Monday, August 9, 2010

Creeping Back after the Holiday

Wow! A week has passed already since my last post. I figured I should make the effort to pop in and say hello. The day was long so I'll keep the post short. First days back to work after holidays really suck.

V and myself took the ferry across to the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon just south of the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland. It has a population of about 6200, with 90% living in the town of Saint-Pierre. The colony has bounced between French and English hands several times since the 1500's but has been under continual French rule since 1815. It was a thriving fishing community in the 1800's and also had several years of prosperity, between 1920 and 1933, during the prohibition as it was a base for the smuggling of alcohol to both Canada and America. Al Capone is said to have stayed in the same hotel we stayed in. Cool.

I shall post some commentary and photos of Saint Pierre once the camera guru downloads the photos using some sort of camera voodoo.

17 comments:

Cathy Olliffe said...

Welcome back, Alan! We all missed you around here. Can't wait to see the photo voodoo.

abrokenlaptop said...

Al Capone and Alan Davidson. Sounds like a dangerous combination!

-Mercedes

Natalie L. Sin said...

Ah, a history rich in booze lore is always good : )

Bukowski's Basement said...

Man... you got the vacation blues. I know how it is. I feel for ya, brother...

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Welcome back and I'm glad you had a great time. Looking forward to some pix

Michael Solender said...

Nice..now on my list of places to visit. Thx Alan..

David Barber said...

Good to see you back, Alan, and I look forward to your post with pics.

BTW, you didn't see my book rowing itself to Scotland did you, when you were on the island? Haha! :-)

Laura Eno said...

Did you channel some Al Capone while you were there? Can't wait for the photo voodoo!

Laurita said...

So good to see you back. Get that camera voodoo on the go and post those pictures. We want details of your trip to that little piece of France.

katey said...

Oh sounds gorgeous! Welcome back!

Kat said...

Sweet. Welcome back Alan! :)

Alan W. Davidson said...

Cathy- I shall try to whip something together.

Mercedes- You say such nice things (the check is in the mail...)

Nat- I hear ya. The shelves in the liquor store were stocked with all sorts of schtuff.

Ant- Very perceptive. I'll get over it in a few days. Maybe

Gillian- A good time in a unique place. I shall dig up the pics soon. I shall make you all sit through a 800 pic slide show. Muwhahahahah...

Michael- A nice weekend getaway to be sure. I understand you can fly direct from Montreal and Halifax as well. I know, they are a long way from Charlotte.

David- Nary a sign of your book. I'm thinking the wee man has got to be half way across the Atlantic in his dory by now!

Laura- Sadly, no channeling occured. We either did a lot of walking, ate fancy French meals or slept in exhaustion.

Laurita- Thanks. Watch out or you will have to sit through the 600 pic slideshow as well!

Katey- Thanks. It was really nice (despite the rain and fog). Two full days there is plenty, though.

Kat- Thanks plenty!

Entre Nous said...

Ditto on missin' ya! Everytime you do a post like this one I regret standing on the opposite shore, staring at Newfoundland, and not getting on the darn ferry. *sigh* I must return. On my way back I went down the seaway, saw a really neat air museum, and stayed at the cutest little motel, with seriously rare rock formations just behind in, and directly on the river.

You bring me to new places 'up there' I cannot go to just yet!

Joni

Jen Brubacher said...

I can't wait to see the photos, Alan. What a trip!

Alan W. Davidson said...

Joni- And I missed all you guys as well! Visitors are welcome here, for sure.

Jen- I shall post them soon.

kathryn said...

Wow. I'd want to visit there just for that whole alcohol-smuggling reference....what a happy place it must be!

J. M. Strother said...

Sounds like a neat place.
~jon