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Old 06-18-2010, 07:12 AM   #61
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Sharon, Not Susan but Sushi. Looks delicious! U decided to rest up by not using your rig. Are you heading South afterward? Will want to use your route not in too distant future. Looks adventurous in spite of cold weather. Not me! BRAVO!!!
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:25 AM   #62
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Thanks for the second map. It provides depth and meaning to the whole picture for me!!!

And...The FOOD! Wow, that last picture really got to me. That there my friend is MY kind of food.

I'm enjoying your history lessons and as usual---your RR.

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Old 06-18-2010, 09:28 AM   #63
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Thanks for the second map. It provides depth and meaning to the whole picture for me!!!

And...The FOOD! Wow, that last picture really got to me. That there my friend is MY kind of food.

I'm enjoying your history lessons and as usual---your RR.

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+1 on that one....wow...gourmet food!mmmmmmmmmmmm!
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:49 AM   #64
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Sharon, Not Susan but Sushi. Looks delicious! U decided to rest up by not using your rig. Are you heading South afterward? Will want to use your route not in too distant future. Looks adventurous in spite of cold weather. Not me! BRAVO!!!
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Hi Popeye..

Our intention is to return from the Island tomorrow after having immersed ourselves within this wonderful culture here. Planning to get to St. Johns for a day or 2 then take the 14 hr ferry back to the mainland. You must come here..rain...shine...ice...moose..., pronto...come in August...but the ICEBERGS will have long gone in becoming icecubes for your coke!

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Old 06-18-2010, 12:16 PM   #65
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So if I take the ferry over there I get a French stamp on my passport?

Next Wednesday I am on my way up there.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:34 PM   #66
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So if I take the ferry over there I get a French stamp on my passport?

Next Wednesday I am on my way up there.
You're upbound from where? Maybe we'll rendezvous along the Cabot Trail?? Darn, we're coming inbound to the mainland at North Sidney, NS on Wednesday too. 14 hr trip from Argentia, NFLD on Tuesday.

Yep, one sometimes has to ask for "Le Stamp" to be stamped....
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:09 PM   #67
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I'm running from Colorado to Des Moines and then north from Des Moines. I haven't decided if I will go up through Thunder Bay, ON and across or cut over to Sault Ste. Marie and head east yet but I don't have to decide that until Friday morning. You will probably be long gone by the time I get there. I should be in Happy Valley/Goose Bay on Tuesday and then Phase III on Wednesday if all goes right so Newfoundland on Thursday July 1st is a possibility.

Keep posting these nice tips though, I am taking notes.
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:22 PM   #68
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All About Town....

Another day on St. Pierre...wanted to immerse ourselves in the local culture and it's local fare.

This morning the island was enshrouded in fog and so was the rest of all fogged-in Wi-Fi's here. Hardly anything could be sent off island at warp speed although we had 5 bars showing. I guess it goes to mainland France then bounces back to the Smugmugs USA?? Hmmnnn....

Everything is open come 0800-1200 hrs but closed for lunch from 1200-1300 hrs so that the folks can be home with the kids, wife and for that matter. The whole Town is a Ghosttown, not a soul in sight until 1300-1330 hrs! It's all ISLAND TIME...take it easy....wooo...we did



Our BB....





For those Francophile Auto lovers...


Citroens; Renaults; Peugeots; Opel....

Court House..



Someone petitioned to get married...any disputes??....then a license is issued for the public to view of who marries WHO...



Village Cathedral



Town Square Memorial honoring seafaring Mariners..



Like I said we got fogged in and it hardly lifted for the day as a warm southern breeze came up to meet the cold, cold Atlantic...





St. Pierre's Coast Guard...



Local French School kids...Wi-Fi's; Ipads; Textings;...phones, etc also are the norm here...



Here is an example of the hours of operation of stores; bars; restaurants..which is pretty standard...no exception. Family is nummero uno!



We wanted to add another day here; get involved with the daily lifes of the lovely locals...so were told to go to a Bar to get the Ferry ticket changed.
In a bar....woooo....yep!..go there and he'll post your change on the Laptop to be send to Les Marinerie on the docks for tomorrows departure at 1445 hrs....



Will change schedule with the purchase of a Beer... ; no, just kidding...



The bartender who's the owners son wanted to hear our travels and was proud to show off his Suzuki crotch machine...parked in the Bar



More about Town...







The French Flag proudly flies at the Town Square which also had a commemorative ceremony honoring Gen. Charles DeGaulle...





