Postcard from St. John’s

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m glad you’re here. It’s week 33 in 2022 and I’m hosting Weekend Coffee Share linkup #83. Come on in for a coffee or tea, and let’s catch up.

Today’s post is my postcard from St. John’s. After a long stretch of beautiful sunny days in Newfoundland and Labrador, I finally experienced overcast sky and brief periods of rain, drizzle and fog in St. John’s. I came prepared with my rain gear and took a long walk to explore this historic, artistic and colourful city.

St. John’s (always abbreviated and with an apostrophe) is the most easternly city in North America and Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital. St. John’s is not to be confused with Saint John in New Brunswick, another province in Atlantic Canada.

Art Works

Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Mile 0 Memorial

“I just wish people would realize that anything is possible if you try; dreams are made if people try”

Terry Fox (1958-1981)

If you don’t know who Terry Fox is, please read about him here.

Our Newfoundland and Labrador Dogs sculptures by sculptor Luben Boykov
Our Newfoundland and Labrador Dogs sculptures by sculptor Luben Boykov
A Time sculpture by sculptor Morgan MacDonald
A Time sculpture by sculptor Morgan MacDonald
A Time sculpture
A closer look at A Time sculpture
Making Fish sculpture by artist Jim Maunder
Making Fish sculpture by artist Jim Maunder

Historic Sites

Cabot Tower at the highest point of Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada
Km 0 marker outside St. John's City Hall
Km 0 marker outside St. John’s City Hall
Km 0 marker of the Trans-Canada Highway that links ten Canadian provinces

Officially opened in 1962, the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) is one of the longest highways in the world. From St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Victoria, British Columbia, the TCH covers over 7821 km and crosses six time zones.

Jellybean Houses

There are blocks and blocks of brightly painted houses on the hilly streets that rise from St. John’s harbour.

Jellybean houses
Jellybean houses on Victoria Street in St.John’s
Jellybean houses in St. John’s
Colourful houses at St. John's Harbour
Colourful houses at St. John’s Harbour

Pubs and Music

George Street in downtown St. John’s has some of the best pubs and restaurants in Newfoundland, as well as all types of music – Irish, blues, rock n’ roll, dance, country and traditional music.

YellowBelly Brewery in St. John’s

It was a wonderful discovery walk in St. John’s.

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103 thoughts on “Postcard from St. John’s

  1. rawsonjl August 19, 2022 / 8:16 am

    I love those painted buildings!

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 7:18 pm

      There were many of them in St. John’s. The colour combination is attractive and cheerful.

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  2. leannelc August 19, 2022 / 8:28 am

    Hi Natalie – the colourful houses are just so bright and happy aren’t they. I’d never heard of Terry Fox before and the wiki article on him was an eye opener indeed – his feat made me feel like a bit of a wimp as I limp around with my horrible hip. I love that he left a lasting legacy even though he would have been disappointed not to have completed his entire challenge.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 7:34 pm

      Hi Leanne, The jellybean houses in St. John’s are attractive and cheerful to see. I think they’re great mood lifters when the local weather is overcast, foggy or rainy. Terry Fox left a long lasting and important legacy in Canada. There is an annual Terry Fox Run all over Canada to raise funds to support cancer research. He was young and courageous to start his run while fighting cancer. Your hip pain is real and you have a positive mindset to manage it every day. That takes strength.

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  3. dennyho August 19, 2022 / 8:54 am

    What an inspiration Terry Fox was and is! Thank you for sharing his story and your holiday photos.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 7:35 pm

      I find Terry Fox’s words “dreams are made if people try” and his run inspiring. Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. Jill Weatherholt August 19, 2022 / 9:03 am

    I love the wall art! Thanks for the tour, Natalie. The photos are gorgeous, and I love the quote from Terry Fox.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 7:37 pm

      Jill, I love that the wall art captures the essentials of Newfoundland (art, music, puffins…). I’m pleased you liked my photos. I love the quote from Terry Fox, too.

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  5. Ally Bean August 19, 2022 / 9:31 am

    Cabot Tower is kind of menacing to see. Perhaps the idea? On the other hand I like the Jellybean houses. They charm me.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 7:48 pm

      Ally, I think the Gothic Revival style and stone colour make Cabot Tower look sombre and menacing. St. John’s has blocks and blocks of colourful Jellybean houses that brighten the downtown core.

