Daily Archives: October 19, 2009

Get off the Cabot Trail and get on the Fleur-de-lis Trail in Cape Breton

I think the Cabot Trail is beautiful. I understand why people head there and take it in.

There are other parts of Cape Breton to see and drive, and if you like driving, I recommend the Fleur-de-lis Trail. Whenever I am driving from Halifax to Glace Bay, Cape Breton, I make sure I get off the Transcanada Highway and go along that “old highway” instead. The scenery is gorgeous, and the road is fun to drive. You know all those car commercials on TV where people are driving on highways and you think, “yeah, sure, there’s no place like that for real people to drive along”. Well, if you go along the Fleur-de-lis Trail, you can.

(Bonus, it used to be mostly a 2 lane highway, but now it is more and and more a 3 lane highway, meaning you never get stuck for long behind slow drivers if you want to drive faster. Though with all that scenery, why drive too fast?)

(This wonderful autumn photo of Cape Breton is from paellaking’s photostream on flickr. Seriously, this is the way most of the trail is, when you aren’t driving by fantastic lakes).

(Chinese) invisible cities

Have you ever heard of Zibo? I haven’t. Yet, as James Fallows points out, it is bigger than Chicago or Milan. It’s not the only one. Fallows states there are many cities like that in China. Have you heard of Ningbo? As the site Moving Cities points out, “Ningbo, once China’s largest trading port, now sits poised for its resurgence as a business and cultural mecca. In the coming years, Ningbo will connect to Shanghai via a modern expressway and high-speed rail link.” You can bet from there it will again be a major city. If anything, many of these cities (besides Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong) will be move from being invisible to most of the world to prominent.