Day 8 – Alexander Graham Bell and Marconi

Q: What do Alexander Graham Bell and Guglielmo Marconi have in common (for you history buffs)?

A:  Both were pioneers in communications and changed the world.  Bell invented the telephone and Marconi developed the technology that enabled him to send the first wireless message across the Atlantic.

Our travels today were changed due to the bad weather on Cape Breton Island.  Forecast was for 100% chance of rain along with high winds.  We had planned on taking the scenic highlight of our trip to Nova Scotia – Cabots Trail.  But the next days forecast is for 0% chance of rain 100% sunshine.

Todays route took us to Baddeck, NS where the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is, then onto our destination at Vespers by the Sea B&B in Glacé Bay, NS.  Within 1/2 mile of our destination is the Marconi National Historic Site.  Both were good indoor, out of the rain, places to see.

We started our day in the rain. The is our tay last night, the Gagnon House B&B.  Our hosts were Judy and Darryl Kawaja, what a great couple.  Judy made a delicious breakfast for us before we started our ride.  Here is Deb, ready for rain.

About an hour or so north east of Port Hawkesbury is the small town of Baddeck overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes, a saltwater inland sea.  This is where the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Museum is located.  It is also where Bell had his estate Beinn Breagh.

View of Bras d’Or Lake from Beddeck on this stormy morning.

Bell not only invented the telephone but also we a pioneer in early flight. He made the first aircraft flight in Canada, in the Silver Dart shown below.  He also invented the aileron.

He invented the Hydrofoil boat, shown below.

Here is Deb taking advantage of the wifi in the museums cafe.

Another highlight of the day was being able to visit the Marconi National Historical Site, where in 1901 the first transatlantic wireless message was sent.  BTW, my grandfather studied radio at the Radio School of Marconi in England during World War One.

Here are some photos of our accommodations in Glacé Bay, Vespers by the Sea B&B.  This grand place used to be a convent and is located right on the ocean.

A view out the back.

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6 thoughts on “Day 8 – Alexander Graham Bell and Marconi

  1. Mary

    That Inn looks so east coast! Next time you stop at McDonalds (And don’t even act like it’s not going to be today DAD), you should take a pic of the McLobster. Sounds deeeeesgusting! But I want to see it 🙂

    Also, one more thing……….. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MOM! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOOOOOOUUUUUU!!! Hope it’s the best one yet and you have a completely memorable day!! Love you sooo much!!

  2. christen

    Mary, Dad has already taken a pic of the Mclobster. You really think it would have taken them this long : )

    Happy birthday Mom. Lucky you gets to spend it in NS. How cool.

  3. pete

    happy birthday mom!!!!!

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