"For the next few days they drove along the south bank of the St. Lawrence on one of the loveliest roads in all of
North America...eating meals cooked over wood burning stoves, sleeping under the sun on a warm beach, and swimming in the St. Lawrence. America seemed far away, and their anonymity complete. They stopped at a little church by the water, and the village priest invited them to lunch in his rectory"~
"Empty Without You:The Intimate Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok"
By Eleanor Roosevelt, Rodger Streitmatter, Lorena A. Hickok
After spending some wonderful days in Quebec City at the start of our own great adventure, we finally began our travels around the Gaspe Penninsula. Our goal for this entire trip was to NOT be on a schedule. We allowed 2 full weeks for this incredible trip, thus giving us plenty of time to stop whenever, and wherever we wanted~
We considered the days after leaving Quebec City
to be the actual start of our trip around the Penninsula --
so for the purpose of our itinerary and this
photo documentary -- this will be
Our goal for this first day
was to travel to the little town of
where our hotel was located.
Today's driving distance
would be about 130 miles.
(2 1/2 hours drive)
It would take us over 8 hours
to get there...
with the St. Lawrence River on our left..
we soon left the busy tourist areas
near Quebec City.
It wasn't long before we knew
that this was going to be
an incredible adventure...
our first impromptu stop
was this little church located on the
banks of the river.
The weather had already turned windy and COLD..
so we bundled up and walked all
around the grounds of the church
and the old cemetery.
located next to the church
was a beautiful little harbor area~
of course we had to stop...
(I had no idea that this would turn out
to be a trip that would take us to
countless beautiful churches dating back to
earlier times, beautiful scenic harbors,
and incredible coastal views...)
any view that includes boats,
and water ---
it's the end of summer here --
and I'm sure they are getting their boat
ready for winter~
view from the Marina~
trying to stay warm...
its brisk and breezy!
we both loved this lovely
old cemetery on the banks of the river~
some of the monuments
dated back to the early 1800's~
opening into the St. Lawrence~
some photos from the front of the church~
we found a lovely little restaurant
at the marina for our lunch---
our lunch time view~
almost 3 hours later
(and it's only our FIRST stop!!)
we are on the road again~
parallels the river for the entire trip~
some of the views are
not 20 minutes up the road
and we have stopped again
to visit this little
we passed several of these
little park like areas on
this portion of our
beautiful flowers were
in the late afternoon--
we arrive at our first destination
we aren't going to our motel yet,
we still have one more stop
Maritime Museum of Quebec
we arrived just in time to spend
about 2 hours here before they
closed for the day~
the museum was exceptional!
on display was this
historic Icebreaker ship --
the Earnest Lapointe...
for more info about the museum
you can click here...
some random photos
of our tour aboard the
we were like kids
roaming all over the ship,
because we arrived in the late,late afternoon,
we were the only ones at the museum..
this ship could tell
some incredible stories~
view from inside the museum
the Captain's log
in which he kept records
of the character of the crew members..
after an incredible afternoon
at the museum,
we arrive at our little Auberge motel
just before dusk...
wait till you see
how quaint and cute this place is!
more to come
in my next
Thanks so very much for traveling along with us... we have only just begun --- the next day is even more amazing!
Some itinerary stats so far..(starting point Quebec City)
miles traveled -- 130
driving time between destinations -- 2 1/2 hours
time spent to arrive at L'Islet
(counting all impromptu stops)-- 8 hours
an update to the
Josephine's Children project~
we have received word that the boxes
have arrived in Moombasa.
they have journeyed halfway
around the world
across the oceans...
and are now waiting to clear customs
(this could take up to 2 weeks)
after clearing customs,
they will journey by land to
reach the children..
this could take up to a week
or 10 days.
we are ever so close
to making dreams come true
for these children!