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The East Coast is the Best Coast Part I

Amy Dixon

Although I've lived in Alberta for the past eight years, I grew up on the east coast of Canada. When we were concocting our European travel plans, Jeremy suggested we do a stop-over in Nova Scotia before heading to Scotland. Every once in awhile, Jeremy has a great idea. :) This was one of them! I used to go home once a year, typically in the summer. Since my grandparents passed away three years ago, I haven't been back. It was time.

We divided our east coast adventure into three weeks - 1) Cheticamp (my hometown) 2) Baddeck 3) Liverpool. Jeremy had never been east of Ottawa, so I felt some pressure to show him all of the absolute best parts of my home province. Writing about our entire adventure in one post is too overwhelming, so this will be part I of II, or III - we'll see how it goes :)

Cheticamp is a small Acadian village on the west coast of Cape Breton Island. It's super quaint, super french and where I spent the first 18 years of my life. My best friend, Marcelle, joined us for the week and I had the best time playing the role of tourist guide and showing off all of my fave spots on the island. When you've lived somewhere your entire life, its easy to overlook the little things that make it so special. After being away for so long, I felt like I was experiencing Cape Breton for the first time, and that made it all the more inspiring. My collection of paintings inspired by my time in Nova Scotia will be released early October. I can't wait to show you the pieces I've been working on!

P.S. We stayed in the cutest airbnb, overlooking the harbour - The Seaside Shack while we were in Cheticamp. If you're planning a trip to the east coast, you need to check this place out! I can't recommend it enough. 

Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Plage St. Pierre, Cheticamp

Plage St. Pierre, Cheticamp

My fave, Marcelle, kayaking into the sunset in Cheticamp harbour (view from our airbnb!)

My fave, Marcelle, kayaking into the sunset in Cheticamp harbour (view from our airbnb!)

Egypt Falls, Scotsville

Egypt Falls, Scotsville

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Point Hill, White Point - my favourite spot in the world.

Point Hill, White Point - my favourite spot in the world.

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Jeremy and a  Mi-careme , Cheticamp

Jeremy and a Mi-careme, Cheticamp

Adventures Ahead

Amy Dixon

If you follow me on social media, you've probably seen that I'm in the midst of making some big changes! For the next year, my partner Jeremy and I will be travelling around Europe. It's been a dream for a long time, but I'm honestly not sure either one of of actually thought it would happen. But it is! Ahhhh. 

What this means

  • I'll now be painting full time. I quit my day job to immerse myself completely in this new adventure (scary, but super exciting).
  • You can expect lots of new work over the next year! New countries, new people, new routines... I have no doubt this year is going to have a profound impact on my art practice. 
  • I'll be selling pieces over the course of the year through my website. I'll also still be accepting commissions starting in October when I'm settled into my new home.

The Plan

We have quite the itinerary planned for the next 12 months. We're starting out it Nova Scotia (where I'm originally from) for 3 weeks. Jeremy has never been to the east coast, and I can't wait for him to experience the maritimes. Near the end of September, we're heading to Scotland for just over 2 months, and then to France for 3 months. The plans after France are a little more tentative, but as of right now we're considering spending a few months near the Baltic (Croatia/Montenegro) and then exploring further east. 

Stay tuned!