Thursday, July 08, 2010

Around The Gaspay ... Gaspe, Actually

I don't have any accent marks for the French "e" at the end of the word. So “Gas-pay” will let you know how to pronounce the thing at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River that looks a lot like a tongue. I guess it’s appropriate, looking like a tongue at the river’s mouth. Anyway, we have to go around it to get where we are going.

It’s the final turn on the way up, from Boston to Montreal. We’ve left Prince Edward Island, gone under the Confederation Bridge (just, with a couple feet to spare) and headed north. Or, it’s the first turn on our way back to Boston as we leave the wide part of the St. Lawrence and head out to sea, as it appears.

I don’t know what’s out there on the Peninsula; apparently, not much. No big cities and, for that matter, no small cities. Just little villages and a road that goes ‘round the area.

Mostly you figure going down a river is all nice and stuff; you see things on either side and it’s picturesque. Not so the St. Lawrence: it’s wide as can be up top and you can’t see from one shore to the other. The captain says you’re in the river, so you believe him; he should know. You hope he does, anyway.

But that’s all a memory now and I’ll have to wait 47 more weeks until it becomes a reality again. I found I need two fewer day shirts and one less evening shirt; that cuts down on carry-on space. Maybe just four ties instead of eight, but carefully chosen to match all the shirts I bring. Gotta start thinking about packing.


Anonymous ruthc said...

You mean as in "é"?

July 12, 2010 11:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Yeah. How'd you do that?

July 13, 2010 12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy..Gaspé.....keyboard set up in French. Gaspé is the city, Gaspésie is the entire Peninsula.

The entire Peninsula is an awesome place to spend a vacation. Been there in the summer and in the month of February.

From Ste-Flavie, the Gateway all the way to Forillon and on over to Gaspé et Percé, and then back through Chandler to Pointe-à-la- Croix (Cross Pt.) and then up the Valley to Ste-Flavie.

Neat places to visit, unique restaurants, always folks hanging out on the piers, lighthouses, museums, swimming,,,yes we do swim here in Québec.

Exit 318

July 13, 2010 8:53 AM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

Yeah. How'd you do that?

I'm a witch. ;)

July 13, 2010 10:21 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Powered by Holland America Line pillow chocolates.

July 13, 2010 10:53 AM  

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