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  6. Marsha August 19, 2022 / 10:36 am

    You have some amazing artwork here, Natalie. I did read the link about Terry Fox. What an incredible person, so deserving of the honors bestowed on him. I also love the Yellow Belly and the fact that Ally Bean loves the Jellybean houses. They remind me a little of San Francisco. Thanks for linking to both of my challenges. I’ll add yours to the new PPAC coming out this morning as the first link.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 7:59 pm

      Marsha, Thank you for hosting PPAC and WQW challenges and adding my link. I find Terry Fox’s words “dreams are made if people try” inspiring. St. John’s has amazing art, history, music, food, etc. I tried to share a sampling of what the city offers. I’m glad you liked my postcard 🙂

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  7. Janet Gogerty August 19, 2022 / 11:50 am

    I love colourful houses,whether on hillsides seen from miles away or to surprise you when you turn a corner. I would be snapping pictures of the jelly bean houses.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 8:01 pm

      Janet, I also love colourful houses. I took many pictures of the jelly bean houses and will share more in a future post.

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  8. Retirement Reflections August 19, 2022 / 1:08 pm

    I love St. John’s–especially the JellyBean houses. Thank you for the delightful postcard

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 8:05 pm

      Hi Donna, I’m pleased you found my postcard delightful. St. John’s Jellybean houses are attractive and cheerful to see.

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  9. Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog August 19, 2022 / 1:32 pm

    I love your postcard. We have a Cabot tower in Bristol as well. I like the jelly bean houses especially the name.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 8:13 pm

      Anne, Thank you for your comment. I believe both Cabot Towers in Bristol and St. John’s were built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the journey of John Cabot from Bristol to discover Newfoundland. The Jellybean houses in St. John’s are delightful to see and they’ve got a good name.

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  10. Thistles and Kiwis August 19, 2022 / 3:29 pm

    The jelly bean houses are such fun. What a wonderful postcard! I really want to explore Canada now…I am off to the other side of the country, Vancouver, soon for a family visit at least!

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 8:27 pm

      How exciting that you’ll visit family in Vancouver soon. It’s a beautiful city. I hope you have a wonderful time in Vancouver.

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  11. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com August 19, 2022 / 4:58 pm

    What a fascinating and colorful city! I think it would be a great adventure to drive the Trans-Canada Highway and stop along the way wherever we saw something that caught our fancy.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 8:40 pm

      Yes, a long road trip on the TCH would be a great adventure. I’d love to travel across Canada with a compact RV.

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  12. Lydia C. Lee August 19, 2022 / 5:13 pm

    The jellybean houses are so cute! THey really make the rugged terrian look more inviting…

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 8:42 pm

      Yes. the jellybean houses brighten the city with their colours.

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  13. smkelly8 August 19, 2022 / 6:33 pm

    There’s so much to see in St. John’s. My ancestors landed there from Ireland. I ought to plan a trip.

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 8:46 pm

      Yes, there’s a lot to explore in St. John’s. I think you’ll enjoy the city very much.

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  14. Dan Antion August 19, 2022 / 9:23 pm

    Lovely photos, Natalie. I love the colors (and the dog statues).

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    • Natalie August 19, 2022 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you, Dan. I learned more about Newfoundland dog breed when I visited the dog statues. I’ve taken many pictures of colourful doors in Newfoundland. I hope to share them with Thursday Doors next month.

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      • Dan Antion August 20, 2022 / 7:45 am

        I look forward to that, Natalie. Mostly, I’m glad you had a great time.

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  15. Denyse Whelan Blogs August 20, 2022 / 12:33 am

    Hello Natalie, so good to see your explorations and your photos. I knew of Terry Fox and his legacy lives on. The 0 marker of kilometres was awesome. All journeys have to start at zero from some point! I am back from my self-imposed blogging break earlier than anticipated as my blogging mojo returned!! Thanks for the link up. Denyse.

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 11:16 am

      Hi Denyse, I’m glad to hear your blogging mojo returned. Taking a break usually gives us new energy and new ideas. It’s good to hear that you knew of Terry Fox and his legacy since you’re in Australia, so far from Canada. Have a great weekend!

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  16. Susanne August 20, 2022 / 4:58 am

    Thanks for sharing some of St John’s! We have something similar to the jellybean houses here in our town, they are called the smartie houses and is basically the same thing, just other building material.
    I loved the painted guitar plate (or whatever it is) on the wall, and most of all I loved the quote by Terry Fox. I agree 100% with him. So many people give up their dreams before even trying.

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 11:21 am

      Susanne, I found St. John’s and Newfoundland in general rich in history, music, and arts. I think you’d enjoy the music and pub scenes in St. John’s.

