Most of the time I organize and lead my own tours but this week I accompanied some of the international students from Loyalist College (where I teach) for a tour of Ottawa. First stop was a visit to the Parliament Buildings followed by a visit to the Byward Market. On our way back to Belleville we stopped at a sugar bush and sampled maple syrup on snow! What a great way to experience a bit of Canada!
The tiny town of Napanee lit up the night sky during the holiday season of 2012 with thousands of lights. What a winter wonderland! This was the town’s first annual “Big Bright Light Show”. Lyndsay Tee, Core Area Advisory Committee Coordinator, says next year will be even bigger and brighter.
People often ask me, “What is your all time favourite destination?” I love Newfoundland! I love the people, the scenery, the food…..I love it all. Every time I take a group to “The Rock”, they fall in love with it too. There is something very special about this island in the Atlantic. It brings out the best in people, it gets under your skin and into your heart so when you leave you find yourself planning your return. My next Great Escape to Newfoundland is in the summer of 2014 and I can hardly wait to return. Maybe you could come with me!
Ten Things I Love about Newfoundland: ( I had 100 but that’s a little long for my first blog post)
- Everywhere you look there’s the contrast of colours.
- The ladies of St James Anglican Church in Lark Harbour….they do a wicked pot luck lunch!
- Toutons and beans with molasses…..really
- Standing on top of Signal Hill at night and looking down on the city of St. John’s
- Ed, a retired teacher from Grand Falls who does a screech-in like no other.
- Rocky Harbour in Gros Morne National Park….what a vibrant community!
- The Newfoundland dialect….I loves it!
- Beautiful Bottle Cove on the west coast
- Quidi Vidi Beer – especially their Iceberg beer in the pretty blue bottle
- The Crow’s Nest in St John’s….a unique “officer’s club” with a colourful naval history dating back to 1942.