How we love stepping off the plane in St John’s, Newfoundland! We just happened to land on the Summer Solstice – which is the official beginning of Summer in Canada. And always a delight to be welcomed back into our Atlantic Maritime family.
Newfoundland’s capital city is about to get their first roundabout… in the suburb of Paradise. This is the most eastern province of “Canadia”, dangling in the North Atlantic Ocean, that loves to give its towns and villages sentimental names such as Heart’s Desire, Heart’s Ease, Heart’s Delight, Cupids and… Dildo. Anyway, the roundabout is the cause of great controversy as the local drivers are unsure if they will know what to do as some of them find it hard to stop, even when the lights are red.
Roxanne’s sons, Stephen and Ian have grown into young men and give us the biggest, warmest hugs. We had our traditional big meal out at all you can eat City Lights Restaurant.
Next day: Iceberg hunting with Roxanne and Sandy and we were rewarded with two at the harbour’s entrance, one large one grounded and slowly melting just before The Narrows in St John’s harbour AND a breaching humpback whale . The general consensus is that it may have been celebrating the presence of the millions of caplin about to beach themselves all along the northern shoreline of this island of rock.
Last day in St John’s was spent trawling the shops (or “thwacking” around as Sandy, our shopping guide extraordinaire, would say) getting all our supplies for the trip ‘up island’. And a catch up evening spent with Sharon and Elsa in their lovely St Phillips-Portugal Cove home filling us in with news of Gaultois where we are headed next. (they were with us when Fran broke her leg last year and we were so grateful for their presence). And now our Maritime Summer adventure begins…