“Travels to a Different Time” : 12August2004: Around Charlevoix in Quebec: Isle au Coudres

Started my birthday with, can you believe it, a trip to McDonalds to pick up some Egg McMuffins and orange juice with free lobby coffee on the way back to the room. The lobby coffee was mediocre but easier than making in room coffee. Actually I have always enjoyed picking up breakfast as you get to see a bit of local life, go to the supermarket like the locals and discover the shops. After breakfast it was a walk on one of the Manoir Richelieu trails skirting the cliffs and overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Truly an amazing forest/river walk! Excursion today was Isle au Coudres an island in the St. Lawrence River. Took a ferry trip for about 15 minutes and up a steep hill we drove. Alexandra phoned to wish me happy birthday. Andrew and Fotini forgot. Yes I am a special guy! The island is hardly a top tourist destination with basic looking accommodations and the “tourist shops” somewhat seedy. We stopped at a cider maker and bought some cider and apple ice liqueur. We stopped at a local bakery to buy some bread, cheese and their renowned apple and caramel brioche which is somewhat famous in Charlevoix. A superb dinner at Trois Canard. Charlevoix is a gastronomic delight!   

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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