Part 8 – Exploring St. John’s

As “official Newfoundlanders” we were now ready to explore the island. From St. John’s we visited “Signal Hill”, where Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901. I wonder if there were warnings then of who was coming in 52 years!

A tower built at the highest point of Signal Hill, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The hike to Cabot Tower, a tower built at the top of Signal Hill, commemorating John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, was exhilarating and beautiful! Seeing the siblings linking arms, laughing and walking together was such a blessing and answer to prayer. This was new ground for my husband, having grown up an only child.

Next, we visited Cape Spear Lighthouse and the surrounding cliffs. The view was spectacular and crashing waves were mesmerizing!

The cliffs were the “undoing” of Aunt Sue, who worried about their son, Brandon, as he and his new cousins, Nick & Becca, explored the rocky outcroppings.

The Cape Spear lighthouse was an ideal (though slightly foggy) location for the first family portraits.

Being a lover of lighthouses, George and Elaine graciously took me to Amherst Lighthouse, which was not fogged in. Hiking up the road I met a friend from Indy who was a fellow volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, who I had not seen in years. Small world!

St. John’s is known for its colorful seaside houses along Jellybean Row.

Quidi Vidi is a must if you visit St. John’s. This quaint fishing village area is where we met a local reporter who offered to do a story about the first meeting of the siblings for NTV.

It aired while we were there, and moved everyone to tears. Click link below to view. It will take a few seconds to download, then click on video to play.

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