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St. John’s Newfoundland

Our last Canadian port of call before departing Canada for several months was St. John’s, Newfoundland. Though I feel quite strongly that a one day stop over on a cruise ship does not constitute actually having visited a place, I was glad to at least get a glimpse of this iconic city.

As we pulled into the harbour the police were on hand to say hello.
Not a terribly spectacular view from our cabin once we tied up in the harbour, however the friendliness of the locals we dealt with easily made up for that.

As neither Karen or myself had ever been here before we had never really considered how isolated St. John’s is. Being the furthest east city in all of North America has certainly produced a very independent and self reliant group of people. The legendary hospitality was apparent even in our brief time on shore.

As we walked around the old town area it was lovely to repeatedly come across statues celebrating important aspects of their history and heritage. We were particularly pleased to come across the statues of the Newfoundland and Labrador dogs.
Having a walk down Jelly Bean Row was pleasing to the eye and fun for anyone with an interest in photography.
I laughed out loud when Karen pointed out the corresponding mailboxes a number of residents had adopted.
After walking for a few hours we were happy to come across this church where we were able to have a seat to rest our tired feet, relax and soak it all in.
I have to be honest though, I was even happier when we found the Yellow Belly Brewery and had a chance to rest and sample the local wares.
As we headed back to the ship we stopped by their Memorial to those who have fought for our country over the years. Though the park was a little run down, it was in a great location overlooking part of the harbour.
As we headed out of the harbour and the fog descended it was interesting to watch the transfer of the local pilots who guide the large ships safely in and out of the harbours, being transferred back to their small craft. I can only imagine how exciting this maneuver would be in rough seas.
A farewell to St. John’s. If nothing else it has provided us with the seed of interest to come back and explore further. Perhaps we will be fortunate enough to get a house sit in the area in some future non-winter season.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

1 comment on “St. John’s Newfoundland

  1. Love all the info. Keep it up

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