Mel And Nancy trip to Maritime Provences travel blog

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No 2 Ready Room

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Cabot Signal Tower

Telegraph lines to tower

overlooking St Johns Harbor from Tower


Most of this day was spent with a thorough bus tour of the area and another boat trip to see whales and puffins at Bull Bay.

Our trip began driving through St. John’s and out to “Cape Spear Light House” at the most easterly point of land on the North American Continent. Here we say major WWII big gun bunkers and other shore defenses.

In St. John’s we toured through the city and around the harbor to the narrow entrance. This is a naturally protected harbor that can provide shelter for large vessels and drill rigs.

A smaller harbor with a very narrow entrance is nearby. This has a small and picturesque village called” Quidi Vidi” where there has developed a small brewery, but perhaps the largest in Nfld.?

A significant tour stop was “Signal Hill” and “Cabot Tower”, built before 1762. It is a 3 level stone building originally used as a merchants lookout for approaching ships and to signal to the offices and docks below in the harbor to prepare for the ships arrival. It is also where Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal. Signal Hill provides a spectacular view of St. John’s harbor and it’s approaches and miles out to sea.

Everyone agreed that a Mexican dinner out was a nice change of pace to end the day.



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