Our family visited the beautiful region of Gaspésie in the province of Québec last summer. We were blown away by the beauty of its main attraction, le Rocher Percé.We also took a boat ride to visit l’Ile Bonaventure and its colony of 120,000 inhabitants, les Fous de Bassan (Northern Gannets).
I had the best time at Le Magasin Général 1928, a historical general store built in 1928 where local people in period costumes recalled with great humor the challenges and joys of gaspesian life at the time.
The trip to Gaspésie was pretty long (about 12 hours) so we decided to visit Les Jardins de Métis on our way to our rental cabin in Percé. This is one of the most inspirational and enchanted places I have ever seen.
On our way back home, we stopped at Le Bioparc de la Gaspésie, “un zoo different”, and were pretty amused not to spy the usual suspects and instead see coyotes, gray wolves, moose, mountain lions, river otters, bears, etc.
In Percé, I was able to squeeze in a quick visit at a local antique shop. Next to the entrance door sat an old rusty grate with my last name on it! It was meant to be until I moved it a little and the round middle part weighing over 30 pounds fell on my leg. I was so in pain and pretty embarrassed about the incident that I did not even go inside and ask for the price. I limped back to my car and drove back to our rental house. My sweet husband and son went back and got it for me the same day. The grate was made by the Bélanger wood stove company in the early 1900s and was used on the first floor ceiling to allow heat to travel up to the second floor. I painted the middle section with MMS French Enamel and heavily distressed it. Three arguments later, that heavy metal thing is hanging on our living room wall.
Did you ever find an antique treasure with your name on it?
Greetings from Kingsbury Brook Farm!