Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Day 13 July 25 Last morning, last thoughts
With our flight leaving St John's a little after 1pm we had time for a last walk before boarding the bus for the short drive to the airport. It was hard to leave.
We had an amazing time.
Our trip around the island and over to mainland Labrador covered 2650 km. The scenery was spectacular. The historic sites were interesting, informative, well presented and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly people. The hotels where we stayed, the restaurants where we ate, the stores where we shopped gave us an introduction to some of the provinces 510,900 population and we never saw a scowling face or heard an unkind word. They shared their love of the land, the ocean and the music.
We were able to eat fish every day and we got to taste caribou. We saw an iceberg and whales, moose and puffins. We saw pine forests and wood piles and gardens along the roadside. We learned that there is a difference between a true story and a factual story. We learned the words to "I'se The Bye" and sang it many times. We learned the history. We saw the evidence of glaciers and ancient rock.
I loved the cool days. The lack of humidity and pollution. I even liked the fog and the heavy rain and sudden lightning storm as we left Western Brook Pond just added drama to the incredible scenery seen during the boat ride and 3 km walk.
Newfoundland and Labrador had enticed me for years with bright graphic tourism ads and now that I've been I will add my voice to theirs ........ if you get the chance it is truly a great place to visit.
Our trip with Senior Tours was well planned, well structured covering a good overview of the whole province and well managed by Margaret and our driver Barry. We had a wonderful holiday.