After two weeks away, our eagerness to return home to our comfortable bed, daily routine, and the pleasure of home-cooked meals, had reached a threshold. Our route home had two stops: Carleton-sur-Mer and Rivière-du-Loup.
Carleton-sur-Mer, a peaceful little town located on the southern edge of the Gaspé peninsula, was a place I had never visited before. Similar to Percé, it appeared to have an impressive selection of restaurants. The one we stumbled upon, Le Marin d’Eau Douce, turned out to be an excellent choice.
The following night we spent in Rivière-du-Loup, where we visited an old friend. It had been some 45 years since my last visit to this place, which was for her wedding. As we walked along the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River, near the location of that memorable event, I recalled a local’s story recited to me at that time. According to this tale, during the war, a German U-boat had been sunk near the island just off-shore. Intriguing as it was, I have found no concrete evidence of this specific event. Nevertheless, the possibility of such an occurrence lingers within the realm of plausibility.