Images from La Belle Province Pt. 2

Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my last post. Your visits and your encouraging words mean so much to me.

Let use continue on our journey through Quebec. My last post and images on this trip can be found here.

It is only our first day in Quebec and we are very tired. But our first item of business is to visit with and pick up my elderly cousin, seen in the first photo.


 Then we travelled to Lanoraie and picked up her younger (80 year old)  sister. Seen in the next photo.


Then we travelled to a small town called Louisville.  It is a small town located near the mouth of the Wolf River (Rivière du Loup) on the north shore of Lac St. Pierre (Lake Saint Pierre).  The population of this town is just over 7000 with a predominantly French speaking population.


 Here were are driving on the main street of the town.


You will find this informational map on the main street of the town and near the Catholic Church.


This area was originally part of the Rivière-du-Loup Seignory. This seignory was formed in 1665 by Intendant Jean Talon and granted in 1672 to Charles Dugey Rozoy de Mannereuil, officer in the Carignan Regiment. The seignory was thereafter also known as Rivière-Mannereuil for some time.

This statue is a monument to Charles du Jay, founder of Louiseville & Lord of Manereuil
You might wonder why we bothered to go to this town. It is the place where our first ancestors to Canada settled centuries ago. At that time the place was called Rivière-du-Loup, but changed it's name in 1879 to Louisville to avoid confusion with another Rivière-du-Loup in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.  The new name was a tribute to the daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Caroline Alberta, who was expected to visit the area in the same year.

The next few photos are of the countryside near Louiseville and of the Town of Lavaltrie where we were treated to a lovely dinner before retiring for the evening to the Town of Lanoraie.


After a short time looking around the town center we took a drive in the local area and came to the river.  As you can see it was very high due to heavy amount of rains over the Spring of 2013.

We also came across these colourful fishing huts nearby.

Since I published my last blog post and photos I managed to finish reading 4 more books (A Week in Winter, Committed, Tapestry of Fortune and Don't Break Your Heart Cookbook) toward my reading goals and am working on the 5th one (Half Blood Blues). The books were not so difficult to read so I didn't spend all my time reading this week.  However the books put me past my modest reading goal for the year (24 books) so I've increased my goal to 28 books. If I pick up another book or two  before year's end, that will be a bonus.

The drive back to Lavaltrie for dinner.

On Friday I was invited to lunch to the home of some friends from Tanzania. I spent all afternoon at their home while the lunch was being prepared.  Afterwards I had lots of time to visit with the couple and their two children. They have an exceptionally large home so it was nice having all that space to enjoy. The husband is here completing his Ph.D. in Linguistics and his wife hopes to get into a Master's program soon.  One thing that touched me is that before lunch, the father asked his son to pray. His son is going into Grade 1 next month. His son asked for a blessing on the food and also asked our heavenly Father to help him as he wanted to be a good boy. I thought that was so special.

There was beautiful colour in the sky over Lavaltrie.

I didn't want to be rude and take photos of the food but it was an interesting and very large lunch.  She made some fried salmon fillets, brown rice, kale with avocado, some kind of soup with green beans and tomatoes and whole wheat chapati (bread).  For dessert she made a spelt and whole wheat banana bread and some fresh fruit (watermelon, apples, blueberries).  It was so kind of her to go to all that preparation. Her father is a diabetic and so she is extra sensitive to preparing appropriate foods.

I didn't get a photo of the Asian restaurant where we dined but I did snap a few shots of the area.

More restaurants with a European flair and another church in the background.

I love the blue coloured building and the pink sky above.



Local signage.
This week I will be joining in with a few memes

Blue Monday

Our World Tuesday



34 comments:

  1. Ugh! I love to have a road trip like this, with a blue sky smiling at me!

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  2. Oh what a lovely tour I could share with you, Penny. I love your "young" elderly cousins! I also loved the colorful fishing huts. For a moment I thought you'd passed through the Cape and photographed a local settlement. Where in Tz do your friends come from. That meal sounds so good and wholesome and very East African. (((Hugs))) Jo xxx

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  3. what fascinating journey you have had with so many delightful photos. Judyx

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  4. Lovely pictures!

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  5. A family road trip; how wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I like that blue house.

    I'm looking forward to reading your comment on my blog.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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  6. It seems a nice trip with good companions. There certainly has been an abundance of rain this year.

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  7. How delightful that you shared part of your trip with the 'elder' relatives ~ they must have been thrilled! ~ Great photos!
    carol, ^_^

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  8. Lovely to see your cousin and her sister. I miss having elders in the family. It looks like a very interesting trip with good friends and family too. Thank you for sharing your photos Penny.

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  9. You must have had a great time and I am sure your cousins loved it too. Lovely photo's and your cousins don't look that old at all.
    Have a nice week

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  10. Quebec is such a gtrat place to visit!! Boom & gGry of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  11. Interesting and great photo series!

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  12. How interesting to be able to tag along with you on your trip.

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  13. Yeah that blue building against the pink sky is awesome! So are the rest of your photos. Have a great week.

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  14. looks like a lovely place to visit and love that blue building so very pretty
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  15. I have always wanted to go to Canada, thank you for letting me join in on your roadtrip.
    I am looking forward to learning more about Africa too, love the happy smiling faces of your sponsored children
    Wren

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the road trip and also learning about Africa which is a place near and dear to me. If I can answer anything specific about Africa, please let me know!

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  16. I really enjoy when you take us along on your trips, especially since you show us the people, the map of where we are doing, and give us a little background on the area. You are an inspiration, as I often tell you.

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  17. Love the historical bit. Especially that it goes back hundreds of years. The older, the more interesting to me.

    Hazel

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    1. Hello Hazel, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I tried to find your blog but only find a google plus page that doesn't let me leave you a comment. If you have a blog and see this message, please let me know where to find you.

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  18. A traveler and a reader. An informative pst.

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  19. Wonderful skies and buildings. Looks like a fun trip.

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  20. What the wonderful tour experience narrated beautifully through this post with fantastic photographs..such a great tour..

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  21. you have been getting about. Thanks for taking us along. Happy travels, have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  22. Looks like a nice town ! No problem for me if everything is in French, I live in the French speaking part of Belgium.

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  23. I love posts like this. Armchair traveling at its best!

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  24. It's wonderful to see all of your photos and hear your stories, thank you for that! Have a good week!

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  25. Hi Joyful! So quaint and lovely. I loved the sunset too. What a fun trip, and you get to spend time with family too. So lovely! I know you were a blessing to those two ladies :)
    Ceil

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  26. So kind of you to stop by my blog for Blue Monday. This is a lovely share of your visit, how special to see your cousins and your friends from Tanzania.

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  27. What a glorious insight into your day and doings! The Tanzanian lunch sounded especially delicious.. and the colourful fishing huts are so sweet :)

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  28. It looks like you all had a great time and I'm sure your cousins loved it, too.

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  29. That looks like a very beautiful place.

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  30. Hi Penny. Another charming little town and actually kind of quaint. But that traffic! Oy!! I would enjoy ice fishing in one of those little fishing huts.

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  31. You had a such a nice trip and found a lovely blue house, a great way to spend some time!

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