Photo 101: Castle in the Clouds (landmark)

I finally got to take some pictures outside my house! Betcha you guys were beginning to think I never went outside but I do get out; sometimes…


I think I may have mentioned this before but the place I love and currently call home is Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. We are Canada’s most easterly province and home to the most easterly point in North America – Cape Spear.  We even have our very own time zone! Affectionately known as the “rock” the island of Newfoundland is surrounded on all sides by the Atlantic ocean, has a history steeped in tradition and is home to some of the friendliest people on the planet.

Although I’ve always lived in Newfoundland I haven’t always called the capital city of St. john’s my home. I grew up on the southern shore in the little fishing town of St. Lawrence; I’m what Newfoundlanders like to call a bay girl.  Even now after living in “‘town” (st. john’s) for 10 years it seems I’m still not considered a townie, perhaps it’s true what they say; you can take the girl out of the bay but you can’t take the bay out of the girl and that just fine by me.

That being said I did still spend my summers in town; a treat for a girl who lived in a place with no mall, movie theater or even a corporately owned grocery store which brings me in a round about way back to my Landmark; Signal hill and Cabot tower stands tall, above the harbor of St. John’s and to a little girl with a wild imagination it was a little like a castle in the clouds.

DSC01764(not the greatest picture because I was losing the light; those white spots are not camera noise or an issue with my lens…it actually started to snow!)

Fun Facts;

Construction on Cabot Tower began in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s landfall in 1497. The building was declared officially open in 1900. The practical uses of the building were flag mast signalling, and a Marconi wireless station which has since been moved to St. John’s International Airport.

On 12 December 1901, the first transatlantic wireless transmission was received here byGuglielmo Marconi in an abandoned fever and diphtheria hospital, which has since been destroyed by fire.[1] The transmission, in Morse code, originated from his Poldhu Wireless Station, Cornwall, UK.

The United States maintained anti-aircraft guns on the hill during World War II.(wiki)

The history of the tower is really interesting and it’s beautiful site, perfect for picnics and sight seeing; you get a great view of the harbor and down town from that vantage point – probably why it was such an important place during the war. To me though it will always be a castle filled with dreams of heroic knights, brave princesses and of course dragons.


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