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Stuck on a boat during the Roaring Twenties (Cruise log #2)

Stuck on a boat during the Roaring Twenties (Cruise log #2)

Bonjour les amis, This French Girl is alive, and well.  My boys and I have just wrapped up our first week of happy sailing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We left American waters on Thursday and entered the quaint and scenic Canadian Gulf islands. The Gulf Islands: So far, we have stopped on Pender, Galiano,…

39 Responses to Stuck on a boat during the Roaring Twenties (Cruise log #2)

  1. Donc , même au beau milieu des fabuleuses Gulf Islands, on peut être embeté par des voisins bruyants !!!:o)
    Fabuleux voyage , ceci dit, les images sont fantastiques, et quelles aventures! References aussi bien à Delivrance qu’à woody Allen , belles rencontres ou drames, que c’est riche!
    je suis juste étonnée par tes choix de lecture , je crois que je me serais plutot replongée dans Jack London ou un autre aventurier du même genre, peut-être même Melville, histoire de vraiment couper les ponts avec la civilisation..
    Le bouquin choisi par ton capitaine parait plus dans le ton! :o)
    Mais l’important, c’est de se faire plaisir, et tu as l’air de te regaler!
    Que les vents continuent de vous être agreables, à toi et ton equipage! Bises!

    • Contente de te lire, comme d’habitude, Marie. Je me doute bien que tu aurais choisi d’autres auteurs “du coin” mais que veux-tu… comme le personnage interprete par Owen Wilson dans le Woody Allen, je me suis completement perdue dans les Annees Folles. Un detour fort agreable d’ailleurs. J’ai pris qq bonnes photos de bancs canadiens, que je te transmettrai apres le retour. Bisous.

  2. Our son lives in Everett, WA and we often visit the San Juans. We love it there! It’s nice now to get a glimpse of the Canadian island, too. Enjoy the adventure!

  3. Just remember, to use the loo, you might need a loony to get in! You’re welcome. 😉

    I know what you mean about being stuck in a time warp–how often have I found myself looking at the modern world with medieval-English or 18-century-Japanese eyes? Bonne lecture!

  4. Dearest Véronique,

    Great stories and it did bring back memories about the photos we received from Mama Thelma, the biological mother of daughter Liz. One photo in my post is of her on the ferry, just pulling out from Horsebay on the way to Nanaimo. You probably know where that was…
    Oh, that is a perfect ‘Bob’ even better than Mireille Mathieu’s!
    Love to you,

    • Dearest Mariette. Thank you for stopping by. I do remember that post of yours a few months ago. A touching story as I recall. This is a beautiful area, and a great choice for nature lovers. There are also some quaint little towns, fortunately for moi, the city girl 🙂

  5. Hello Veronique

    I am so impressed by all the reading you are doing. The interruptions and singing from the power boats made me smile. During our boating days, at our Marina, was a very handsome young man, who had a sleek boat and no trouble getting different girls each week. He, too would play his music loudly and as he left the marina, I noted he used his foot to steer is boat. From then on, we called him Joe Cool.

    Continued joy as you explore the coastline of BC

    Helen xx

    • Dear Helen. I am impressed by all the reading I have been doing too 🙂 It seems I never have enough time at home. Loved the story about your boating days. Will look around for “Joe Cool.” I might get lucky and meet him in person 🙂

  6. Would have liked to have heard the cacophony for a moment… Looks and sounds like you are up to your favorite pastime again : Having entirely too much fun.

    Happy travelling. Let me know if you see any abandoned houses or other rusty old items out there… 🙂

  7. I’m glad that you are taking in so many impressions and adventures. It’s very tempting to read all the books you have named. I have seen all of them in our bookstores, where they have a whole section for all to do with France. For me, the time of Hemingway, when he lived in Paris, is something like a special perfume. As soon as it’s mentioned, it appears in the air.

    • Then definitely start with “The Paris Wife.” You will love it, or take a short cut with “the original:” “A Moveable Feast.” Happy reading, dear Olga. Hope summer is beautiful in Toronto and you are enjoying your new home!

  8. a very fine post indeed -the one book leading to another- to another happens to me often! i get obsessed-love le h’s rebelious side too funny stay safe enjoy until next time ….

