Our usual trips consist of tropical vacations. But for a change we decided to tour Canada. We did Niagra Falls, Beautiful british Columbia, the Canadian Rockies in Alberta... and then Newfoundland. WOW...... WHY DIDN'T I GO SOONER... IT WAS SOOOOOOO MUCH FUN! While arriving in a newly renovated airport we were greeted with a twisted...but catchy irish accent and a friendly nod. we headed into the capital city (st. john's). Everyone was going about their daily business and we pretty much went unnoticed and blended in with the small crowd. But as soon as you mention that it was your first visit to "the Rock" we were overwhelmed by friendly folks who offered to give us some helpful pointers about dining, pubs, and things to see. We were even offered back to a few homes for some traditional food..... in which we actually did. Only in a place like this would you get away with going home with strangers... but once your there you'll find out for yourself just how open-hearted, genuine, and tight knit this culture really is. while at "these stangers" home... who felt more like long lost family.... we had some of the most amazing meals.... yes.... I said mealSSSS!!!! the first day was Cod Tounges....which I thought was just amazing.... a little salty for the untrained but tasty all the same. the next sunday was a traditional "jiggs diner" ....again they love the salt (obviously ....they live off the ocean for the most part). another meal you have to try is fried bread dough which they call "toutons".... they were sooooo good. I really like the molasses rather than the pancake syrup on them.
while there we did sooo much, Whale watching, bird watching, saw the lighthouses, visited the most easterly point in North America, learned soooo much aboout the oldest city in Canada. It really is beautiful.
But the best part by far was GEORGE STREET. The last weekend of July ( or it could of been the first week of august) there was a festival called GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL. We haven't partied like that in years. they close off all the strrets and we were permitted to roam the streets drinking, listining to the live Bands and mingled with locals. We met the most amazing people. there are actually multiple streets housing bars in the basement, main level and up stairs... they are mainly row houses with places to look and go in every window and door. we were surprised when we were in a pub looking for the bathroom when we opened a door to a dance club.... this place has nothing on Mardi Gras. the people party here like it's Mardi Gras EVERYDAY....and Afternoon .... and Night!!!!
We stayed in St. John's (the Fairmont....with a beautiful view) then we stayed with friends we met in the sity's suburbs Conception Bay South.... Beautiful... you can see the ocean from the mainhighway which is miles and miles and miles long. and 40miles/ hour so you can enjoy the view.
I LOVED THE PEOPLE AND THE FOOD IN NEWFOUNDLAND!!!
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