Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pavia Gallery, Espresso Bar and Cafe

Doesn't that look pretty? One day last week a friend and I went out for a small hike and a visit to Pavia Gallery Esspresso Bar and Cafe . This is a place I have been wanting to visit for AGES but just never seemed to find the time. Disgraceful really because it is not very far from where I live! It is named after a small town in Northern Italy.
You can find it at the juncture of Herring Cove Road and Purcell's Cove Road. We were there on a sunny Thursday afternoon and it was quite a bustling little spot. People coming and going. That is my big black bag getting it's fifteen minutes of fame, didn't even see it in this pic!
 Mmmm, treats..
The cafe always has an exhibit up on the walls. This one was fascinating! UK artist Ian Gilson who now lives in Herring Cove, has his first show in Canada. Read a review about it here. Photographer Alison Sanford also has some pictures on display in a little gallery at the back of the cafe.
Each of the wee boxes holds a tiny skeleton diorama. So curious and intriguing to look at.

Say Hi to Christopher Webb, the owner of this friendly cafe and a great artist in his own right. He is manning the super duper coffee console. I have to say, the coffee is AMAZING. They bring it in from Florence, Italy. Mokaflor is a small family coffee roasting business and Pavia are the only distributers in Canada. SO delicious.
Add what did I have for lunch? Roasted veggie panini!
After our little interlude at Pavia, we then drove around the corner to the Herring Cove lookoff and enjoyed a lovely walk along the coast.
Again, I wonder why I don't do this more often! (no excuse)That's a house on the bottom left.

 Aah, can't you feel that salty fresh air and hear the surf?


Annemarie said...

I honestly have no idea how I could have missed this spot when I drove in that direction on Sunday. Thanks for posting - I'll definitely have to try it out.

Donna Rideout said...

I'm going to have to find that little spot. It looks like it's right down my alley. :-)

Snap said...

Some day I'm going to visit your part of the world and I'm going to visit all the marvelous places you share with us!!!

Laurita said...

This post makes me miss Nova Scotia. You had me with your first photo of the espresso art, and I was completely sold by the skeleton dioramas.

aliceinparis said...

~Annemarie, it is easy to miss, you would be concentrating on the road at that point, two roads merging. Next time:)

~Donna, you will love it!

~Snap, when you do, give me a call:)

~Laurita, it is a charming bright friendly place and the art makes it even more special!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Oh, to have a place like that in my neck of the woods! Your photo shoot makes me want to go there now! Not just for the awesome coffee and decadent homemade chocolates (yum!) but for the incredible, incredible view. Sigh... you're so lucky to live near the ocean.

leendadll said...

Well, I think you set the agenda for the first day of any visit I make to your area!

Ian Gilson said...

It's very nice of you mention my skeleton boxes, I call them Penny Dreadfuls..


I have other, different work at the Secord Gallery on Quinpool..

I really like your Purple Bouquet piece, shades of Yellow Submarine, it's great..

This is my site..