At Attention...





We participated in the event...





Madame Magistrate...



To be continued...

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Old 06-18-2010, 02:30 PM   #69
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Back on line....?? to be continued....

Mesdames & Messieurs...

After you labor posting the narrative and pictures this darn photo-uploader goes bongers.....in the middle of having to wait for 2 hours for a camera to Smugmug download and then phffffffff....grrrrrrrrr!!!!

Part of the mystery surrounding this Island I guess and the Adventure is still on.

Just lost the Islands internet....


SMUGMUG is down?



Will resume when the FOG ??...lifts

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Old 06-18-2010, 02:54 PM   #70
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The bartender who's the owners son wanted to hear our travels and was proud to show off his Suzuki crotch machine...parked in the Bar


Very nice report, give me the will to visit this lost French territory, so close from where I live in NY, well on a map!
I was wondering how this poor rider can enjoy his bike on a 10 sq miles island?
Why did you not bring your rig on the island!
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:10 PM   #71
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The FOG has lifted .......

Le General of St. Pierre talking to the local future St. Pierre kiddie generation..



We decided to follow the procession with the Town folks...





Le Captain de Gendarmerie...and his Madam...



Memorial of the fallen of St. Pierre who have served in the wars...











Sharon meeting with Le General of the Town of St. Pierre/Miquelon....quite an honor having shaken hands with such a high ranking French individual. Sharon got goosepimples....



Back into Town..





We strolled along the wharf spying for some lunch...and came upon some offshore blue water sailboats. Reminds us of our former days when we went blue water sailing ourselves....









If you happen to be a sailor or know the story of Eric Tabarly who participated in many races around the world but sadly was claimed by an accident board his boat. He's with Neptune now....
This quay was named in his honor.

You can visit the story here: http://www.sailing.org/halloffame/21218.php





Hate to end this somber story ...then go to

...... lunch.....

NOT a good feeling...

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Old 06-18-2010, 06:04 PM   #72
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Very nice report, give me the will to visit this lost French territory, so close from where I live in NY, well on a map!
I was wondering how this poor rider can enjoy his bike on a 10 sq miles island?
Why did you not bring your rig on the island!
Twintwin....

Wondered about where can he could ride on this speck of land??? Well, he's the son of a Hotelier, Bar, and Restaurant owner on the Island who has clout. Might also be friends of Le General and Le Captaine de Gendarmerie....so he gets to show off the big toys while everyone else hops around on a scooter.

The Island does not allow visiting vehicles to be ferried and no provisions are made to have a car ferry from Fortune, NL. Only French citizens who reside there are allowed motorized vehicles.
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:05 PM   #73
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Smugmug on the fritz again....
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:37 PM   #74
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The Lunch and Dinner....

Smugmug is finally back again...and hope it stays locked

I know, i know...lots of food being displayed sans bike and sidecar. Well, the rig is on the ROCK and motorized vehicles are not allowed to be ferried here and there is no car ferry.

Regarding food....you know the French who take eating seriously: presentation; taste; time to finish a meal; complimenting the Le Chef...never goes out of style compared to us Americans who simply fill our colons with stuff my dog would'nt even eat. Well, we eat mostly corporate foods and feed our dogs corporate dog foods as well..while here everything is local and they share their masters dish...hmmnnnn...man's best and loyal friend bred on Alpo????, not here!

The chefs are celebrated here for their genuine creative cuisine and one simply has to come here without having to fly to Paris at great expense. It is just that we had to taste everything that comes from the earth and sea of this island and what a delight it has been. Oh, yes...we gained a few Kg


Le Lunch...


Brochette au Boeuf



Buurppp...was so full forgot what it was..but delicioso..

Poulet a la something...



2100 hrs dinner...

Appetizer

La Soupe l'oignon gratinee



La Terrine de St. Jacques et Crevettes, creme d'estragon



Main Entree

Le Grand Magret de Canard sauce Plattebiere de Miquelon



La Pollee de Rogous de veau facon grand-mere




Oh, man....

Buenos Noche...uh, eh too much Biere..I mean Bonne Nuit, agreables reves!

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Old 06-18-2010, 06:46 PM   #75
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Actually, the "General" looks like a Préfet (Prefect) to me. IOW, he is a civilian (prefects are representatives in the provinces of the French government).

And, although Tabarly was indeed lost at sea (I think his body washed ashore in southern England a few weeks later), it was not the Southern Seas but the Irish sea, long after his transatlantic sailing victories.
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