Travelling in and Around Trois Rivieres

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Notre Dame de Grace Chapel.... beautiful

Travelling in Quebec;

I have had the privilege of staryng in the town of trios rivieres courtesy of the candian government for 8 weeks. Five weeks of an intensive French programs, complete with day trips to old trios rivieres and the notre dame de grace cathedral, quebec city, montreal and parc mauricie. Currently I am on my way to Shawinigan to get to the Cite D’energie to see my boyfriend give an interpretive tour of his exibit, in French!  Travelling in another language has certainly been a thrill. I enjoy that the 5 week program brought me from frightening to use my French with francophones to enjoying speaking French, even when I make mistakes. I buy a ticket to go to Shawinigan in French, ask which stop is closest to the cite energie (turns out I was going to the wrong place!) and make friendly banter with the bus driver. In normal travelling, these moments are mundane. Travelling in a new language, these moments are tiny victories!!!

My first week in trios rivieres, mostly was spent on the campus of UQTR. On part of the green trail of quebec, the campus is situated a bit out of town (30 minute walk) but surrounded by lovely trails that move through forested areas, parks and meadows. If you take the trail several km north of the university you would reach the Forges!

The first weekend of the program, the EIF program provides buses to go to a variety of locations within trios rivieres. The musee de culture populaire is not to be missed with its sometimes bizarre but always thought provoking exhibits! For $9 this museum is totally worth it. The freaky funeral exibit gets your skin a bit crawly by really making you feel like you are attending wakes through the ages and examining real undertakers tools and tables. The crime exhibit showcasing the various crimes in quebec’s history also gets your heart pumping with actual pieces of an airplane crash and straight razors used in suicides.

In Shawinigan, I went to the “espace Shawinigan” an art space located in an old industrial building. For $8 (student price, regular $10) I got to see 3 rooms created by Ruchard purdy, installation art. While the art was cool, specificially the concept  of walking around on water and looking at the paintings as they reflect in that water, $8 was a little much for a relatively small exibit. Small is the wrong word, its enormous installation art. But once I finished a 35 minute walk around… I was done.  An old lady asked me (in French) is there another room? I said no and she said “Ive seen better”. I think perhaps I am just not appreciating art at the same level that others are, since my boyfriend (who works here) says people spend hours walking around.

1happykat says:
Enjoyed ready your entry. As an Anglophone I can appreciate your comment about 'tiny victories'. My husband is the current commander of the 62nd Artillery Regiment in Shawinigan and although we live in Montreal there are many functions for me to participate in en francais so I too have some 'tiny victories' but many more 'tiny embarrassments'.
Posted on: Feb 08, 2012
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