St. John's, Newfoundland, August 14, 2013

Weather:  Rainy, humid, high temp in mid 60s

St. John's is a beautiful town (even in the rain) of about 200,000 people.  We went out on our own thinking we would take the trolley, but the system was overwhelmed by all the cruisers with the same idea.  There was a cab near the trolley stop, so we took it to Signal Hill, where Cabot Tower was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's discovery of Newfoundland, and Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.   The building was used primarily for flag signaling.  Marconi received the first trans-atlantic radio transmission on Signal Hill on December 12, 1901.  We called the same cab driver to pick us up (he was very friendly and chatty) and take us back to the ship.  Then we decided we should see some of the city, so we walked up a very steep hill to visit St John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral.  The guides told us a lot about the church and its history.  We went farther up the hill to see the Basilica of St John the Baptist, which is very impressive on the outside with its twin towers, but was quite dark inside and not as pretty as the Anglican church.  We got back to the ship just in time to have a quick lunch and play trivia.  We didn't win in the afternoon but won at Pub Trivia and Name That Tune.  A Congregationalist pastor from Boston named Rick has joined our team for a lot of trivia games and is a likable fellow and an ordinary Joe.


Signal Hill

Cabot Tower on Signal Hill


From Signal Hill

Lighthouse from Signal Hill


St. John's from Signal Hill

St. John's from Signal Hill


St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral

St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral


Churches (from ship)

St. John's (from ship)


St. John's (from ship)

St. John's from ship

© Jay 2013