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.
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.
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!
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!
Later… Halifax and Bar Harbor!