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.