August 13, 2014 St Johns, Newfoundland
Overcast, chance of showers, 60 degrees, sunrise 5:53am sunset 8:16pm
St. John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador and the province’s largest city. It is situated on the Avalon Peninsula and is the easternmost city in North America. It is known as the place where the sun rises first.
We docked at St. Johns about 8:00am. The big police horses and the huge Newfie was waiting for the guests. We headed out after breakfast and headed over to Water Street. If you want free internet, go to Starbucks, no password needed. It is in the Water Street Center or Atlantic Center.
After the internet fix, we headed down Water Street, past Tim Hortons to Nonia’s. It is a yarn and cross stitch store. Mom bought a cross stitch kit. From there we wandered around St. John’s and of course stopped at Tim Hortons. Today was a bagel of day toasted with butter, 10 timbits, and a cinnamon roll. Yes, we are all starting the 12 step program next week.
We got back to ship about 1:15pm, all aboard was 2:30pm. We went to the lido and hit up the Poutine Bar. This a traditional Quebec dish made with French fried, brown gravy and cheese curds. (There are Poutine stands all over St. Johns. Some are set up like food trucks that they call chip wagons.) Our Poutine bar had traditional gravy, mushroom gravy, spicy meat gravy, shredded beef gravy and hamburger gravy. They did not have cheese curds, just two types of shredded and bleu cheese. They were served in baskets with paper or on plates, if you prefer. I had mine with cheese and traditional poutine gravy. It was good.
The Captain came on prior to leaving to let us know that as we left through the narrows (very narrow) the muskets would be shot off from Signal Hill. This is where Cabot tower lies. You could hear the muskets and see the flash.
After this we headed to the Culinary Center to see Barry form Boston (piano man) against Guitar soloist Bill in an episode of Chopped. They both had a great time. Bill was very laid back and Barry played to the crowd. No one tasted what they cooked, but we all had fun.
We caught the end of happy hour. We still have money on the drink cards we were given so we will need to hit it one more time.
Dinner was good. We had parm crusted chicken and hot fudge sundaes. The show tonight was a duo of girls from Nova Scotia doing Celtic music on the fiddle and piano. One of them also played guitar. We made it through 2 songs which sounded a lot alike. They were long songs.
Hit the casino, won a little a then to bed. Good night from the barely feels like we are moving MS Veedam.