breathtaking view

I was awake early on Sunday morning and I decided to get out of the house before the day got started with kid activities. I grabbed the camera and my Dad’s jacket that I borrowed from him and haven’t returned yet. (The jacket is a blue rain jacket that is perfect for keeping the cold wind away).  I’ll get it back to you soon Dad!

I headed to Fort Amherst.  As I came upon the path towards the lighthouse and caught a glimpse of the bergs, honestly it took my breath away. It sounds so cliche, but in person it is just so stunning!

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It was so therapeutic to be out in the wind, snapping pictures.

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Really I don’t have much to say – the photos pretty much speak for themselves. It was a calm way to spend a Sunday morning. Big happy sigh.

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There were a few other people out enjoying the view.

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Are you tired of hearing me say what a beautiful place this is???

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Good for the soul.

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Happy Sunday.

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iceberg quest

My friend and I booked a boat tour last Friday on Iceberg Quest Tours. They are located at Pier 6, near The Keg on the Harbourfront. When we arrived at the Pier, the gorgeous sun and the live onboard music greeted us. We knew it was bound to be an awesome afternoon!

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Taking a boat tour from the St. John’s Harbour, really gives you a new vantage point of the city.  You can see the Basilica, the Rooms, the Courthouse and lots more.

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We went by the Battery, with all the houses built right into the cliff.  We walk through the battery when we do the North Head Trail – it is such an interesting place.  According to the guide on the boat, many artists live in the Battery.

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This photo above was taken as we were just coming up on the narrows.  The rock is called Chain Rock and the story goes that during World War II, there was a big chain and a net of sorts that was strung from Chain Rock to Fort Amherst on the other side of the narrows, to keep the German U-boats out of the harbour.

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When we got out of the narrows far enough we could see this HUGE iceberg right off the coast!  It really is unbelievable when you see these in person!

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See the line going down through the berg?  It looks as though a big piece will crack off. These ice bergs are known as growlers because they make growling noises as they melt and air is released.

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There was quite a swell on and the boat was a rockin’. We really had to hold onto the rail a few times. So when we tried to get a selfie we were having trouble staying upright!

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They are so majestic!  When you are looking at them it is so hard to remember that 90% of the iceberg is underwater!  The boat stayed a safe distance away from the icebergs.

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The teal colour you see just below the water is from the reflection of the sun.

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Huge thanks to Iceberg Quest!   It doesn’t matter if you are a tourist or not, this is something not to be missed if you are in the area!

quick tour of st. john’s

I was lucky enough a couple of weeks ago to have a quick visit from a lovely friend from Ottawa. She had never been to St John’s before, so I needed to figure out where to take her to give her a good tour so she could she what St. John’s is all about.  She was working during the day, so we only had two evenings to fit everything in.

When I heard she was coming for a visit, there was one activity I KNEW for sure I wanted to do with her.  I picked her up at the airport and we made a bee-line to Signal Hill to do the North Head Trail. Amazingly enough, it was 19 degrees and completely sunny!!  GLORIOUS!

20140525-101050-36650323.jpgThere were lots of people out enjoying the fabulous weather on the trail. I was so happy to get to show off this wonderful place!  Truly it is my happy place!  We were cracking up laughing trying to take a selfie near Cabot Tower!

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We went for supper at Portobellos on Duckworth Street.  I had never been there before but I had heard the view of the Harbour and the Narrows was beautiful.  The food was good but the view really was incredible!

I was especially glad we had such amazing weather for the first evening, because when I woke up the next morning and looked out my window – I could hardly see across the street for the fog.  I mean it was true pea soup fog – so thick that visibility was really diminished.  My girlfriend was working out at the airport on the tarmac that day and she said they could hear the airplanes close by, but still couldn’t see them in the fog.  HA!  The weather is only one of the reasons this is definitely a unique place.

20140525-101052-36652981.jpgFor our second evening together I really wanted to go see an iceberg with her. It was an opportunity not to be missed – seeing an Iceberg is not something you do in Ottawa regularly.  So I checked out the Iceberg Finder website (LOVE THIS!) and realized there was an iceberg in Torbay.  We took a quick drive (15 – 20 mins from my house) and were able to see one!  I’m sorry my iPhone camera just does not do this justice – It really was beautiful! We swung by middle cove beach on the way back .

20140525-101052-36652317.jpgQuidi Vidi Village is very picturesque and worth a quick photo op. I think the fog made it look even more charming.

20140525-101051-36651366.jpgWe did a little shopping downtown to find some little treats for her to take home to her family.  She was so excited to see all the chocolate at Coffee & Company on Water Street!  She bought some Godiva chocolate to take home and treated K and I to a yummy truffle from the cabinet.  This is a wonderful locally owned and operated cafe – I knew that the coffee was delicious at Coffee & Company, but now I can attest that the chocolate is also FAB! If you haven’t been before, you need to go there!

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Honestly, I wasn’t sure about going for Fee & Chee (how do you spell that?) for supper but it seemed like the thing to do in St. John’s. We headed over to the landmark that is Ches’s and I ordered Fish with Chips, Dressing and Gravy (like you would) but my friend was not convinced about adding dressing to a meal.  So she ordered it on the side just to see.  I don’t think she would order it again but at least she can say she did once!

20140525-101052-36652417.jpgAfter doing a carpool run to bring K to dance we decided to end the evening with martinis at Basho.  For the record, the fancy drinks at Basho are the absolute BEST! I would not recommend you go and just order a rum and coke or a rye and ginger, or any run-of-the-mill drink.  You can get those anywhere…..   Pick one of the specialty drinks! They make your entire evening feel special just sipping on one of them!

20140525-101051-36651826.jpgThere are lots of places we didn’t get to visit and things we didn’t do, but considering we only had two evenings, I think we did well.  I LOVED having her visit!!  Next time she comes, we will hit Cape Spear and maybe Fort Amherst…..  Oh and there’s lots more I can think of!

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