  9. Cela m’a fait plaisr de voir les jardins de Bagatelle en photos car il y a bien longtemps que je les ai visités. Your photos of Paris are super – c’est bien Paris ça. What a lovely trip you are having in the Pacific Northwest. We have been to Vancouver Island 3 times but never with a boat – there is so much to see there that I am sure you will bring tons of pictures. I read the Hemingway book and the Paris Wife. If she was as depicted in the book je l’ai trouvé un peu molle. J’ai lu des rapports sur elle dans d’autres livres de cette époque là (au moins 10) et il parait qu’elle n’avait pas inventé le fil à couper le beurre, si tu me comprends…

    • Dear Vagabonde. I truly enjoyed your bilingual message this morning, on lovely Thetis island, BC. I was quite interested in Hadley H, a complex character, certainly. I would agree with you on the “molle” assessment, but she was madly in love. This explains that, don’t you think?

  10. I loved ‘Paris Wife’ and the Woody Allen film…and like you, Veronique, I start pulling a thread and keep going. One of the best books ever read was about Gerald and Sara Murphy on whom Fitzgerald based ‘Tender is the Night.’ They were rich American expats who started the Juan-les-Pins Jazz festival–and a casino. In fact the elegant waterside hotel that exists there today was Fitzgerald’s one time rented home. (I met Marcus Miller one of the principals of the festival today in a Carmel-by-the-Sea cafe with his beautiful wife.)

    Love your pix, story….thanks for taking us along! Glad the boater was rescued!

    • Bonjour Suzanne. Some threads are worth pulling, I guess. 🙂 This thread is the thread that keeps on giving. What a great story you had for me this morning. Loved it. I will have to check out the old Fitzgerald rental home next time I drive through Juan les Pins! Take care.

  11. Enjoying your fantastic photos and descriptions. Loved reading “Paris wife” and,like you, it prompted me to read Hemingways “Movable Feast”. Hadley and Hemingway had a bit different take on their Paris experience. Have a safe trip!

  12. I’m glad you are having such a wonderful, if kind of rustic, 🙂 sailing vacation. And you are a reading dynamo! I too loved ‘The Paris Wife’, and i have ‘The Chaperone’, but haven’t yet read it. And i read ‘A Movable Feast’ quite a few years ago, but perhaps i should reread? I did enjoy it. Isn’t the Pacific Northwest gorgeous in the summer?! And god knows we wait long enough for this weather, don’t we, Veronique? 😀 I think i’d love the sailing part of your vacation, but perhaps not the ‘iffiness’ of a hot shower. I think i’m quite spoiled.. Have fun on your continuing travels, and keep us posted!


    • Bonjour Mary. Yes, you are right, we DO wait long enough for this wee bit of summer weather! Life as a liveaboard is similar in many ways to camping: You get close to nature, but a bit too close sometimes. Some of the “washrooms” or marina facilities would not work for everyone. Water restrictions are also hard to deal with for all of us spoiled Americans, but what does not kill you makes you stronger, they say, right? Come back soon… and happy reading!

  13. That last shot should be my screen saver. It’s gorgeous. I loved the map as I’ve never really known exactly where my blog friend Victor’s Gabriola Island was located. Smooth sailing my dear.

    • Bonjour V. Great to hear from you. Glad the map helped (it helped me too, as I am a bit directionally challenged…) Good thing we have a knowledgeable skipper to steer us through all these islands and shoals! A bientôt, amie d’Alabama.

  14. It all sounds like a fabulous adventure…………..nevertheless, I was born a city girl (Paris, New York, Philadelphia) and I will probably die as such. I’m not very adept at roughing it at this stage of my life, although I have fond memories of backpacking around the world in my youth.

    Living rough for me these days is a Holiday Inn.

    Happy sailing. Love the Logs.

  15. I forgot to add that one of the most wonderful weeks we ever spent on vacation was on a péniche in the canal du niverny in Bourgogne. It was fabulous!!! We were the only guests on board, so we had this beautifully refitted boat and a personal chef at our disposal. It’s what is referred to as luxury hotel barging. I guess it doesn’t exactly count as “roughing it,” does it?

  16. Dear M-T: From one “city girl” to another, I will happily be reunited with my comfortable home in a few days (and my beautiful American bathroom 🙂 The scenery around the islands is breathtaking, but I could use a few more stops near towns 😉 As for your luxury hotel barge, you’re right, it doesn’t qualify as “roughing it” — Then again, neither do three weeks on our beautiful Hunter Legend. Baby steps for us, city girls, right? 🙂

  17. Sounds like quite an adventure! Love your book list…I have read most of those novels and loved them; however I have not gotten to The Paris Wife yet. Now, thanks to you, it has shot to the top of the list!

  18. Ummmm I was obsessively looking up The Chaperone, only to discover that the author lives 40 minutes away from me and teaches creative writing at the local university. AWESOME. So, that is definitely the next book I’m going to read.

    Please let me know how Lulu in Hollywood is as well. I want your opinion before reading it because you’re honest in reviews and I appreciate it.

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