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  17. Ju-Lyn August 20, 2022 / 6:37 am

    With each Newfoundland & Labrador post, I feel a greater draw to visit this very stunning and beautiful place! St Johns is so lovely in so many aspects!

    We used to have an annual Terry Fox run in Singapore – we haven’t since the pandemic, but maybe they will reinstate it soon. I think it is because we have many Canadian citizens residing here and the run is always well patronized.

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 11:27 am

      Ju-Lyn, Now that I’ve visited Newfoundland and Labrador, I’d highly recommend it to others and would like to return for a deeper dive myself. St. John’s is rich in history, music, arts, food and scenery.
      It’s good to know about the annual Terry Fox Run in Singapore. We still have it here, all over Canada, in September. I’ll be doing some volunteer work for the Terry Fox Run in Toronto later this month.

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      • Ju-Lyn August 25, 2022 / 8:32 pm

        Terry Fox is an inspiration, particularly to those of us who run. It is amazing that he is celebrated and funds are raised all over Canada in September.

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        • Natalie August 25, 2022 / 8:59 pm

          Yes, Terry Fox left an important and amazing legacy. I find his words “dreams are made if people try” inspiring.

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  18. Antoinette Truglio Martin August 20, 2022 / 6:38 am

    Ok. I want to go there! Thanks for the tour

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 11:28 am

      That’s great to hear. Thank you for stopping by.

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 11:28 am

      Suzanne, Your comment is the highest compliment any explorer can get. I’ll take it. Thank you 🙂

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  19. Nancy August 20, 2022 / 9:19 am

    What a lovely little city to explore. I especially liked the sculptures and colorful jellybean houses. Also, thank you for clearing up a mystery and improving my knowledge of Canadian geography. My in-laws just returned from a 11 day cruise from NYC to Iceland, one of their stops being St John’s. The photos she posted were lovely but I was a bit confused because my husband and I went on a cruise several years ago and stopped in, what I thought was the same city but now I see it was actually Saint John! (I checked Google Earth to be sure). I was wondering why the town looked so different and why they didn’t visit the reversing waters! Makes total sense now. 🙂

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 11:37 am

      Yes, it’s a common confusion St.John’s and Saint John and they’re both cities in Atlantic Canada. How wonderful that you’ve seen the reversing waters in the Bay of Fundy. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 11:38 am

      Pam, I’d love to return to St.John’s for another visit. Lots to explore in that city.

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  20. Jackie August 20, 2022 / 10:57 am

    Thanks for some ideas for St. John’s!!

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 11:40 am

      I hope you have a great time exploring St. John’s.

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  21. Maria August 20, 2022 / 12:01 pm

    What a lovely place! St. John’s Harbour looks amazing. Imagine living in one of those houses, with that view! Thank you for this trip, and the coffee 🙂

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 12:28 pm

      Maria, I enjoyed exploring St.John’s. The city is rich in history and culture, and is located right by a natural harbour. Thank you for stopping by.

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      • Maria August 20, 2022 / 3:07 pm

        I can understand why you enjoyed it!

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  22. Liesbet @ Roaming About August 20, 2022 / 1:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your lovely walk, Natalie. Having an overcast sky when exploring a city is more welcome than when hiking in nature, I find. When in Victoria, I remember seeing a sign for the end of the Trans-Canada highway.

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 4:55 pm

      Liesbet, When I took my walks in St. John’s, the first time it was overcast. The second time it was just brief periods of drizzle, fog and rain then it cleared up so all was well. The day I left St. John’s, the sun and clear blue sky returned. I visited the end of the Trans-Canada Highway when I was in Victoria before the pandemic.

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  23. csuhpat1 August 20, 2022 / 9:15 pm

    St.John’s is such a beautiful place. Wow. I would love to visit there. And I remember Terry Fox from when I was a kid. Such an inspiring human being.

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    • Natalie August 20, 2022 / 9:25 pm

      Yes, there are a lot to explore in St.John’s. It’s good to know that you knew of Terry Fox. He inspired many people.

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  25. Astrid August 21, 2022 / 8:47 am

    I’m in awe of that highway! I had no idea you could even travel so far east to west over land.

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    • Natalie August 21, 2022 / 9:01 am

      Yes, it’s a very long highway. I drove most of it from Toronto to Victoria years ago.

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  26. Melis August 21, 2022 / 10:51 am

    Thank you for sharing a lovely walk-thru! I’m loving those jelly bean houses! Such lovely splashes of color (especially against a grey day)!

