This week on Foto Friday I’m taking a break from the travel album to show you all something a little more… local. At least for me.
This is where I live. My birthplace. My hometown. The place where I grew up. This place is called St. John’s, and it’s the capital city of the island of Newfoundland on the eastern extent of Canada.
It takes me 15 minutes to walk to the Atlantic ocean – the air is fresh with a taste of sea salt. Green rolling hills blanket the surrounding area, and thick evergreen trees can be found everywhere. Sharp sandstone cliffs extend up out of the water along the east coast. It is a beautiful place.
At just over 500 years old, it is the oldest city in North America, first discovered by a man by the name of John Cabot in 1497. It’s recognized as having the oldest street on the continent (Water Street – 1546). It’s served as a trading post, fishing port, colonial outpost; has hosted early Spanish, French, English, Irish, and other settlers; and it has burned to the ground, only to be rebuilt again. As you can see in the picture it’s as colourful a city as it is old, being known the world over for it’s “jelly bean houses”, and the people that live here are even more vibrant. They’re known for their polite, welcoming disposition, and of course the trademark accent (“whattaya at b’y?“). The weather is notorious for changing as fast as gas prices, and you could actually experience fog, clear skies, rain, and snow in the same day. And let’s not forget George Street. The little strip of bars just north of Water Street that you’d swear was ripped straight out of Dublin where you can hear excellent live music, have a few beers, and even get “Screeched In”.
I’ll dedicate a more fleshed-out post to my home and to Newfoundland as a whole some time soon, but for now I just wanted to give you a little taste of where I come from. This is my home, and I love it here. If you ever have the chance to come here, please do. Come to go cod jiggin’, see some icebergs, or go hiking along the East Coast Trail. I don’t think you’d be disappointed. Unless you come in a summer month when it isn’t summer (which happened this year), then it might be less of a time.
Until next time, have a good one!
Featured image: the colourful and historic St. John’s harbour – St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada