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2010-03-13 17:09:55
I forgot to all - Churchill is definitely not Western Manitoba. It's right up to the Arctic Circle. Riding Mountain National Park is western.
2010-03-13 17:07:40
I can tell by your comment you don't known the difference ;-) It simply means that to me being a Canadian come first before being French. It's mostly English speaking people who refer to us as French Canadians. Ah Minnesota! My friends and I had lots of fun in Detroit Lakes in the 60s - partying on pontoons as we slowly cruised around. You folks have some dumb laws (still do) - no alcohol or entry to places selling alcohol before the age of 21! So, we Canucks, carried two IDs to cross the border - genuine one for Customs & Immigration and a phony one to getting into those evil dens of sin (bars). I spent time in Grand Forks, North Dakota...dated a law student in Grand Forks about 1965. We went with his friends from the University to the Elks Club to listen and dance to the Ink Spots (only one was by then an original), but I had to endure their racist remarks as the Ink Spots were all African-Americans...after a few more drinks, they got on to the 'French Canadians'. Yet, they were educated! My Papa did some building in Churchill. The Manitoba Museum (they dropped the rest) was built in 1973 - not the 60s. It's supposed to be fantastic - the history of the Hudson's Bay Company, etc.
2010-03-13 14:56:02
Yes, Connie, I do appreciate the difference between a Canadian of French descent and a French Canadian. I presently live in Southern California but spent a lot of my growing up in Minnesota. When I was living in Minnesota in the late 60's I spent a lot of time in Manitoba. I had a research contract with the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature (in Winnipeg) and spent a lot of time in Western Manitoba between Riding Mountain and Churchill.
2010-03-12 20:56:05
I'm Canadian of French descent (not a French Canadian...big difference ;-) One of my parents was born in France. I was born and raised in the Prairies, but moved to Vancouver in the late 1960s. Are you Canadian or American or? Quebec City and Montreal have a lot of culture - the arts, etc. Their food is better than in Paris, believe it or not. Parisiens have sold out to the American fast food mentality. I was in France for the last two summers, and I was hard pressed to get a 'real' French meal. But, the wine never disappointed me ;-)
2010-03-12 19:45:14
Hello Connie, I have guessed that you are French Canadian from the Montreal area, is that right? I have spent a bit of time in both Montreal and in Quebec City. Interesting cities and very good food.
2010-03-12 07:11:31
Many farms in the Normandy area date back to the early 1700s as this one, and in some cases, the 1600s. Often, some of those farm buildings are turn into farmhouses. The same was done in Brittany. A lot of British folks have been buying old farm buildings in Brittany and Normandy (but particularly Brittany) and converting them into homes. These stone houses are really lovely inside, with very interesting features.