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    • Natalie August 21, 2022 / 12:13 pm

      Melissa, Thank you for stopping by. St. John’s jellybean houses are charming to see IRL. The colours really brighten the city and everyone’s mood.

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  27. Kathleen Howell August 21, 2022 / 12:14 pm

    I love the jellybean houses!! How easy would it be to tell someone where you live! 🙂

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    • Natalie August 21, 2022 / 12:31 pm

      That’s the idea behind the jellybean houses 🙂

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  28. Janet Alcorn August 21, 2022 / 3:57 pm

    Love the colorful houses! Also the sculptures and, well, everything in this post. Thanks! Now I need to add another city to my bucket list.

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    • Natalie August 21, 2022 / 6:22 pm

      I’m glad you liked my postcard. There are plenty of places to go and things to do in and around St. John’s.

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  29. Terri Webster Schrandt August 21, 2022 / 4:40 pm

    What a wonderful walk among the sculptures, Natalie! Truly inspiring! I love how you found the beautiful pops of yellow in many of the images. That last shot of St John’s harbor with the array of colorful homes is amazing! Must be cool to see all that in person. Who knows, maybe one day we will travel the TCH!

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    • Natalie August 21, 2022 / 6:25 pm

      Terri, Newfoundlanders sure know how to paint their houses. There are attractive pops of colours in St. John’s and all the coastal towns that I visited. You’re not far from the Canadian border. I hope you visit Canada and travel the TCH.

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  30. Erica/Erika August 21, 2022 / 6:46 pm

    An awesome post, Natalie. Newfoundland is definitely a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you for bringing to my attention how there is also a Terry Fox Memorial on the ‘other’ side of Canada. You likely know we have a Mile 0 at our end, too. I still recall going to Cabot Tower and the excessive wind. The Jellybean houses are always eye candy (get it…lol). Thank you for sharing all of the information and especially the amazing photos! 💕

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    • Natalie August 21, 2022 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you Erica/ Erika. I’m glad you liked my postcard 🙂 Yes, I knew of the Mile 0 at your end and visited it before the pandemic. When I went to the Cabot Tower, it was super windy, too. Fortunately, on the next day when I walked to see downtown St. John’s and the jellybean houses, it was calm.

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  31. theunretired August 21, 2022 / 6:47 pm

    And did you understand people when they spoke to you? 😁

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    • Natalie August 21, 2022 / 7:37 pm

      Haha, most of the time 🙂 Good to hear from you, Ann.

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      • theunretired August 21, 2022 / 7:59 pm

        Hi Natalie. I have been trying to catch up on blogs. I thought St. John’s was pretty interesting when I was there many years ago.

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        • Natalie August 21, 2022 / 8:24 pm

          Hi Ann, I found St. John’s pretty interesting, too. I hope to see you again if I go to Vancouver Island next spring.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2022 / 9:04 am

      Thank you for your visit and comment.

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  32. Kirstin August 22, 2022 / 6:35 pm

    I love all those sculptures! So amazing. And of course the colorful houses.

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    • Natalie August 22, 2022 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you, Kirstin. St. John’s has interesting artworks and many colourful houses.

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  33. Julie August 24, 2022 / 12:25 am

    A long time ago my family and I did part of the trans-Canada highway. We started from Victoria, Vancouver, and ended our journey in Calgary and Edmondton. On a separate trip through Canada, we went to the Yukon because we were on our way to Alaska. I would love to return to Canada and visit the rest of the provinces.

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    • Natalie August 24, 2022 / 9:04 am

      How wonderful that you’ve been to BC, Alberta and Yukon in Canada. I hope you get to visit the rest of Canada someday.

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  34. Bernie August 25, 2022 / 4:11 pm

    I was very moved at the Terry Fox Memorial. Loved every last thing about St. John’s but wished I had more time. Must return. Looking forward to other posts you do from NFLD.

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    • Natalie August 25, 2022 / 6:00 pm

      Bernie, I wished I had more time to explore St. John’s, too. I have three more posts on NL for September. Thank you for your comment.

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  35. Simplysplendidfood August 28, 2022 / 2:02 am

    Great Photos! I was especially impressed by the sculpture of Terry Fox.❤️

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    • Natalie August 28, 2022 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Yes, the Terry Fox sculpture is impressive and the quote behind it is inspiring.

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  36. 100 Country Trek September 5, 2022 / 9:32 pm

    We were in St John’s a couple of months ago.
    My husband’s family loves there.

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    • Natalie September 6, 2022 / 8:21 am

      Thank you, Anita, for your comment. I enjoyed my visit to St. John’s also a couple of months ago.

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