We visited this market when were on a cruise. The streets of St John's are old, with brick buildings...I wondered if it was even worth going ashore, since I was feeling queezy from some bad lobster bisque in Bar Harbor. We walked to the market and upon entering the lobby we spotted a museum. We love museums, so we paid the nominal fee and spent 1+ hours learning about whales, ships, wildlife etc. Terrific place with a pleasant staff.
Next, we explored the mall....a modern, ingenious place that carried us up the steep street. We zigzagged up via escalators and ramps until we reached a marvelous old farmer's market at the top of the hill. Along the way I'd been distracted by the nice clothing shops, but we were limited by time and the amount of goods we could fit into our luggage.
The old market was delightful...clerestory windows allowed sunlight to fill the space and warm the old wooden beams of the high ceiling. Over our heads, artist's fish dangled from cords throughout the shopping area. Everything from jewelry, to local food products and sweatshirts was sold. We bought t-shirts and sweatshirts, knowing they would have to be mailed back to our home. The quality was too good to ignore. I wished to stay longer, but missing our ship wasn't an option.
Near the dock was another surprise....an outdoor market with local crafts. My husband bought me earrings from the sweetest lady. I fantasized about buying the beautifully made tartan capes ....wearing one of those in Northern CA would be a fashion risk I'm not bold enough to take. I'm glad we skipped the excursion to the reversing falls...our adventure was terrific.
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