Monday, August 31, 2009

Mon Voyage À L'Acadie: Part 6: Grande-Anse & Anse Bleue

We drove to a camp we planned on sharing with our cousins [more on that later] that was close to Caraquet and then explored the area of Grande-Anse to see the local coves and beaches.

We found a private drive, and the sign said "Welcome friends," in French, so we felt we could go in since we are friendly people. No one was at home. But look at their view!

Have you ever seen anything like this?

Look how clear the water is! Of course they had two kayaks ready to go. I was ready to take one myself for a little paddle.

Talk about a private swimming area!

Mom got this shot of me day dreaming of swimming in this pristine water! Look how clear it is!

Then we got back into the car and drove looking for beaches. This one is a pay beach. For $5 you get public showers and this tiny patch of sand, complete with disgusting muddy area [near the split rail fence].

Here is the free beach. Gorgeous isn't it? It was really hot out, so I don't know why nobody was swimming. It was a work day though.

Vasco sprints across the beach, as if he has waited the entire trip to do so!

And then, Vasco takes a plunge into the water. Just what I would love to do!

Here are some driftwood heads that somebody put up.

This is a sculpture that seems to have some sexual themes.

Here is a normal Acadian residence that is decorated for the Festival.

Compare the house at top to this little house in Anse-Bleue. We drove there looking for someplace to eat dinner and I photographed this house because their decorations for the Festival acadien are really over the top!

Click to enlarge the photo above and you can see his little head watching us in the wooden swing! Another view is below.

We did find a bar, aptly called, 'The Bar', but they had stopped serving dinner. What they did have, however, was a free plate of hot steamed mussels for every customer! Mom and I were all over that! One of our cousins joined us in slamming a plate of these native tasties down. They were wonderful, tender, fresh and delicious! They were the best mussels I ever had! I am sure that the buckaroo in the photo below is probably smiling because he just finished a plate, and not because of the pretty girls at his table.

More Canada is on the way!!!


Stan said...

Who does Vasco belong to? Great pics of the beach area, houses. Love that clear water! Like nothing I've ever seen here in New Jersey! LOL!

Sue said...

Her is my mom's Portugeuse Water Dog - Vasco De Gama. She took him with us for the entire 2 weeks. I must say, he was quite well behaved. The worst he did was chew up a pen at one of the hotels we stayed at.

Can you believe that no one is swimming in that gorgeous water Stan???