As we prepare to take our leave of the U.P., it’s necessary that we make sure we partake of a quintessentially U.P. delicacy, the Pastie. This delicious complete meal in one neat pastry package pays tribute to the highly skilled hard rock miners from Cornwall England who came to work the copper mines in these parts, we’re not far from the Nonesuch or Old Victoria, and their wives who would prepare and pack these hearty meals in the miners’ lunch tins to heat over a candle and eat in the darkness of the mine at midday. Syl’s Cafe in Ontonagon, Michigan gets around the rutabaga or potato issue by including both. We ordered the mini version which was more than enough. But we still found a little room to share Syl’s Oreo Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae.




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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.