsburgh. Travel is her greatest love but when she’s not traveling the world, she’s either testing out a new recipe in the kitchen or playing the part of foodie in Pittsburgh. She also recently published her first novel, The Tears of Yesteryear, a work of historical fiction set in Pittsburgh at the turn of the last century.
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