Our second day in St. John's was jam packed.
We started by driving to the most eastern point in Canada, Cape Spear. It was foggy but my dear husband Brian had always wanted to go there so Gene and I didn't mind a little cold and fog to accomplish this. There were some icebergs in the bay - it was eery.
We went into down-town St. John's and walked the colourful streets, popping into some great little shops. We had lunch at Rocket Bakery and Fresh Foods and while we were there some musicians started playing traditional Newfoundland music. My foot started tapping, it was wonderful. After having a delicious lunch we started our climb up the steep streets to the Anglican Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Basilica.
The immense history stored in these two buildings (the Anglican Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Basilica) is powerful and the magnificence of the architecture awe inspiring. In the Basilica I was fortunate enough to talk with the organist who kindly took me behind locked doors to the choir loft where the huge pipe organ is located. She played for me and the joy on her face and power of the music had me tearing up.
Our next stop is truly a highlight - we went into the convent next to the Basilica and waited for a guide to take us in to see the "Veiled Virgin", an incredible sculpture. Gene and I both stood dumb-struck and in tears as we tried to understand how the artist had accomplished the illusion of the veil lying gently on the woman's skin.
By now we were a bit thirsty so we dropped in to the famous Duke of Duckworth Pub and had a beer and enjoyed the atmosphere. We had been told they had the best fish and chips but we were just too full from lunch to partake. Perhaps next time.
Our last stop, before joining Dave for the evening, was Signal Hill. From here you can see all of St. John's, the harbour and the ocean beyond. No wonder this is one of the most secure habors anywhere. The view is magnificent!