Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Miquelon, the Empty Town

This is a picture of the town square area of Miquelon, a town of 500 permanent residents. If I was taken there blindfolded and asked where I was, I would have guessed somewhere far north in the Arctic or Greenland in summer. It is a nice, very clean town, with nice homes but almost no people around. I found it a little eerie.

The church is located on one corner of the town square. To one side is a small memorial to all the wars fought that ended with France being in control of these islands.
The library is in the building on the right located in the town square.
 The tourist bureau.
Some shots from around town. These were taken between 2:30 and 3:00 in the afternoon. Notice the absence of people in them.
You can see the sign for the dance hall in this picture. The bank is just past it.
The graveyard.
I was thirsty and saw some people going in here. Turns out it is the town grocery store. Not well signed!
There is a lighthouse just outside of town.
Miquelon from a distance. I have been in small towns before but ones that were within an hour of a some place more populous. Miquelon felt empty and remote. I am glad I had the opportunity to visit it but am very glad I do not live in a place so remote.

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