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September 5th 2013
Published: September 6th 2013
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The Gannet and MeThe Gannet and MeThe Gannet and Me

In Perce, Quebec.
We were on the road before 8 AM continuing our journey around the Gaspesie Peninsula. We have driven through dozens of small villages most looking very similar, but each offering something interesting. It's interesting that one town can consist of many villages. The villages are usually named for a saint or sainte and the names are made up of several hyphenated words. I am constantly confused about where we are and can never remember the exact name and even if I do remember the name I'm real sure I'm not pronouncing it correctly.

We drove through the very pretty Forillon National Park and now regret not taking at least one short walk there. We are now in the very charming town of Perce that is made up of about ten villages, but we are in the main one. We walked the boardwalk and pier and viewed the landmark Rocher Perce, enjoyed the shops and visited with friendly locals and tourists. It seems to us that more people speak English here. We had a light dinner of great seafood chowder that had a great deal more seafood than chowder...lots of lobster, shrimp, whitefish, and clams in the chowder. If the sunny
Lighthouse in La MatreLighthouse in La MatreLighthouse in La Matre

I've given up on photographing lighthouses unless they're special. This one is wooden and pretty.
weather continues tomorrow, we plan on taking a boat to Bonaventure Island to see a gannet (bird) colony and to hike there. It was cold today, never got above 58 so hoping it warms up a bit.

Au revoir


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6th September 2013

Thanks for all the pics and the blog
Love it all and you are going and seeing all the big places and the out of the way little towns which makes it so charming to see it all. Jane

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