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Acadian Felicity

Canadian New Brunswick invited me in for a one of a kind adventure featuring food, feast and folklore.

Story by Katharina Maria Zimmermann October 11th, 2015

BElated BIENVENUE

It is not the easiest task to get from my hometown Graz to New Brunswick. I had to take 3 planes and a good sprint at Montreal airport to finally arrive at this amazing place, where everything seems to be arranged around a curious animal called “homard” or rather “lobster”. Funnily, nobody else of the group managed to get into the final flight to Moncton. Not even my suitcase. So I spent 2 solemn but wonderful hours in the bathtub and bed of the Maison Tait House. And with a little patience also my clothes and the other participants arrived in “The lobster capital of the world” named Shediac.


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Lovely, lovely lobster

Already at dinner I found out that lobster is the protagonist of every menu. I mean – there are things far worse than that. With me being a seafood lover this put me into a rather good mood. And the lobster I had that night was probably the best I’d ever had. The next day started early. Not, because we had to, but because of the bad boy named jetlag. After a grand breakfast we went out and soon saw red. “Homard” everywhere!


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united colors of Buoys

Yes – you wish you had one of them hanging around in your apartment or your office, reminding you of the vastness and freedom the sea brings in your life. Unfortunately each and every one of them weighs a ton. So I couldn’t bring any of them with me. Not even for you.

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Bouctouche touch

Well, what’s in a name? Bouchtouche sounds exciting and weird, even when you hear it lots of times. We drove for one hour to get to the “Le Peys de la Sagouine”, where we learned a lot about the Acadian author Antonine Maillet and the characters of her books. They seem to live on this wooden island, telling you about the hardships of their lives and the imaginary fights they had with their neighbors. I personally had the best time in the sweet shop. It sold vintage candy. I had to have it.

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A NATIONAL PARK NAMED KOUCHIBOUGUAC

Biking, biking on the trail. Who is the first at the beach? Probably those lovely ladies dressed in yellow.

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Bear CROSSING

During the little big bear safari we got the chance to see more bears than ever before. So sweet! I couldn’t stop watching them!

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CUTE OVERLOAD!

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ON THE ROAD TO CARAQUET

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LOOK THROUGH ME!

Apparently this house has no secrets. It is part of the Village Historique Acadien, where they transported old Acadien houses from all parts of the country to one place. It is very interesting to stroll through the different epochs of Acadien living. From the first settlers to a 19th century hotel. (Where you could actually stay!)


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LOBSTER FACE

Have you ever seen a blue lobster? Well – we have!

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LOBSTER TWO FACE!

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COUCOU AT MISCOU

A lighthouse and plenty of nature & seafood – that’s how we experienced Miscou. The best time to visit it, is October, cause then almost everything that is green in summer turns red. Amazingly beautiful. We also made it to and on the lighthouse, which was built in 1856. The view you enjoy from there is aaawweeeesooooommmeeee!

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ACADIaN HIGHLIFE

La Grande Tintamarre is celebrated every 15th of August. Traditionally it’s all about making noise and being heard. So many people (about 20.000) gather on one street in Caraquet to demonstrate the vibrance of Acadian culture. Exactly at 17:55 o’clock, when the Acadians were deported by the British, the church bells ring and the noise commences. Old and young, tall and small, everyone is on their feet, dressed in the four colors of the Acadians: blue, white, red and yellow. When this event started, I had goosebumps – and I couldn’t stop watching all the funny and creative costumes people had made especially for this event.

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Footnote: I brought my EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4L USM.
New Brunswick, Kanada