Zoe D'Amato at Fêtes de la Nouvelle France, Quebec
Fêtes de la Nouvelle France / New France Festival (August 4th – 8th, 2011)
One thing has remained constant in the heritage of Quebec City: It has always been the heart and soul of French North America.
Globe Trekker Zoe D’Amato visits Old Quebec and travels back . . . → Read More: Celebrating the soul of French America
Zoe D'Amato at the Iceberg Vodka Distillery, Newfoundland
Twelve thousand years before bartenders started serving up frosty vodka and tonics, the principle ingredient of an unusual Canadian liquor had already begun its formation. The aptly named Iceberg Vodka is the only vodka in the world made from icebergs, a source of water so pure . . . → Read More: “Death Row” for icebergs
1 victim (a foreign one)
1 native Newfoundlander or more (only ones allowed to perform the ceremony)
A real fish (preferably a cod – but any whole fish will do – just make sure it’s dead).
A Sou’Wester (or pink woolly hat?)
A bottle of Screech Rum
The ceremony host has the victim stand in front of a group . . . → Read More: The “Screech In” Ceremony
Zoe gets "“screeched in"
Yay! Lucky Globe Trekker Zoe D’Amato gets to kiss a cod (dead one) and swig the local rum…
Cod kissing “Screech In” Ceremony is a traditional seafaring way of welcoming outsiders to Newfoundland Island. It’s also the best possible way of going native, that is if you weren’t born there. If you survive . . . → Read More: Cod kissing and rum swigging
Grand Staircase, Ryan Mansion
Yesterday our Eastern Canada crew visited Ryan Mansion in St. John’s, Newfoundland Island. This historic home was built by James Ryan during the period between 1909 and 1911 – which is around the same time as the Titanic. Ryan was probably the wealthiest man in Newfoundland and no expense was spared during . . . → Read More: The Titanic Staircase