Day37-41 Twillingate, Newfoundland   Leave a comment

On our way to Twillingate, we stopped in Gander to visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum. Over 1,000 aircraft pass over Gander’s airspace “daily.” That’s almost one every minute.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Canadian and US airspace was shut down immediately after the terrorist attacks. Over 200 flights were redirected to alternate airports in Canada, with 42 of those flights rerouted to the Gander Airport. Suddenly Gander, with a population of less than 10,000 almost doubles with 6,700 passengers and crew members descending upon them. Many of them had no idea where they were, what was going on, or how long they would be there.

The townspeople rolled out their welcome mats and opened their doors and heart to the people known as “the plane people.”

When World War II broke out, it brought commercial transatlantic air travel to a halt. But for Gander, it was full speed ahead. Gander remained unreachable by road, but was an aerial oasis in the heard of Newfoundland wilderness. Thousands of Newfoundlanders found work in Gander at that time.

At the end of the war, commercial aviation brought the World to Gander. More people started to fly and every plane that crossed the Atlantic, stopped in Gander to refuel, making Gander the busiest airport in the world. The Who’s Who of the world passed thru Gander. Can you guess who?

On to Twillingate, the Iceberg Capital of the World. I love Twillingate! It is an historic, rugged, picturesque town and the people are so friendly. The fog can come and go and any time. Sometimes a few times in one day! BUT we FINALLY found some sunshine.

The weather was so nice we FINALLY were able to sit outside and have a social. Little did we know that “Hot Lips” would be passed along.

So Pat and Terry led the group in 99 bottles of beer on the wall while playing the ugly stick. Then she recited a poem that she wrote:

This lady’s great,

This lady’s grand,

She’s got the best

Hairstyle in the land.

She’s easy going and rolls with the punches,

But she misses her grandchildren loads and bunches.

We’ve added a phone at no extra charge.

Please call those dear little ones, thought the bill may be large.

Her heard is good,

Her heart is kind.

A finer lady we could not find.

Hot lips is happy to call #17 her home.

Until the next kind heart compels her to roam.

Soon you’ll be home

Squeezing those small little cheeks

Until that time, entertain Denny between the sheets.

This was my favorite house.

When we came into town, we passed the Prime Berth Fishing Heritage Centre and it was hard not to stop because it was interesting, but we knew it was part of our tour. Once there, we were given such a history lesson on Newfoundland and its fishing. Then the captain took us to one of the buildings and showed us how they prepared the cod for salting. A REAL COD.

Below is a photo of the delicacy part of the cod, TONGUE N CHEEK.

His partner, Bill, gave us an overview of the life in the area and how things have changed over the years. He also serenaded us. It’s amazing how the ugly stick can produce some foot stompin music IF you know how.

The Durrell Museum had a very good whale film.

The Twillingate Longpoint Lighthouse has a great viewing platform

where we were hoping to see icebergs in the iceberg capital of the world…. no such luck.

We saw the Twillingate Dinner Theatre show for some newfie humor and music.

The next day was a free day. Bill and I went to our favorite “lobster pool” where we bought a 7 lb., YES THAT’S RIGHT – 7 POUNDS! Check out the claws bottom right!

We had to borrow a pot because he certainly did not fit in my spaghetti pot.

While driving around, we found a very unique house (it’s for sale if you are interested).

Our last evening was spent at the “Split Peas” show, a local Newfie group. They were so entertaining with their singing, jokes, and getting the crowd involved. They sure got the crowd clappin and a stompin.

I loved to mummers. What a wonderful way to end our stay here in Twillingate.


Posted July 28, 2015 by carolnbill in Travel

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