Across the River

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“Let’s go to Trentemoult,” I decided.

I remembered visiting the small fishing village on the other side of the river with Feng, a few years ago. We had taken the Navibus, part of the city’s urban transit network, for the short ride to the south bank of the river. Technically, we were just a few minutes from the city centre but this district had a very laid-back vibe.

As soon as we arrived at the station, I realized it may not have been the best idea. My mum doesn’t like water and Mark had only taken a boat once, to go to Toronto Island, when he was still a baby—I had no idea how he was going to react.

We stepped onto the boat and stood at the back, by the engines. I was holding Mark in my arms, my mum by my side. They both looked scared and Mark immediately reached out for my mum. “Weekend sailors comforting each other!” I joked.

Not a single tear was shed, though, and we made it safely to the other side. In a way, Trentemoult reminds me a bit of the colourful barrio of La Boca in Buenos Aires, although much smaller. It definitely has a “bobo” (bourgeois bohême) feel.

You can see the com­plete set of pic­tures taken in France on Flickr.

Nantes (and "Nantes" in Breton)

Nantes (and “Nantes” in Breton)

Waiting for the Boat

Waiting for the Boat

Mark and my Mum, Comforting Each Other on the Boat

Mark and my Mum, Comforting Each Other on the Boat

The Isle of Nantes

The Isle of Nantes

Going to Trentemoult

Going to Trentemoult

Mark and my Mum

Mark and my Mum

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Isle of Nantes

Isle of Nantes

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Trentemoult

Quai de la Fosse

Quai de la Fosse

Loire River

Loire River

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

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