Newfoundland – The Jewel in the Crown
About a year ago, a friend and I decided to take a trip to Newfoundland. Her sister had been, as have a few friends of mine so we knew the places to go. To be honest though, I don’t have any recollection of seeing their photos or conversations about their trips, so I imagined it as a harsh land. They call it The Rock, so without even looking up photos or information about it, I assumed it to be a lot like Georgian Bay. Silly me. Part of me did that as I wanted that element of ‘surprise’ when we went, so didn’t want to know too much about the place. Ironic in a way, seeing that’s not what I usually do when I travel. I like to read about it, see it, and know what to expect.
I’m glad I didn’t know much about Newfoundland because, frankly, it blew me away. Lush mountainsides, beautiful lakes (ponds they call ’em), stunning picture postcard villages, craggy cliffs clinging to the beautiful bays that meet the Atlantic, historic towns and wonderful traditions. Not to mention the puffins, whales and amazingly friendly and fun people. The most incredible thing was that we were there in high season and it was veritably empty. We hiked, drove and took boat trips; pretty much the things tourists do. To our delight it wasn’t touristy ie; commercial at all, or crowded. We know it’s going to be a very popular destination soon, so we’re glad we (seemed) to see it in its glory.
Enjoy this little travelogue and if you haven’t been, plan to go! You will love it.