We have had an amazing tour! We have seen and done so many different things that to sum them all up in a blog would be impossible! The organization of the tour has been absolutely impeccable. From concept to completion, this has been a truly unforgettable experience. I’m so pleased that each of you decided to take the Newfoundland Spectacular tour with Franklin Tours. We pride ourselves on making our trips memorable and I’m sure this one will have our guests talking for years to come about their adventure on “The Rock”. Thanks to everyone for pulling together, enjoying each other’s company and making this vacation a once (or twice??) in a lifetime experience!
John and Larry
Critter Count: Thousands of Gulls, Murres, Terns, Puffins, Several Whales (close to the boat in P-A-B, on our Outports Tour), 14 Moose, all the various critters inside Salmonier Nature Park (too many to count…), Hundreds of beautiful Northern Gannets diving, Three Partridges (sans Pear Tree!) on the road in Cape Breton (all still alive…), Cod…glorious Cod – at least 20 specimens, a small familial herd of seven caribou…I know I’m forgetting some but that’s a very good start!
Thanks also to the people who wrote in to the blog and let us know that you were following along at home!
Well…we have our half-hour back and are looking to the last hour tomorrow. This has been such an incredible tour. We are filled with stories and laughter (I still hear everyone joking at the back of the bus!)
Today was a “long haul” day but we were in good spirits (*ahem* so to speak!) We began at Flora’s Ice Cream and Gift Shop where the rug hookers demonstrated how they create fabulous works of art and the long hours that go into a few inches of fabric. Then we were off to view the highlights of the Cabot Trail and we went as far as Fishing Cove before we turned around for all the west coast photo stops.
When it all works out, we do like to make our tours extra special for the individuals on our tour and while it may not always “work out”, we were able to “work in” a trip to the Glenora Distillery on the Ceilidh Trail. Much to the appreciative palettes of those on board who desire the finer things, I think the distillery was happy to have hosted Franklin Tours even if only for twenty minutes.
We hopped aboard the bus and made our way toward Moncton, had another excellent meal at Jean’s and turned in with full bellies and happy memories.
Back on Terra Firma!
As much as we have enjoyed the tour, we know that in order to take another trip, we must return home (or we could just keep this one going!!) We left “The Rock” this morning with fond memories, full bellies and new found friends all over the island. The crossing was calm; a few whitecaps reminded us where we were but they dissipated at about the halfway point.
It was about three hours into the crossing that we began to spot the Atlantic White Sided Dolphins, Northern Gannets and a Spotted Dolphin too!
Our arrival to North Sydney was flawless at the hotel (thanks Brittany!) and we were settled in our rooms and ready for dinner.
Today was simply a great day for travelling. Although St. John’s did not look promising, the weather turned out to be beautiful once we arrived in the quaint, gorgeous town of Trinity. Discovered in 1501, Corte Real arrived here on Trinity day and the town has been called Trinity ever since. As there was a church lunch put on by the ACW, we were very fortunate in that we didn’t need to move the bus far for lunch! For $10 we had our choice of soups, sandwiches, pie and a drink. (Personally, I went with the: Moose stew, Ham and Cheese, Lemon Meringue Pie and a coffee!) We were pleased to be able to help support the church’s ongoing roof repair.
We also really enjoyed a visit to Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop in Trinity (a perennial favourite!) With samples of White Cheesecake Chocolate and Buttercrunch Chocolate to entice us, I don’t think I’ve seen quite so many baggies of chocolate coming out of one store on any tour!!
After lunch, we made our way down the highway (up the highway in NFLD?) toward Grand Falls-Windsor with a quick stop to see Joey Smallwood’s hometown of Gambo.
We are all looking forward to our evening’s entertainment at Mt. Peyton – the “Mug-Up”!
St. John’s has so much to offer – it feels as though we could spend the entire nineteen days exploring this city alone!
Today most of us took a tour of the east coast of island (“down North”). Our first stop was the Logy Bay Ocean Science Research Facility. This is where Memorial University students study aquatic life and learn about these fascinating animals work within the ocean ecosystem.
Then we visited Middle Cove Beach – a wonderful, natural setting where we listened to the water trickle over and through the rocks.
When Bob asked to see a fish, Andrew, our local guide, took us to Tappers Cove where we saw the Cod Fishermen filleting their catch. We learned so much just from being right on the dock and seeing the men working with the knives. (like, “Where, exactly, are the ‘tongues’ located?”)
Then we came to The Rooms to see the Provincial museum and the art gallery.
For dinner, most of us went to The Celtic Hearth. Although the service was slow, we had an opportunity to get to know each other better and experience their take on a “Jigg’s Dinner”.