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There and Back Again

(With all due apologies to professor Tolkien).

By any standards, I haven’t traveled far. I’ve never been to Europe, let alone Asia or Africa. I haven’t even been as far south as Mexico or Cuba. In fact, the places I’ve seen are almost exclusively part of Eastern North America (I have crossed the Mississippi once so far), ranging as far south as Orlando, as far north as Amos.

I don’t regret it. The world has many beautiful place, but North America fascinates me, and it gets too often too little attention. In its own way, an Elizabethtown of five-thousand-inhabitant nestled within a valley of the Adirondack mountains can be as intriguing and beautiful as any Paris or Vienna (although of course, there’s less of it). Often, as with many things in life, the real reward isn’t so much in where you are going, but the journey you go through to get there, across wild forests and over rushing falls.

Collected on this page will be the tale of my travels from Beloeil to such locals as Magog, Fayetteville, New Haven, Les Etchemins, Elizabethtown and so forth, as I write them up from old notes and photographs, as well as old blog entries.



  • Beatlemania: The Paul McCartney concert in Québec City, and everything around it (July 2008)
  • Fayetteville: A five days visit to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to attend the wedding of a friend (June 2008)


  • The Adirondacks: A day’s visit in the Adirondack Mountains, particularly to Elizabethtown and Ausable Chasm. (August 2007)
  • Edge of Immensity: A week on the North Coast of Quebec, where whales come feed within a few dozen meters of the shore… (July 2007)


  • The Eastern Townships: A few days in the Eastern Townships and around Magog, for my mother’s 50th Birthday.

Other stories and places, about all the places I visited as a teenager or as a kid, will have to wait until I take the time to review all the available pictures, and try to dredge my memories of those trips (the above trips, I have notebooks and/or photographs of).

…And Back Again

Because my world is part of the world too, I’m also planning to have stories about those places that have played, or still play, a part in my life story, whether they still exist or not, and whether they still play a part or not.

  • Mont Saint-Hilaire
  • Saint-Charles
  • Beloeil & Saint-Hilaire
  • Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • The Richelieu River
  • Varennes & the Verchères Wood
  • Saint-Hyacinthe
  • Montréal
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