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St John Newfoundland, August 5, 2008
We arrived in St John around 11:30am to an overcast sky with a heavy mist coming down. By the time we completed docking and were allowed off the ship, the drizzle had stopped. St John is a lovely little town, but be prepared for walking up hill. And some are very steep. We wandered around the town a bit and finally found the tourist center, as we really wanted to go out to the fishing village of Quidi Vidi and visit the brewery there. After getting directions to pick up the bus that went out there, it was another uphill climb to the bus stop.
When the bus arrived we asked if he would accept US dollars (the fare was $2.25 one way), and he said no but after we told him we were from the Maasdam he let us board for no charge. Arriving at the village, we had to walk down a steep hill into the village, and then up a small hill to the brewery. We had just missed a tour, and had to wait for almost an hour for the next one. We decided to buy a couple of their beers to try out, and then walked around a bit before heading back up the hill to catch the bus back into St John.
Arriving back at the ship around 5pm we went up to the Lido to get a bite to eat and then hit the Thermal Spa. Around 6:45pm we departed St John headed for St Pierre and the weather report is predicting rain