Before I start, here is a nice interactive gazetteer of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In St.John’s there are two little fishing villages within 5-10 minutes walk of Water Street. One is the Battery Village in the Narrows. The other is Quidi Vidi village. There used to be two ways of pronouncing it; the first was by making the first I in each word long and pronouncing the second I in each word as a short A. The more common one today is with a short I in the first syllable of each word, and with the second I as a long E.
To further complicate things, there is great uncertainty about the origin of the name, and also about the language it came from. As far as I know, this still hasn’t been settled to anyone’s satisfaction.
Parenthetically, there is a similar controversy about the origin of Bay d’Espoir on the South Coast of Newfoundland. It is generally agreed that the current form is of French origin, but there is a strong possibility that it is a derivation of either Basque or Portugese. Also, depending on the spelling, it could mean either of Bay of Hope, Bay of Despair, or Bay of Spirits. Given the mystical look of the bay in a fog or drizzle, with the dark and high headlands, and occasional beams of light poking through, I prefer Spirits (no pun intended).
Anyway, that’s what comes of letting French, Spanish, Portugese, Basques, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, Mi’kmaq, Inuit and a few other peoples mess around with names and each other for over half a millenium.
Sunset. You cant tell there’s a city nearby.
Quidi Vidi Lake, looking east towards the village and the harbour.
Quidi Vidi Gut.
Yes, people still fish here.
Fish store on a stage. I think the little white building on the right is obviously a …
Can’t see the forest for the tree.
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