a st. john’s evening

February 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Just over an hour after my mom picked us up at the ferry terminal in Argentia, we arrived at our hotel in downtown St. John’s! Driving into the city, we were already excited to get out and explore. Since we only had about an hour or so of light left, we decided to just drop our stuff off, change clothes, and head somewhere for dinner, seeing a bit of the city on the way.

St. John's Street
We stayed at the Courtyard, which was quite nice and located on a typical downtown St. John’s street.

Bright Houses
I quickly pronounced this street my favourite in St. John’s. It’s one of the most-often photographed, kind of like St. John’s version of those seven pastel-coloured houses in San Francisco. I loved all of the brightly-painted buildings and houses in St. John’s…I’m sure it helps the residents stay cheery through all of the gloomy weather!

Red Building
We actually had gorgeous weather that evening, instead of the usual gloominess! The sun was shining, the sky was cloudless and blue, and all of the bright red paint glistened.

Downtown St. John's
The closeness of the buildings and the sun being so low in the sky made photography a bit difficult that night, but I’m making it work, right?

We ate at Nautical Nellie’s, which isn’t the type of restaurant my mom and I usually pick when we’re together, but it was just perfect after our long ferry ride! I feasted on fish & chips—traditional St. John’s cuisine—and we loved the pub atmosphere.

St. John’s is known for its night life and I was told that in order to really experience St. John’s, I had to explore the legendary George Street after dark, but I hadn’t counted on such an exhausting day. Plus, we had an impossibly early morning scheduled, so we had to take a pass on George Street. Instead, we grabbed some coffee at the appropriately-named Coffee and Company, a wonderful little local café, and headed back to the hotel for some well-deserved and much-needed relaxation.


Entry filed under: Newfoundland, Photos, St. John's.

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