(Last Updated On: September 19, 2010)
Continuing the TR’s from my Newfoundland trip in mid-August, we took a ferry to the island of St. Pierre which is a French colony only a few miles off the coast of Newfoundland. In a short ferry ride, we were whisked into a different country. Despite it’s proximity to Canada, St. Pierre feels distinctly French. French is spoken everywhere (sometimes difficult to find English menus), the Euro is the currency, French wine is plentiful and wonderfully priced, and the even use the Euro-style outlets for their electricity. On top of that, St. Pierre is full of beautiful scenes.
The famed St. Pierre guillotine is on display there. This guillotine was used in the late 19th century after Joseph Néel was convicted of killing Mr. Coupard. It is the only time that a guillotine has been used in North America. The people of St. Pierre disliked it so much the decided to never use it again.
We seized up the opportunity to really experience St. Pierre by renting bikes and riding around the island. But, that’s another TR 🙂