Monday, July 31, 2017

Five Years Ago Today: Among the bohemians

From our rental car
on the ferry to Tadoussac
By Moristotle

[Originally published on July 31, 2012, with the addition today of a grammatical correction, a capitalization, a couple of commas, and two bracketed clarifications. The activities took place in the province of Quebec, in Canada.]

So as not to miss the ferry 75 kilometers away at the Saguenay Fjord or the whale-watching boat in Tadoussac, we left our hotel in La Malbaie before 5 a.m. I added three half-hour contingencies, one for traffic, one for the ferry, and another for good measure. The Deans were nothing if not prudent. [Their whale-watching was described in “Among the baleines” (July 30, 2012).]
    The first traffic of note were cars and trucks just unloaded from, or waiting to be loaded onto, the Tadoussac ferry. Indeed, we did have to wait about twenty minutes for the next ferry, during which time I had a pleasant conversation with a Québécois towing a boat behind his SUV. He had more English than I French, so informed me in English that he was going fishing. “I’m going to catch a trout.”
    The Deans were also lucky. (I started to say are lucky, but why tempt fate?) We arrived in Tadoussac with plenty of time to have breakfast at the restaurant where we planned to have lunch after whale-watching:

    Café Bohème tries to live up to its name, with many canvases on its up- and downstairs walls reminiscent of the twenties and thirties:

    Upstairs was cozy, with the bay partly visible through its windows:

Although I didn’t know it yet, the embarkation point for our whale-watching boat would be to the left of the private boats in the distance, and the Centre d’interprétation des mammifères marins to their right:

And, back for lunch, there were those desserts I spoke of on Saturday [July 28, 2012]:

Click to see Saturday’s post

If you are ever in Tadoussac
, let a hostess at the Café Bohème “assign you” a table. She’ll even let you sit on the front veranda if the weather permits.

Copyright © 2017 by Moristotle


  1. I'm sorry to say I missed this Morris, I was in the middle of packing for our move to CR in Sept. Looks like a fun trip. I would go to Canada often when I lived in Washington State. My part was more English than French however.

    1. Yes, we too, over the years, beginning about 1971, before Jennifer was two, have visited British Columbia, particularly Vancouver Island, more than the eastern provinces of Canada. We all drove to Montreal in 1985 – for an IBM department meeting, no less! – and drove home (to Chapel Hill) via Quebec City, Maine, Nova Scotia....