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On the Road will continue, but it will be forever Alain’s.
Good morning, all, I hope this finds you well in this new year.
Today we’re off to Newfoundland, wahoo!
I spent two weeks traveling around Newfoundland in August. It wasn’t a place I’d ever planned to visit, but I wasn’t up to the Arctic trip I originally had planned, and stumbled across this Road Scholar tour when I was looking around for something less strenuous and closer to home. It turned out to be a wonderful trip, not remotely a consolation prize, to a quirky, rugged and beautiful island, and I would love to go back.
Quidi Vidi (pronounced Kitty Viddy, or occasionally, Kwydah Vyda) is an old fishing village now part of St. John’s. The greenish building in the back is the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, creator of much of the beer for sale on the island.
St. John’s is famous for the bright paint used on the buildings downtown (they’re known as the Jellybean Houses.) You see some of this all over Newfoundland, but with a more limited palette.
The city of St. John’s seen from Signal Hill, which overlooks the Narrows, the entrance to St. John’s harbor.
Marconi sent the first transatlantic wireless transmission from Signal Hill — the easternmost point of North American, Cape Spear, lies just outside St. John’s, so “transatlantic” is a lot shorter from St. John’s than say, New York. For the same reason, Amelia Earhart’s 1932 flight across the Atlantic also left from here. It was also the site of the last battle of the French and Indian War (or for non-Americans, the Seven Years War) in 1762.
A sample of the magnificent rocky coast, near Elliston.
And they have puffins! I can’t compete with Albatrossity where bird pictures are concerned, but considering I was bouncing around in rough seas balancing the camera in one hand and keeping a death grip on the railing with the other, not bad.
More birds from Witless Bay. These are kittiwakes, an adult (on the left) and a juvenile.
The view from Terra Nova National Park, less rocky than most of the east coast of the island.