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Life in the fast and slow lanes after SIXTY-FIVE

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

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The bus dropped us, the last of the new arrivals at Glynmill Inn, a white and green Tudor Style building. Our accommodations were pleasant, old world and tasteful. We had a sitting-room, a fridge, a bar sink and coffee maker, but no safe; a bedroom in another room and a bathroom. Though a small suite, the beds were heaven, but the pillows too plump for sleeping—at least for me.

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Food wasn’t supplied for this night. A boiled egg before leaving home and a homemade sandwich at the airport while we waited for the flight made for empty tummies. Francis, our guide, had explained where to find restaurants on West Street, the main street in town. We had enough choices and were disappointed the business area seemed miniscule. Along the way we passed two Chinese eateries, one closed until further notice, and a third tiny one. Other offerings were a pizza takeout; Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC); a yogurt place; Tim Hortons Coffee shop, and a wine-making outfit. As well close by were an A&W burger place, Shopper’s Drug Mart and an Esso Gas Station. A whimsical white building tucked back from the street drew our attention: a catering business with a café attached and a couple tables with chairs.

This statue and plaques were in front of some government buildings along the way.

We settled for Chinese, but should have listened to a couple we passed (from our tour group) coming back from dinner. One order would have been enough between us. What a waste, but we weren’t hungry anymore.

I'm the wind-blown looker in purple. Oh yeah, and my sister.

I’m the wind-blown looker in purple. Oh yeah, and my sister.

I have a question. Why do many Chinese restaurants have washroom facilities at the Exit sign, down a long flight of stairs and longer hallway? They always give me the creeps. One may well meet an unsavory customer in this bowel of the earth.

Friday night and on vacation, we had to find a liquor store. After dinner Mary accosted approached a woman unloading her car in front of the catering establishment.

“What is it you want?” She pointed to the Esso Gas Station. “You can buy beer at all gas stations, but wine only in a liquor store.”

“Is there one within walking distance? We don’t have a car.”

She pointed to a tall building in the distance where we’d find a mall and a liquor store next to it.

Behind the inn, stairs led a long way down to the water’s edge. With time to kill and the improvement in weather, my sister and I decided to explore the walking trails and maybe find our way to the tall landmark on the hill and a bottle of wine.

Long stairs to the water’s edge (The Humber River).IMG_1446

Our target: the tall white building (our landmark).

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The path is long, but the way is scenic.

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Feathered friends enjoy the water.

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A bridge to cross.

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Intent on our goal, we crossed the bridge and met a fork in the road. Which way? Another walker, a smiling young lady came towards us. I suppose we looked lost or out of place. She was from Australia, but knew Corner Brook. “Not this way. You want to go there.” She pointed in the opposite direction.

“But the white building in that way.”

“Trust me.”

Quick Facts:

  • Corner Brook population about 20,000
  • 1986 First sighting of coyote in Newfoundland (but they don’t chase moose)
  • Newfoundland Pony has unique DNA
  • 1997 declared Heritage Breed of Newfoundland and Labrador

Next on October 16:  Don’t Panic. A Walk to Remember

© 2015 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles. All Rights Reserved.

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

52 thoughts on “Corner Brook, Newfoundland

  1. Looks like a lovely trip and beautiful settings. That’s funny about bathrooms in Chinese restaurants. I’m trying to remember anything different and am drawing a blank. 🙂

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  2. Wonderful pictures, as always! I bet that hotel room was quite spacious compared to the ones you had in China. 🙂

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  3. She would have given you a ride if you’d offered to buy her a bottle.

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  4. Yahoo – another great travel story. Can’t wait for the next. Funny that your last trip was to China and your first restaurant in Newfoundland was Chinese!

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  5. Well, did you get the bottle or is that for next time?

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  6. Beautiful photos! .. oh yes, and the lookers in the first photo too 🙂

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  7. I can’t believe you’ve gone on two trips and I’m still waiting for my first. I love Newfoundland. I could easily enjoy traveling there.

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  8. You wanted Chinese food in Newfoundland? I thought you just spent 150 years in China. I finally did a little traveling myself. I went to the mall 6 miles from where I live. Glad to be back home.

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  9. What busy people you were. Seems you hardly need a tour guide to get you around. Interesting you chose Chinese food.

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  10. Gorgeous pictures Tess. Wow, feels like being there. 🙂
    Funny, I can think of at least one Indian restaurant like that too, but yummy food. 😉
    Thanks for sharing your trip. 🙂
    Hope this weekend treats you well. 🙂

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  11. This sounds like my kind of walk. A motivating goal. Lovely photos as well Tess. I really felt like I was right there with you.

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  12. It looks so lovely and peaceful.

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  13. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    For those of you, like myself, who are suffering withdrawal symptoms from our extended trip in China, take heart. Tess Karlinski is now taking us on a scenic tour of Newfoundland.. yeah.

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  14. Sounds like a great little place. Can´t wait to hear if you got to the tall white building. Was the Chinese food anything like what you ate in China?

