Quebec is back!

ImageHave you ever been to Quebec in fall? Here are some pictures that will give taste to go sightseeing in this beautiful region of Canada.

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The blend of colours during this season is astonishing, the most part of this is due to maple trees which leaves turn red in automn.

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Those pictures have been taken in the Mont-Sainte-Anne. This place is marvellous, you can go hiking, biking, snowing, etc.

As a rule of thumb, the end of september and the beginnig of october is the right time to attend the great colour adventure.

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If you like hiking, you can follow hiking trails that lead to the summit of the mountain.

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At the summit, you will have a beautiful view on the Orleans Island but also on the Chaudières-Appalaches. Automn is still the time to focus on nature, have a close look on the ground and you will find out a lot of things.

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http://www.mont-sainte-anne.com/ete/en-us/home.aspx

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Pénélope Bagieu

Sunday – 11.00 AM – Quebec city

I’ve just bought my ticket at the entrance of the Quebec Book Festival which welcomes Marc Lévy as honour president of the book fair.  But, I wasn’t coming for him, I was coming to see Penelope Bagieu who was present at this event to inscribe her latest book ‘Joséphine’ and I didn’t want to miss her.  

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Quebec Book Festival took place mid-April, it’s a featuring a diverse selection of French literature, even including comic books. And this year, Penelope Bagieu was there. She is a French illustrator and cartoonist who has studied at The École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (also called Arts Decos’, Ecole des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris, France. This is a public university of art and design. It is a reknowned school, a French grande école.
She’s a really kind person, always smiling and speaking easily to people, a young women full of life. I love the way she writes and draws.  Her comic books deal with everyday life, they are funny and actual. She talks about her life and about  what women go through (breakup, relationships, friendship, etc.).

Joséphine is a full edition which gathers the tomes 1, 2 and 3 ( Joséphine, Même pas mal and Joséphine change de camp) but those comics are different from her previous comic books. In Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante, Penelope Bagieu describes her life but in Joséphine, the character is not like her.  A cinematographic adaptation will be made in 2013, I don’t know if it will be good or not, we have to wait until its release.

At present, she’s also working with Joann Sfar on a project whose title will be Stars of the Stars. This story will be available during this summer!

If you wanna follow Miss Bagieu, take a sneak peak on her blog or her Twitter account :

http://www.penelope-jolicoeur.com/

https://twitter.com/PenelopeB

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And if you are greedy, you can also follow her on Mademoizelle, a french woman’s programme in which she makes a free and easy chronic about comic books (http://www.madmoizelle.tv/v3/category/chroniques-bd).

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Her major books are :

Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante, Jean- Claude Gawsewitch Editeur, coll. « Tendance fille », 2008.

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Cadavre exquis, Gallimard, coll. “Bayou”, 2010.

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Joséphine , L’intégrale, 2010, Jean-Claude Gawsewitch Éditeur, coll. « Tendance fille »

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La Page blanche (dessin), avec Boulet (scénario), Delcourt, coll. « Mirages »,  2012

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Sugar Shack……………………….Oh ! Sugar, Sugar !

Have you ever been to Canada and more precisely to Quebec? So you maybe know what a Sugar Shack is?

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It’s an bit of an institution in Quebec. La Cabane à Pierre is the one I’ve been to and the most famous in the province of Quebec . This house  is located in Frampton (Beauce) and is surrended by maple grove. You will discover how the maple sap is collected according to the old-fashioned method, that is to say with a spile (sap spout) and a bucket. The purpose of it is to process the sap into syrup. How they do this? Simply by using traditional evaporator, fuelled by a wood fire.

If  you want to have a great meal fed ad libitum, this is the place to go during the sugar season. You stomach will be fulled with hearty pea soup, oreilles de crisse, crusty country bread, pork and beans, cook’s omelette soufflé, sugar ham home-baked, Beauce tourtière, farm sausages,  boiled potatoes, fruit ketchup and homemade pickles. And if you are still hungry after eating all this you can also wolf crepes with maple syrup, tea and coffee.

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You will be welcomed in a cosy and warm place to guttle your meal, a huge room with big tables everywhere. This place enables people to share great moments of laughs and joy.  It’s a mix of generations.

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In the center, stands an enormous fireplace that warms you up. During your meal, a band is performing and you can dance if you like, shaking your body on traditional music such as “La Bottine Souriante” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDHHFWCIb-U).

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You will be pleased in every way. The setting is simply stunning. Why? You are surrounded by maple grove and woods.

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At the end of your meal, you can go outside and enjoy what people call “la tire d’érable”, that is to say, maple taffy treats on snow. How does it work? You take a wooden stick, place in front of wooden bucket full of snow. When someone pours hot maple in it, you use your stick to roll the maple around it and form a lollypop! It is so good, so sweet but don’t abuse of it otherwise you will have weigh to lose before the summer!

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A sweet tooth knows no age!

If you are interested in discovering this place and the traditions of Quebec, you can look over the website : http://www.cabaneapierre.com/

Cabane à sucre Cabane à Pierre
566, rang 2, C.P.1006, Frampton, Québec, G0R 1M0
418-479-5200/1-888-385-5200