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What a trip!
I was on The Rock for less than 120 hours; I think I managed to squeeze in quite a bit in that short time. I thought today’s column would be a recap of the many suggestions I received in the days leading up to my visit. Before I started to write, I decided to go over the emails I received from you before the trip. That’s when I came across this beautifully crafted letter from Pat Neary.
Pat’s passion for Newfoundland is so profound, that her words danced across the screen as I read her email. I thought I would share her letter with you:
Dear Ms. Day,
I am thrilled that you are visiting the place where my heart lives! While in St. John’s, try to see the Basilica, the “Veiled Virgin” in the Convent adjacent to the Basilica, The Rooms, The Geo-Centre, the trail around Quidi Vidi Lake, the village of Quidi Vidi, the seals at the lab in Logy Bay, the castle over the hill from the lab, the view of the harbour and other parts of the city from The Rooms. If you have time, try to arrange a tour with Legends, which takes you outside the city to Cape Spear and Petty Harbour. Also, try to arrange an evening of entertainment with The Spirit of Newfoundland dinner theatre – very talented performers and a good dinner to boot!
If you have time, try to visit the Northern Peninsula – Lance Aux Meadows (sic), St. Anthony, and the many other small communities along that shore. There is so much to see in the province that it could take at least a month to hit the highlights from the West Coast to the East Coast. It would probably take another month to go to Labrador's Red Bay and the many small towns along that shore, and that doesn’t include the Torngat Mountains!
Newfoundland is one of Nature’s gifts to mankind! The scenery is absolutely stunning and awe inspiring. The weather, on the other hand, can be difficult – however, it has also contributed to the growth of the open-hearted, kind, and generous people who live there!
Enjoy your trip!
Sincerely, Pat Neary
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my few days in Newfoundland. It was eight years since my last visit; I will not wait eight more before returning to this gem of an island.
I will end with one of my favourite Dr. Seuss quotes: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
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