Port Union

For our union amigos, Port Union, Newfoundland has the distinct honor of being “the only union-built town” in North America.  And from the look of things in the salt cod industry, they needed it!  The salt cod industry is no more, but back in the day, cod fisherman were paid pennies (literally) for hundreds of pounds of processed fish.  They could never get ahead and often owed the merchant at the end of the year.

For Dog Fans – The Newfoundland

We asked a few locals, but they didn’t seem to know off the top of their heads – what were Newfoundlands bred for?   So, to Wikipedia we went.  Answer:  they were supreme work and rescue dogs for fisherman.  Newfoundlands are phenomenal swimmers with webbed toes and an oily coat to protect them from icy oceans.  Our puppy friend below is simply too cute for words.  More details about the Newfoundland dog and pictures of how large these doggies can get.Newfie Dog

Fishing Villages

Newfoundland is photographic eye candy.  We’re back on the road today after seeking refuge in a hotel from torrential downpours.  We leave you with a few scenes from the province’s fishing lifestyle.

Newfoundland Rocks!

For the geology fans out there, Newfoundland boasts some of Earth’s oldest and most unique fossils and rocks, dating back billions of years.  Scientists have used its geology to trace the planet’s history and prove continental drift.

New Brunswick

A Tribute to Canadian Awesome

canada_is_awesomeWe’re not sure when the awesome campaign began, but whenever it started, we agree.  We’re having quite the awesome time hanging out with our neighbors to the north.  We’re working on our photographic examples of Canadian awesomeness.  In the meantime, click here for the top 10 reasons Canadians are so awesome.  DO NOT miss the video at reason #6, where you’ll get a good dose of Canadian humor and learn the Canadian national anthem to boot.


O Canada!

Canadian FlagThe Atlantic Provinces tour is underway. July 1 we made the eight hour drive from Boston to St. John, New Brunswick just in time for Canada Day festivities and…World Cup action at a local sports bar! USA lost to Belgium but the team put up a good fight.  How aboat that goalie Tim Howard, eh?

Autumn Snapshots

Madrid Gay Pride 2013

We were lucky to be within walking distance of Madrid’s biggest party last Saturday.  The parade grooved up a crowd packed Paseo Prado.  Paper fans for the 95 degree heat provided by McDonald’s.