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Lucy Maud Montgomery is owed a debt of gratitude for helping the world discover a small corner on the north shore of a small island on the east coast of Canada.  Maud, as her friends called her, wrote the famous Anne of Green Gables collection in the early 1900s set in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

Julie and I, working our way through the “Anne” series of eight novels, were excited to visit firsthand the surroundings we had become familiar with. This land of lighthouses, gently rolling hills, meadows and streams, and quaint fishing villages speaks to the romantic in one’s soul.

We toured Green Gables, Anne’s home after she was taken in and adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.  It all seemed so real to us that we forgot Anne is a fictional character.  Avonlea, a nearby fictional village in Maud’s novels was actually built into a tourist attraction in 1999.  The chocolate shop in Avonlea (image below) is popular with “Anne” enthusiasts.

Those planning a trip to PEI are encouraged to take a couple of days to enjoy the Cavendish countryside.  But be careful, you will be taking the risk of becoming one of Anne of Green Gables millions of fans.

untitled-400Julie looking down on a stream at Green Gables

untitled-410“Anne” sweets shop in Avonlea, PEI

untitled-407Life size statue of Anne of Green Gables in Avonlea, PEI

untitled-440Beautiful Cavendish, Prince Edward Island