Tuesday, July 08, 2008


“where France meets North America.”

ST-PIERRE, France — A Renault swerves into a narrow alley, coming within inches of sideswiping an unsuspecting tourist.

It’s lunchtime, but shops and bars are closed.

Stressed out yet? Relax.

The archipelago of St-Pierre-Miquelon operates on its own rhythm and offers a refreshing change of pace for travellers.

Nearly 500 years after its rich fishing grounds lured enterprising Europeans, St-Pierre-Miquelon remains France’s oldest overseas territory and retains much of that country’s character.

The tiny islands off the south coast of Newfoundland are a largely undiscovered piece of the old country, promoted as a place “where France meets North America.”



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