Has Anyone Been to St. Pierre and Miquelon?

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  1. jason_els

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    Unbeknown to most people in the US, there's a bit of France here in North America. I don't mean Quebec or Louisiana, but real and true France where the Tricolor is the flag, Euro the money, the guillotine drops on necks, and a passport is necessary to visit.

    St. Pierre and Miquelon are two small islands just off the coast of Newfoundland and they're so French, they are actual departments of France. There's not much in either island to see. They used to depend mostly on fishing, but now they depend mainly on handouts from France. Because of their location, they give France fishing rights on the Grand Banks and may allow France to claim any oil or gas rights, which may be considerable, in the same area. True to French tradition, they have been a thorn in the side of Canada and the US for quite some time.

    I'm not sure why anyone would go there, but HellskitchenmanNYC and I were talking about just how French the islands were given the corrupting proximity to the Canada and the US. We know the French turn up their noses at the Quebecois, but do they do the same thing to les citoyens who live in St. Pierre?

    If you've ever been there, or live there now, please let us know what it was like.
     
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    At the request of a demented friend I was there-twice. The first was in 1987 and I must admit I was bored to bits. My next visit came in 2000 and it may have been aging or just timing; whichever, the stay was much nicer. A great amount of birds seem to gravitate towards the area-and I don't mean the birds I have grown accustomed to seeing in New York. Maybe it's the location and the surrounding fishing ponds which attracts the birds. If you are at all bothered by birds swooping around close by you, then it may not be the wisest decision to go there.


    The boat ride over from New Foundland was pleasant though.

    Additionally, and this is more from my own enjoyable pasttimes-there are several lighthouses which you may enjoy-cast an interesting long range lighting often late at night.
     
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    I've never been there but always wanted to go. Just so I could say I went to France and never left North America :smile:
     
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