The Adventures of Team P

Archive for July, 2008

Percé

Yesterday we left Gaspé and drove around the eastern tip of the peninsula. The views were beautiful!
We stopped in Percé for lunch and a little walk around town. This enormous rock is the town’s claim to fame. There is a hole through it, but you can’t see it here.
Lunch at the beach
Percé was a charming little tourist town. There were lots of people there strolling around, shopping, and walking on the beach.
We finally got a good view of the rock on our drive out of town. We couldn’t stop, so here’s an action shot taken out the back window of the van.
After a concert in Maria, we spent the night at a bed-and-breakfast in Carleton, both on the southern coast. This morning we drove back across the middle of the peninsula and back up to the north coast. We have one last concert in Cap-Chat tonight before our break (and my trip home)! As soon as the concert is over, Fred and I will drive all night to the airport in Quebec City. Wish us luck catching our 6 am flights.

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A Day in Gaspé

Another day off in Gaspé today. Line and I really wanted to go on a whale watching trip, but the guys ended up needing to take the car for their day-long hike. So today we’ve been wandering around town.

Breakfast at Tim Horton’s, mmmmm.
Downtown Gaspé
Line and I had lunch at this cafe. It’s a little hard to see, but that’s water in the background – it was a really nice view.
These are absolutely the best cookies ever. They taste like maple syrup. Tonight is our last night in Gaspé. Tomorrow morning we’ll drive to Maria, a little town on the southern side of the peninsula, and stay near there for the night.

Another nice weekend in Charlottesville



Riviere au Renard

We usually eat dinner in the town where the concert is. This was last night’s fine dining establishment.
Poutine – I tried some. It’s french fries with gravy and some kind of curd cheese. It tasted pretty good.
Last night’s crowd was wierd. They seemed a little less enthused about the concert than our audiences usually are. There was an enormous bingo tournament going on at the same time in the church basement – maybe they wished they were downstairs.

Arrrived in Gaspé

Hello all! Yesterday we left Rimouski and traveled about 4 hours to Madeleine, a very small village on the North coast. The drive was very pretty and hilly with views of the water around each bend. Our motel was right next to the church, so we were able to walk to the concert. The motel didn’t have working lights, shower, or internet, and there was no phone in the room, but there was a tv and it was such a treat to flip it on and hear English. We spent our free time playing rummy outside at a picnic table overlooking the water. We’ll be in Gaspé for the next three nights. We’re staying in a college dorm and the town looks very pretty with lots of little shops and flowers everywhere. My cell phone works! There is also a computer in the common room that I can use, so consider me a happy camper.

Bowling

Tonight Thomas went bowling with our friends Becky and Matt.
Matt is a professional bowler.

Last Day in Rimouski

In my pre-trip “excitement” about leaving for Quebec, I packed 5 bags (all full to the brim) and my cello. There’s no way all that stuff will fit in the tour van, so I pared things down today. I’m sending my biggest suitcase home, but this one is staying with me.Finally finished the triazzle. I’m leaving cell phone and internet range tomorrow. For the next several days we will be traveling up the St. Lawrence river and around the tip of the Gaspé peninsula. On Friday I fly home to Greensboro for a few days (can’t wait!), then I come back to Quebec for 2 more weeks of concerts.