Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The beauty of Quebec's maritime region, the Gaspe' Peninsula, which wraps around the shore of the St. Lawrence River, is quite famous. You hear people rave about it every time the region is mentioned but I still wasn't prepared. Canada is a beautiful, sprawling country in general so I figured the experience would be similar to the other Canadian provinces that I visited. It's not. Gaspe' which means "lands end" in the Mic Mac language, is literally another land, a whole world apart from the other. I was constantly catching my breath at the sheer wonder of the landscape, to the point that I think I stopped breathing many times.
Traveling around Gaspe's five provinces was like meeting individual members of a stunning family. Each one more gorgeous than the other. But it wasn't just the beauty, the purity and tranquility of the land seeps through the sea breezes.
The people of Gaspe' have lived in the area for generations and the respect and care that they offer to their environment is reflected in the spotless, raw landscape.
Such was the perfection of the landscape that yoga master Corrine Trang plopped down and meditated on the beach in the middle of our tour. It's that kind of place.
It's hard not to connect with nature at some point in the Gaspe', whether it's hiking through the mountains,sitting in the middle of a field or actually hugging a tree.
The spirit of the Gaspe' really touched me and I'll always remember the sensation of roaming through this extraordinary destination. Have you traveled to a place that touched you in an unexpected way?