Tales of the Officers – A Night With the St. John’s Haunted Hike

Recently, the officers of the St. John’s Haunted Hike were kind enough to invite me on one of their tours. So on Thursday evening I tagged along on their Ghosties and Ghoulies tour, their classic walk full of spine-tingling tales of local hauntings and crimes through our history. For an hour and a quarter, we wandered the streets of downtown St. John’s, learning all kinds of things that will almost definitely make me rush past certain spots when I’m walking at night.

St. John's Haunted Hike

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go to bed out of it – a night at Leaside Manor

Every year, Liam and I have a joint celebration for our birthdays. This year we chose to spend a night at the beautiful Leaside Manor, and we couldn’t have enjoyed our night more!Leaside Manor Trinity Suite Continue reading

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Modern Nan Goes Nonna: Rome

Modern Nan Goes Nonna

I’m not going to lie. After the way that Florence stole my heart, Rome had a lot of stepping up to do, and I was reluctant to let it in. But between meeting family for the first time, finding new gelato flavours, and following in Tom Hanks’ Angels and Demons footsteps, it was hard to frown at Rome for long.

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Modern Nan goes Nonna: Florence

Modern Nan Goes Nonna

The first time I visited Florence, I knew there was something special about this place; there was something that made me feel connected to it.

And I was right.

Every day we were there I felt more at home, more connected to Florence’s life, Florence’s vibrant energy, and Florence’s history. It felt like an old friend that I was getting reacquainted with. Although it would be hard to choose one part of my trip over another as a favourite, this is where I felt happiest. In Florence, I felt at home.

Santa Maria Novella Florence

Santa Maria Novella, both church and train station

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Modern Nan Goes Nonna: Paris

Modern Nan Goes Nonna

When my mother first brought up the idea of adding a few days in Paris to our trip, I heard nothing but mediocre things. “Paris is dirty,” “I hated it there,” “anymore than three days and you’ll want to get out of there.” Even the weather network lied to me, telling me to expect rain and cool temperatures. I even bought new rubber boots for all the rain I was anticipating between Paris and Dublin! (Luckily they’re cute.) I was starting my trip with low expectations; almost looking ahead to Florence.

Everyone seemed to be so down in the mouth about France, that I was overcome by how much I fell in love with this city. But how could I not, when this is where I was sitting as started writing this entry.

Paris view

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on record – sherman downey and the ambiguous case’s The Sun In Your Eyes

Last week, St. John’s had a beautiful day. It was one of those days where even though you knew spring started ages ago, it was the first day of spring in your heart. The sun was shining, it was nice and warm, and when I drove around with my windows rolled down, there was only one album that fit the day just right.

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case‘s The Sun In Your Eyes.

(Image source) Buy this ray of sunshine here!

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ECMW: the most musical time of the year

Guys, it’s a magical time to be in St. John’s right now. It’s East Coast Music Week here in town! Musicians from all over Atlantic Canada have gathered here to perform, mingle, and share their talents. And during ECMW you can see shows with a half dozen amazing bands at a time, often for less than you’d pay to see one of them on a regular night.

This week honestly makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. Just in case you’re unsure of where to start, here is a collection of bands and shows that I am excited about this weekend!

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news that’s more exciting than me joining a gym today

So, this blog has been a little quiet over the past little while. Getting back in the swing of things after my Nonno’s passing has been difficult.

But I’ve also had something in the works. Something that is important to me, and was important to him. Something that for the month of May, will take Modern Nan in a slightly different direction.

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The Last Supper

Something that newer readers may not know is that I am only half proud Newfoundlander Nan. The other half of me is proud Italian Nonna. There are many correlations between my two cultures, including fierce love of family, a passion for food and cooking, and the deep ties between the two.

On March 10, I lost one of the most importation people in my life. My Nonno (grandfather) passed away just shy of his 88th birthday. Nonno was a funny man who loved his family dearly, and loved to cook for us. He kindled my love of cooking.

Nonno So on the last night we would all be together in his house, we cooked his signature Sunday dinner; a feast to remember.

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top scoff: The Bagel Cafe

Today was a perfect day.

You know the days when like, yeah, it’s still winter, but it’s crisp and clear, chilly but bright, and the only snow falling is like little fluffy cotton balls. That was today.

Today I had to wake up early, for an itty-bitty shift: 8 am to noon. The early rise and the early finish meant that I had the day at my leisure. So once I roused Liam out of bed, there was only one thing to do. Head straight downtown for a stroll in the sun, and brunch at the Bagel Cafe.

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