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What I did on my summer vacation! Part 2 – St. John, New Brunswick

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Do you want to know about one of my favorite things on the ship?
I Love the Towel Animals!

I just loved that our towels were made into animals each night! I also enjoyed coming to our stateroom and seeing our decorated door.
We Decorated Our Door

I don’t know if decorating doors is common on most cruises but people certainly did it on this one! It was so much fun to see all of the different designs. Many of the doors were added to during the voyage with trinkets and memories from each port.

Tuesday dawned foggy and we were in St. John, New Brunswick. We had quite the lovely welcoming committee in St. John – greeters who handed out welcome gifts, a band and lots of information about the city. I have to say, St. John is one of the friendliest places I have ever been in my life – everyone was extremely helpful, nice and very proud of their city. It was delightful.

We got off the boat and took a shuttle into town. It dropped us off right in front of the City Market, a delightful place filled with fresh and prepared foods and local crafts.
St. John City Market

The roof of the building was designed to look like a ship’s hull.
St. John City Market

We walked up the market (St. John is hilly!) and out the front entrance and into King’s Square. King’s Square is a lovely park laid out in the shape of the Union Jack. It has lots of monuments…
War Monument

And a fantastic two-storey bandstand/fountain:
Me and the Emperor Bandstand/Fountain

And from King’s Square, you can see all the way down into the harbor (and out massive ship looming in the distance):
The View from King's Square

We left King’s Square and walked over to Queen’s Square, another Union Jack park. It was much less crowded than King’s Square and just as lovely. It was very foggy, I love fog.
Queen's Square

Samuel de Champlain

Then we headed down to see Germain Street, lined with charming houses…
Germain Street

And Prince William Street, the main commercial street.
O Canada!

In 1877 there was a huge fire and much of downtown St. John was destroyed. The city needed to rebuild and they decided to rebuild with style. The city invited famous architects from all over the world to design the buildings on Prince William Street, creating a beautiful hodgepodge of styles – Italianate facades, Corinthian columns, gargoyles, Queen Anne Revival, etc.

While on Prince William Street we stopped into Java Moose, a lovely cafe. As we were drinking our coffee, we struck up a conversation with the barista who was on break. She was a delightful person and gave us some tips for what to see and some history of the city. She obviously loved and knew a lot about her city and it was a treat to get to talk with her.

On her suggestion we headed back up King Street…
St. John is Hilly

To the Old Burial Ground. It was a lovely place with a Beaver Fountain:
The Beaver Fountain

And some beautiful old headstones…
Loyalist Gravestone

Ann Tait

After spending some time sitting and relaxing in the Old Burial Ground we headed over to the Old Courthouse to see the famous spiral staircase. It is a three-storey, unsupported, stone staircase and it’s lovely!
Day 173 - Tuesday, Juy 15th 2008

We also checked out the Museum of New Brunswick, where we saw a fascinating exhibit (recommended by our barista) “No Place for a Lady”.
No Place for a Lady

It was so interesting learning about the experience women had traveling in the 18th – 20th centuries. It took a remarkable sense of courage and adventure for many of these women to set off to such far-flung places. One of my favorite anecdotes was about a woman climbing the Pyramids in Egypt while not wearing her petticoats. One of the other women there gave her dirty looks and scolded her for not being dressed as a lady should but she was the one that was able to get to the top – she then gave the advice “Leave your petticoats in Cairo!” Can you imaging climbing the Pyramids in a full, long dress with a corset? I can’t!

After a lovely day, we got back on the ship…
Saint John, New Brunswick

And I knit on the balcony as the fog rolled in!
Melody's Shawl and Saint John, New Brunswick in the Fog

Later… Halifax and Bar Harbor!

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Author: Marianne Gries

Hi my name is Marianne Gries, welcome to Art is the Handmaid of Human Good. I use this space to write about and share pictures of things that interest me. That includes my life in Lowell, my bike commutes, the food I cook and eat, the beer I drink, my dogs, home improvement projects, vacations, knitting, and interesting things and places I see and visit. Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “What I did on my summer vacation! Part 2 – St. John, New Brunswick

  1. This looked like such a cool cruise. Would you recommend any of the areas for a honeymoon locale? J. and I want to go somewhere cool and quiet, where we can take in culture and do some outdoorsy things, as well as relax.

  2. I’m really glad that you had a good time in Saint John! I’m opening a bookstore on Germain Street, and your blog popped up when I googled the street looking for photos to send to an out-of-town friend. It’s always nice to hear that visitors from the cruise ship enjoyed the city – I love living here! Great photo of the spiral staircase too… my brother and I used to chase each other up and down it!

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