Day 32-33 St. John’s, Newfoundland   Leave a comment

We had a grand tour by bus of St. John’s, Newfoundland, with a tour guide who is a “Newfie.” She was of Irish decent with a very thick accent and told us of many customs and gave us some insight on “Newfie talk.”

As we drove through the city, we were in awe of the beautifully decorated row houses.

Many of them with unique painted mailboxes.

The houses below were built in the 1800s and known as the four sister’s because they were built by a man and he gave each of his daughters a house.

We visited Signal Hill (just 365 miles to where the Titanic sunk; 2,320 miles to London; 2,044 miles to Dublin; and 2,473 miles to Paris) first thing hoping to hit it before the fog came rolling in, but we were too late. So one of our guests bought a Newfie hat at the gift shop.

But on our free day, Bill and I drove back to Signal Hill. The Cabot Tower’s cornerstone was laid on June 23, 1897 to mark the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s N. American Landfall and the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. The building was completed in 1900.

Our guide told us that MANY years ago, if you were found guilty of something bad, you would be put on this hill to show the town they mean business and put in a barrel and rolled down the hill into the bottomless pond. And it was said you went to hell.

We were able to get some beautiful photos of St. John’s. Below right was the U.S. base during World War II.

And we also were able to see the International Tattoo

We stopped in the town of Quidi Vidi.

The Quidi Vidi Brewery just opened their doors for the day. We were so surprised to have the owner invite our group in for an unofficial tour and a quick taste of two of their beers. They’re famous for their Iceberg beer, but they were out of that. The owner toasted us with some of their famous cranberry cooler.

We dined at Portobello’s for a luxurious lunch. We had a magnificent view of the harbor and off in a distance was a beautiful lighthouse.

We toured the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. In front of the altar is a sculpture which is one of three in the world.

To the side are imported statues of Lady Fatima and the three children she appeared to.

Its museum

And the convent. Where the nun demonstrated an old type phonograph which was built in the 1800s and the sound was unbelieveable. The sound is produced by a metal disc with holes in it and the wooden box manifies the sound.

The convent contained a beautiful sculpture of the Virgin Mary entitled “The Veiled Virgin” by Giovanni Strazza. The marble statue was imported from Rome on Dec. 4, 1856.

We finished our tour at Cape Spear Lighthouse, the most eastern point of North America. In the photo below. I was more east than Bill.

The lighthouse has been restored to its original appearance and refurnished to reflect a lightkeeper’s residence of 1839. It is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland.


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