Ginny Prior’s Happy Wanderer column for the San Jose Mercury News spotlighted Quebec, Canada on August 26. Ginny sets the stage, below:

“The daffodil-colored cottage sat just beyond the road, perched on a knoll and surrounded by grazing sheep.

“Bonjour,” said the woman with the brightly colored apron as if welcoming dear friends. Her kind words entwined with the heady aroma of fresh bread as she showed us to a checker-cloth table near the window. Monet may have painted this scene, were he alive today.

This was not the France I had visited in my 30s or 40s or eight years ago, when I flew with a friend to take a children’s book writing workshop in Paris. In fact, this wasn’t France at all — it was the French-speaking province of Quebec, Canada.”

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