“Encore je ne veux pas trop en parler, les Parisiens n’auraient qu’à se mettre à aimer mon petit coin”
Marcel Proust, A la Recherche du Temps Perdu, Sodome et Gomorrhe p.972 ed La Pléiade
Canada was my first stay away from home for more than a year in 1984 and it has always remained close to my heart. As a kid, I grew up humming La Complainte du Phoque en Alaska
I have been back to Canada several times since 1984, I even planned a meeting in my beloved Montreal when I was a conference organizer in the 1990s, and since 2013, I’ve been coming back every year.
Whales are everywhere yet not easy to see…I just glimpsed a couple of tails here and there but beware….This year, apart from the usual tiques, rabies was menacing and a white shark was sighted near St Andrews…adding up some adrenaline to a 12 degrees Celsius daily swim….!
I have now reached this point in my life where I enjoy returning to a home away from home and this is definitely a little stone cottage on a remote island called….Grand Manan and its delightful spots such as Dark Harbour, the Anchorage, the Swallowtail lighthouse and so much more….every corner here hides a gem!
What I love on Grand Manan Is the simplicity of life the choice between at a maximum of four restaurants [on the tube in the evenings!], No invasion of the commercial companies, The total security of the place where no one looks his doors, the simple life!
The only cultural event I attended where the very informative evenings organized by the Grand Manan Museum. All I do there is relaxing, reading, writing, swimming and a bit of hiking…. It’s a kind of a retreat surrounded by friendly people such as my landlords who make sure I only eat organic vegetables 😉
However, before reaching it this year, after my traditional landing in Montreal and short stay in Sutton which always includes a moment of delight at Balnea resort
and two fabulous days in Antigonish exploring the nearby Isle Madame and subsequent tour of the amazing Cabot Trail, then heading back to my island via Grand Pré and Digby all pictures of which are just a click away!
Then after 3 weeks which went away in a blink of blessed bliss, with the notable visit of my always intellectually stimulating friend and New Brunswick neighbour prof. Fernand de Varennes (Dean of the Moncton University Faculty of Law)
But my last visit to that part of Atlantic Canada prior to reaching Sutton to gain via the US at the Maine boarder was again for an Acadian site, the very first settlement of the French community in the region, Sainte Croix:
I have posted most of my Bangor visit on my school blog and here are some final glimpses of my…. I seem to be lacking superlatives to describe the beauty experienced…so here it goes,