More about beautiful Newfoundland
08.09.2011 62 °F
My first post about Newfoundland was a bit abbreviated, so I wanted to add a little more. Rose Blanche, the town (and lighthouse) pictured in the first post is *not* named after a woman. The name is a transliteration of the French, "Roche Blanche," after the white granite in the area, which was used in building the lighthouse.
You'll see a couple of photos of rocks that have been painted and inscribed... these are just a few examples of many rocks that have recently been created and placed all around Port aux Basques by the local teens, in memory of a friend who was killed this past summer in a hit-and-run accident.
I have been on the receiving end of the legendary Newfoundlanders' welcoming hospitality, and I have to say that it is all you've heard, and more. From drivers *always* stopping to let you cross the road, to a friendly "good morning" or "hello" from all you pass in the street, to being invited to dinner by a new acquaintance - visitors couldn't be made to feel more welcome.
I do have to put a plug in for the B&B I stayed at whilst in Port aux Basques: 'Radio Station' B&B, run by George and Jocelyn Gillam. The place is charming, full of color, and run by some truly lovely people who go out of their way to make you feel like family. Also, it's just across from the ferry terminal, so is quite handy!
Yep... going to miss this place, and I only got to see a very small part of this island. I encourage anyone looking for a different, interesting, beautiful, friendly place to visit - make it Newfoundland!
Next stop - back to Halifax!
p.s. Pronounce Newfoundland: Noo-fun-LAND