imaginary tour [warning: long!]

My long-time online buddy, Angharod, has gathered a group of friends in Facebook … some of us go way back in time … the ancient beginnings of the Internet as we know it; 1996. She posted a little challenge/suggestion today and I very much want to take part in that as I’m very proud of Saint John. However, I can’t partake in this without pictures so …. I’m writing it up as a blog post. Here’s a copy of her challenge:

Β«SOO…let’s imagine a group of us (5) are visiting your area for a few days…we are counting on you to entertain and squire us around for a 3 day (at least) weekend.
Money is no object to any of us, and you don’t have to put us up…what will you show us for a maximum fun look at where you live. Use links if you want, to show us what we can anticipate. Keep in mind, the weather will be gorgeous, and we’re all in the best health, and raring to go wherever in our short time in your location. We’ll have luxurious transportation and bright shining faces… πŸ™‚ Β»

Okay, so I suggest y'all stay at the Hilton. It's convenient, with walking distance to the bustling downtown area, and should the supposedly gorgeous weather, against all odds ... true to Saint John, turn into fog and drizzle, you can walk indoors to both of the shopping areas! It also has a breathtaking view of the harbour.
Okay, so I suggest y’all stay at the Hilton. It’s convenient, with walking distance to the bustling downtown area, and should the supposedly gorgeous weather, against all odds … true to Saint John, turn into fog and drizzle, you can walk indoors to both of the shopping areas! It also has a breathtaking view of the harbour.
This visit could very well be taking place during the cruise-ship season ... there are days when we have three, gigantic ships in at the same time. Then this little city will be crowded!
This visit could very well be taking place during the cruise-ship season … there are days when we have three, gigantic ships in at the same time. Then this little city will be crowded!
When we've roamed around the shopping area, we take a short walk along Germain Street and admire the beautifully kept, red brick buildings
When we’ve roamed around the shopping area, we take a short walk along Germain Street and admire the beautifully kept, red brick buildings
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…and since we’re in the area, we’re not far from the Trinity Lamp! You’ll find out the history of it once you’re here πŸ™‚
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…and the Celtic Cross on St. Patrick’s Square, overlooking Partridge Island, which is ‘Canada’s Ellis Island’. [picture from St. Patrick’s Day 2009]

After all that walking, you’re probably exhausted. We get back into the city centre, drink coffee in Starbucks and look at all the cruise-ship passengers milling about in the shopping centre. Before dinner, there’s still time, so we pick up a car and drive around a little…

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…across the Harbour Bridge, over to West Side…
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To the lovely beach on Sea Street, and get a better look at …
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Partridge Island, which is not allowed to enter at this point in time.

That’s about as much as we can take on Day 1. Back to the hotel for a rest and a shower before dinner at Grannan’s.

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Day 2. We start out in good time and drive out of the city. First stop is St. Martins. We have the most scrumptious clam chowder and look at the caves that have formed in the sandstone rocks. Here, seen at low tide.
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…and here, higher tide

Here, we’re only a few minutes drive from the Fundy Trail Parkway. We halt at many of the look-out spots as you may want to take pictures.

This turned out to be a rather long day, so after dinner, we just hang out in one of the numerous bars along the board walk … listen to country music … watch the cruise ships leave.

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Day 3, and we still haven’t visited Saint John’s main tourist attraction — the Reversing Rapids. The Fundy tides are amongst the highest in the world! We have checked the tide chart, so we get there a while before ‘slack tide’ — when everything stands still, water’s calm, nothing happens. That way, we get to see the last of the tide running out … we hang around the twenty minutes it’s slack tide and get to see the change … when the tide starts rolling in again. This is in order to get the grip of it.

After that experience, it’s time for my personal, favourite spot in Saint John — Rockwood Park. You just can’t come to visit me in Saint John without seeing the ducks and the squirrels LOL

15 Replies to “imaginary tour [warning: long!]”

  1. Excellent photography! Love the red brick buildings, the Celtic cross, the tiny island with trees on it on the coast, and the tide would be excellent to watch too. πŸ™‚

    1. So much history out on that island. There have been talks about turning it in to a sort of park, available to the public, but I don’t see it happening any time soon.

  2. I love your city! What a great tour, thank you. I went to the link for Grennan’s and if I ever get to come to visit you, let’s for sure go there πŸ˜‰

  3. What a cool challenge! Did your other friends do them as well? Can I read them somewhere? When I read about the challenge I immediately thought of the Trinity lamp and Rockwood park, LOL! This would certainly be a wonderful three day trip. The only thing I can’t recollect seeing before is the entrance to the cave, that looks very interesting. I love caves. But I am sure you must’ve shown us before, since I do remember that coastline. Thanks for this virtual guided tour!

    1. Hi Gerda,
      Yes, these spots are getting to be familiar to my FB friends too … We used to often go to St. Martins but I don’t really remember posting about those caves. That was the first time in my life I saw a starfish, by the way!

  4. Fabulous blog with pix!!! I know feel like I know St. John much better!!! I really enjoyed this tour.
    (I am down with Flu or would do a blog like this too…)
    Have a good weekend Rebby.
    Nylablue sends her *eeowws* to her McDuff. xo
    Sherri-Ellen.

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚

      I’m sorry you’ve got the flu … that’s really too bad!!.
      McDuff sends his purringly to you guys πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks Rebby!! I feel like ‘death warmed up’!!! At least I am getting blogs read & replied to, so there is a small silver lining here….
        Strokes to McDuff & kitteh kisses from Nylablue xo

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