St. John’s and surroundings

jelly bean colour StjohnsIt’s been a great holiday so far and we may have saved the best for last.  St. John’s is not a big city compared to Montreal or Toronto, but it has a lovely charm to it.  First off, the harbour is itsy bitsy compared to Halifax.  And the narrow entrance to the small harbour is so well hidden that you can easily imagine it being a strategic port.

St. John’s has lovely, colourful houses, known as Jellybean Row, which line the streets in this hilly city.  We walked along Water street (harbourside) and then George Street (the party street with all the pubs) and tried to see as many of the landmarks as we could.  We got hung up at the old Masonic Temple where we got “screeched in”.  The building is now owned by the Spirit of Newfoundland theatre company.  They have done a fabulous job of restoring the building with a great bar and screech room, a dinner theatre and soon, a large theatre in the upper floor.kiss the cod1 the magic wordskiss the cod2screech rumdown the hatch2down the hatch1

A screech-in involves the following:  first you must learn the traditional words, then kiss a cod, down a tot of screech (which is really smooth dark rum, by the way) and finally have a piece of Newfie steak (bologna).  All tasks easily accomplished!!  So now, Leon and I are honorary Newfies!  We had so much fun that we decided to come back the following evening for a dinner and show.

We stopped on George Street for a before dinner drink.  Dinner was a great salad, a cod and salmon tournedo and a really tasty screech rum cake.  Yum!!! The show was 3 women performing songs from some of the most popular male artists ever.  It was called Women doing Men!  What a fantastic evening!!drinks on George St.

Of course, during the day, we had visited Cape Spear, the easternmost part of Canada and Signal Hill, where wireless communication got its start. And let’s not forget the beautiful village of Quidi Vidi (no one knows how it got its name). The local brewery, its namesake, make Iceberg beer, made with real iceberg water. A fantastic day of touring combined with the warm hospitality of terrific people!!  You gotta come visit Newfoundland!!  Tunderin’ Jaysus, it be the best vacation ever!!!

quidi vidi harbour

quidi vidi harbour

12 thoughts on “St. John’s and surroundings

  1. Hi Catherine & Leon: Really enjoying your travels thru your blog. St. John’s is wonderful little city…glad you enjoyed it as well. We’re so glad we met you & that you could spend some time with us. Happy travels & all the best.
    Harold & Eileen


    • So glad to hear from you!! We enjoyed meeting with you as well and are thankful for your hospitality. The fish and seafood back in Ottawa is quite a disappointment after 7 weeks of fresh cod and lobster. I don’t think we will ever be able to find such wonderful food as we ate this summer in NF. I was telling my daughter all about the wonderful scallops you gave us. So yummy!!

      Please do keep in touch and we would love to host you anytime you can make it to Ottawa.


    • My pleasure, believe me. I am surprised at just how varied Newfoundland is. We are currently in PEI and I have to take back everything I ever said about it. It’s lovely here as well.


  2. Drinking screech and kissing cods, sounds like my kind of a holiday! lol Fantastic pics, especially the one of you and Leon, Catherine. Love these stories, keep them coming.


    • Well it was smelly. They keep it in the freezer and take it out for the screech-in ceremony. I imagine it will be really bad in a few more weeks. Ugh!!


  3. Tristan and I think the picture of Grandpa Jensen (Danish-MorFar.) kissing a Fish is sooooo Funny! I like how your holding your nose for the Catherine. Looks like a good time! 🙂


    • Glad to see you are following along. We have seen a lot of boys Tristan’s age on our holiday, especially here in PEI. I’ll be writing about the story of Stinky later on. I think you and Tristan will like that.


  4. BTW…FYI…Cape Spear in the closest part of North America to South Africa….just a little tid-bit…Look it up Leon..!!!! Brian


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