July 3, 2019
Well, sad to say, this is our last port before we reach New York. It has been an amazing trip. I will still have a post tomorrow about our Around the World cocktail party and Farewell Gala Dinner as well as the July 4 festivities.
Today we are in Saint John, New Brunswick. It was a bit foggy for our sail in this morning but then the fog cleared and it was a beautiful day.
They have a market set up in a tent on the pier next to the ship. There was a duo playing and singing. The woman had a beautiful voice.
We walked around the town and saw these painted salmon in many spots. Each one had a different pattern and they were painted by different artists.
There are really beautiful craft shops here (and in all of the Canadian ports we visited). We browsed around in them and marveled at the talent on display. Nice place for Norm to wait for me as I shop!
We spent some time in the Saint John City Market which is sort of a small version of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. It was constructed in 1876 and narrowly escaped the devastating fire of 1877 which makes it the oldest continuously operating farmer’s market in Canada. The roof was designed to resemble the inverted keel of a ship since Saint John was a leading shipbuilding center at the time. Food, crafts, fresh produce, meats, fish, etc. on display.
Looks like it is strawberry rhubarb pie season here!
Dulse is a kind of seaweed. I never heard of it before today.
Further up the hill from the market is Saint John’s Square, a small but beautiful park. The square was designed in 1848 in the pattern of the Union Jack to express the city founders’ loyalty to England. Just across the street is the Old Loyalist Burial Ground. We spent time in both – very peaceful here.
The city is quite hilly, and very charming.
Here are two pictures from Marie and Ken’s party on Sunday. And Henry shared the video he made – which I know I can’t post from the ship, but will put it on the blog when we get back to Philadelphia.