Monday, January 4, 2010

Pictures from the Rock

As you know from my last (brief) post, D and I went to St. John's, Newfoundland for New Year's! I have wanted to travel throughout Canada all my life and Newfoundland specifically over the past couple of years. My interest in Newfoundland was largely sparked by Wayne Johnston's memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. You should read this book.

So here are some shots from the trip:

I think this photograph speaks for itself.

The cold and endless North Atlantic. As one man we met described it, "Next stop: Ireland." This was taken from Signal Hill.

St. John's, as seen from atop Signal Hill.

This is Cabot Tower, built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's landing in Newfoundland. This event also coincided with Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Funny and informative sign on the hill.

Wonderful, colourful homes, commonly found in the Maritime provinces. I think the colours are great and they really make the city feel more upbeat.

We actually didn't take too many pictures. Most of the shots are from Signal Hill, which was definitely one the best parts of our trip.

I have nothing even slightly negative to say about St. John's. I thought the city was very pretty, the people were incredibly nice, the food was good (and fishy!) and there is lot to see and do. The only tiny downside was the season, not to be confused with the weather. The weather was actually much better than it was in Toronto while we there. However, because of the holiday season and since living so close to the ocean makes the weather unpredictable, a lot things were closed while we there, like Cabot's Tower, The Bookery and the whale watching boats. But none of that is St. John's fault.

Next time we visit, we'll just have to make sure it's summertime.

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