a little bit of france, only 25 kilometres from canada
On a clear day, stand at any place on the west side Cape May beach in Newfoundland- Tour the Burlin peninsula and gaze at the coast. You can see France from there. Paris is located 4345 kilometers East, St. Pierre and mirclone are the possessions of France and the last remnants of French history -- The vast colonial empire of North America, floating just 25 km from the Canadian coastline, is like a rock Lily. But it\'s not a clear day. Heavy fog continued in June and July to cover up the islands as my wife and I, Roxanne, were preparing to board the ferry at the fortune of Newfoundland, which will take us to St. Pierre. The only clue in front is a pair of eyebrows. The rising sign in English and French hangs at the customs entrance to the Ferry Building: in fact, at the Canada-France crossing, we arrived in France more than an hour after the ferry left the pier. Hello, French bread and stinky cheese; Goodbye, Putin and Tim Houghton. 5500 residents here are French citizens who can vote in French elections. French license plates are decorated with Peugeots and renaresults sharing narrow hilly streets with Ford and Chevrolet. There are three colors of France on the flagpole. The sign is in French and the official currency is Euro ( Although the Canadian dollar was readily accepted) The local dialect is closer to Brittany\'s French than Montreal. The tourist center here is the Archie Museum near the center of the holy city. Pierre, the largest of the four museums on the island. The museum organized seven hiking tours to explore the town and its colorful history. The most popular Chronicles The building of Pierre and its French roots. Another highlight is the town\'s notorious period of prohibition. Visitors can choose to travel by car to l\'Ile on the narrow harbor passage-aux-Marins - Sailor Island. Private tour operators offer more adventurous Dolly tours on the island, or at 30- Sail on foot to the smaller islands nearby. Or they can take the ferry to St. Pierre travels by boat to the breeding grounds of seals and seabirds on the nearby sister island. If the weather does not match, visitors can stay in the museum to watch the exhibits, including the only broken-end platform used in North America. From Martini to St. On August, Pierre sent the murderer Auguste Neil a reward for justice. 12, 1889. Hello, hello! \"Guide Hélène Girardin bypassed the corner of the reception desk on the third floor of the Archer Museum and introduced himself to the cost of the day. Like the village itself, the 27-year-old Girardin left a deep first impression. She often smiles easily through multiple lip piercings. Her hair was dyed blue, green and yellow and pulled back to a relaxed bun. Her black coat and loose fit pants, black and white vertical stripes, tucked into black war boots, have customized her formal training as a costume designer. We left the museum and walked past wooden houses lined with purple, yellow and pumpkin orange on a narrow terraced street above the harbor. \"These two are typical fisherman\'s houses,\" she said . \" She pointed to two striking partitions and wooden tile houses standing side by side, one gray and the other built in the second half of the 19 th century. \"In the basement of this gray house, we found the hull of a ship,\" she said. The trees on these islands are rarely blown higher by the winds of the North Atlantic. high. Residents import timber from Canada or clean up timber from shipwrecks to build houses; More than 600 ships have been missing in these dangerous waters since 1816. \"All the houses are built together,\" Girardin said . \" When we passed a high-profile grape Color House between yellow and coffeebrown ones. ( Locals love the luxurious palette, perhaps to resist the dull winter. ) \"All the houses are made of wood and very close to each other and you can easily guess that it is easy to catch fire. \"The most destructive fire broke out in September 1867. It burned 177 buildings; The villagers frantically tried to control the fire and destroyed 50 more people. We turned right on marihar Forge Street and climbed the steep hillside to a spectacular darkness -- Brown stucco house. A statue of the Virgin Mary overlooks the traffic from a large window box under the roof. \"The fire stopped here,\" Girardin said . \". As Hell progressed, the homeowner placed a statue of the Virgin Mary in the window facing the upcoming flame. \"It was successful,\" she said . \" \"Out of gratitude,\" he made a special window for the Virgin Mary at the top. \" --- Cod is St. Pierre\'s economy for more than 200 years. The rich waters of the big banks are overseas. Several acres of burnt cod have been cracked in the sunshine of downtown shops, restaurants and General Charles de Gaulle Waterfront Park\'s La Place du General de Gaulle Waterfront Park. Over-fishing led to a sharp drop in the number of cod. In the 20 th century, the fishing industry had basically collapsed, and the economy on the island had collapsed. Temporary Assistance to St is prohibited. Girardin says Pierre has experienced decades of recession. Canada does not prohibit alcoholic beverages, but it does prohibit the sale of wine to countries that sell alcoholic beverages. \"St. Pierre is French. No law- They can sell all the alcohol they want, which is completely legal. So the wine went to St. Pierre, it was stored there before it was loaded on a smuggling ship bound for the United States. In 1922 alone, more than 7 million liters of alcohol were delivered to St. \"Pierre,\" she said. \"People basically have nothing before the ban,\" Girardin said . \". \"When the ban started, all they had to do was store alcohol in the basement and they had money flowing. Even large fish companies import alcohol from the sea. \"When we got onto l\'Ile\'s car launch, the early morning fog had dissipated --aux-Marins. It is located just a few hundred yards from St. Pierre, the island protects the port and town from the worst anger in the North Atlantic. At the height of the 1900 century, 600 fishermen and their families lived on the island. There are no permanent residents today. Old houses and buildings including city hall, school ( Museum and cafe now) Grand but few-used Notre-Dame-des- Malings Catholic Church is a tourist attraction. A few St. With cod stocks falling, Pierre residents have weekend vacations or holiday villas on the island, l\'Ile-aux-Marins. Residents have demolished houses and rebuilt them in St. Pierre. The remaining 1950 are few. When a ship accidentally cut the cable that delivered power to the island, they did not bother to repair it. On 1964, the city forcibly removed the last resident from the island. \"He didn\'t want to, but he was sick and the storm was coming,\" Girardin said . \". --- Unlike many gray villages in rural Newfoundland, young people will not give up the islands for the sake of big cities and will never come back, Girardin said. Instead, the migration here follows the swing ang mode. \"They really wanted to leave when they were 18 because they only knew about the island. They want to see everything else. They will learn, they will get together, they will work hard to find a job. \"But when they are in their 20 s, a lot of people will come back. \"They realized that they lived very well on this island,\" Girardin said . \". \"No means of transportation (problems). You can go home for lunch. You have a lot of free time. There is a lot of work. A lot of people choose to come back here to support their families and have a suitable job that they can keep for a long time --term. Girardin said residents of the island have a phrase to describe the attractiveness of the locals to their island homes. They are attached to \"comme une vigson caillou -- \"Like a sea snail on a pebble.