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  15. Lovely walk. I bet it helped you and your sister digest your dinner. 🙂

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  16. I’d like the walk in daylight, did you make it back before dark? I wouldn’t do it for wine though 🙂

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  17. I’m with you, Tess — I’d walk a mile for the wine! 😀 But you’ve left me with a cliffhanger (admittedly i’m not the trusting type) — with that “Trust me” comment.
    You always make me feel like I’m there with you. This is such a beautiful place. Mega hugs!

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  18. Reblogged this on Annette Rochelle Aben.

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  19. Walking along the Humber River along that paved path looks so inviting. With all the rivers and streams in Tennessee, it irks me that there aren’t more walking paths like the one you visited.

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  20. Yay! Another travelogue by Tess! I’ve never been to Newfoundland and am so glad you and your sister did the trip—now we “Armchair travellers” can do the trip with you! Thanks for posting pictures and comments and facts. 🙂

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  21. Ah yes toilets in Chinese restaurants, i wish I had the answer about why they do that, put them so far away. Very pretty scenery, thank you for sharing you wind swept looker you 😉

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  22. It looks like a beautiful area. I guess we’re going to find out what happened in your next post? 🙂
    I haven’t found that to be true about Chinese restaurants in general. I think it depends where they are located, and maybe the age of the building.

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  23. Beautiful and fun as always. I love your trip so far. I am so with you on Chinese restaurants and bathrooms, what in the world is up with that?

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  24. the room alone makes me want to visit!

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  25. Lovely photos and a lovely trip. I’ve never been to Newfoundland. Wrote about it when I was young in school. Once I’m back in the States, I may have to trek up there, see it for myself…and get one of those huge plates of Chinese!

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  26. It looks beautiful, Tess 🙂 Great photos!

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  27. Tess, you stories always have a way of taking us with you. I can tell you one thing about my travels: I never go anywhere, whether for a night or a long vacation, without my own pillow. 🙂

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  28. Typical; we have sage advice for others and forget ourselves. 🙂

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  29. Glad you were able to find something good to eat, Tess. The place sounds like a bit of a ghost town. No wonder that restroom was where it was. However, lovely scenery and look forward to hearing about the rest of the walk next time. I just hope you make it to the tall white building before dark.

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  30. I think that is a beautiful picture of you two! And the only important thing here, DID you find the wine ? And lovely trails indeed.

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  31. Ahh Tess, you’ve been on your travels again and it looks as if I’ve missed a whole ton of your posts 😦 You are ahead of me, I haven’t even got to my travel posts about France yet…I feel more behind than ever since returning to blogging and am desperate to get to my edits. I am unable to keep up with blogging in the same as before either, just impossible, but you can be sure I will always check in on you 🙂 Love, love, love the photo of you and your sister….two beautiful ladies having a fab time, your smiles say it all 😀 ❤ ❤ ❤ 😀

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  32. I agree you both look fabulous in the picture. Looking forward to learning plenty about Newfoundland. Now I’ll have to check every Chinese restaurant I go too (although I don’t go to many…) 🙂

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  33. I find the facilities are buried in the dungeons, not only in Newfoundland but also where I live. Even some other kinds of restaurant do as well, not just Chinese. 🙂
    Thanks for your sweet words, and for reading and commenting, Olga. Nice to see you.

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  34. Fabulous photos! I hope you got to the wine store before it closed! 🙂

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  35. Tess – Your photos are getting better and better and btw – I adore the photo with your sister. You, my dear, look absolutely smashing. You’d never know you’d been traveling all day. That’s a photo to crop out to use on a brochure when you decide to lead exclusive tours with a small & intimate group of pre-screened paying guests. [There’s a great market at the present time – 55+ with money to burn]. Unfortunately I don’t fall in that bracket.
    And, should you be thinking you haven’t been to enough exotic places to be a tour guide, let me set your mind at ease. Once Dad and I took one of those planned American Express Tours in Paris and surrounding countryside because I had flown to France before my job there was to start so didn’t have access to a vehicle. I wanted to become more familiar with the city and Dad was always up for an adventure and he was well into his 70’s by then.
    Long story short, we left from Germany and the tour was fine but we hadn’t been in France but about 30 minutes and I knew our tour guide had never been to France, let alone Paris. To make matters even more interesting, the driver had never driven in France! I didn’t say anything until other passengers were getting restless. I’d already done a great deal of research for my up-coming job and the tour guide was pulling out her hair from frustration. Here’s where YOU come in. I took over being the tour leader – having never been a tour leader but having read a lot about the area – Dad took the driver under his wing since dad was familiar with large 18 wheeler cattle trucks and we all got along well. We managed to squeeze in an extra day of sight-seeing that wasn’t even planned. We had a great time and the people on the tour were wonderful.
    If I can do it – you my dear are a sure thing!

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  36. Beautiful photos, Tess. It sounds as though you had quite an amazing adventure.

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