Sunset over the Celebes Sea, off Borneo (July 2009, Indonesia).
Sunset over the Celebes Sea, off Borneo (July 2009, Indonesia).


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I like this expression Anglo-Saxon. Overseas: literally "beyond the seas, overseas". Understand: "elsewhere, abroad".

A promise from other continents and distant horizons. The more I get into life, the more I dream ofoverseas. Always, this irresistible desire elsewhere ...

Beach in Derawan. (Borneo, Indonesia, July 2009).
Beach in Derawan. (Borneo, Indonesia, July 2009).
The Billabong Scuba pontoon in Mabul. Borneo, Malaysia, July 2009.
The Billabong Scuba pontoon in Mabul. Borneo, Malaysia, July 2009.

I'll come back and talk about Asia, very quickly. From my last escapade in July, I still have to tell you about my island stay in Derawan, off Borneo, in the Celebes Sea. And then to mount my underwater videos shot in Sipadan ...

: roll:

But since my return, at the end of July, another overseas trots in my head.

A project still vague. Which I hoped to concretize in the spring, perhaps. And then, a miraculous and unexpected beach of free time arose in my planning of September, at the very end of the month. Ah, there, there ... How to resist?

So here it is: I decided to cross a new ocean, to leave the other side of the Atlantic. Destination ? Montreal!

-E-ticket booked on Corsair, unearthed with the excellent search engine

It remains for me to potash the travel guide Montreal from the Quebec publisher Ulysses. thanks to Pascalfor his advice on the subject, always advised. And to say that I have not yet found the time to immerse myself in it ... (Note that there is also a digital version to download, like the Lonely Planet.)

In short, once is not custom: I do not take my diving equipment and I fly to the West instead of heading to the Orient!

A first, for me. I have never set foot on the American continent. The two times I took a transatlantic flight, I stopped just before In the Caribbean.

In Montreal, I am going to visit friends who are there for a year. And I hope to finally meet, "in real life", my sister Marie-Julie Gagnon.

No bubbles in anticipation, therefore, for this Canadian week. But new discoveries, a change of scenery of another kind. An American and urban trip on French soil, which promises to be exciting.

That I like to feel this small inner trepidation, this excitement that is reborn with each new project of travel. It's more than impatience. An irrepressible desire to go elsewhere ... overseas.


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  1. Great ! I think you'll like it. I do not know Canada but if it's like the USA, it's the excess that strikes the first time.
    I hope that I too could make this trip, but it will be in the spring if it happens. Inch'Allah!
    Profite bien ! 😀

  2. Hello Corinne,

    J’habite à Montréal depuis toujours et je suis convaincu que tu vas adorer ma ville ! 🙂

    I would have offered to guide you but from what I understand you will live with locals?

    The month of September is beautiful in Quebec, we had a very rainy summer but since the beginning of September the sun is at the rendezvous almost every day. 15 degrees at night, 25 degrees during the day.

    You do well to leave your diving equipment at home! Here we have to walk a long way to make a dive that makes sense and it's so cold !! Combination 14mm minimum even in summer! That is why a large percentage of Quebecers are exiled at least 2 weeks a year to the Caribbean ... (Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic). Many senior citizens spend their complete winter in the south, we call them "snowbirds" here they leave in November and come back when winter is running out of steam in April.

    You stay only 1 week? Do you want to focus on Montreal or do you think of going out of the city?

    A +


  3. I am delighted to know your impressions of this city that I knew for myself in the middle of February; by -20degrees, but "feels like -27degrees" !!!!
    You will actually be far from your bungalows and fish ... but ... you should appreciate the change of scenery.

  4. @PascalK: For a few days, only ...

    @RolK: I will try to deliver my live impressions here, as I do when I'm in Asia. Montreal, it should be better connected than Derawan.

    @Will: "Snowbirds" is pretty ... I think in a week I'll take the time to get away from the city too. Native people and visitors praised me the colors of autumn.

    @ Helen: -20 ° C? No way. But can we really feel a difference between -20 ° C and -27 ° C? Brrr. On even before the cold winter, it will change me from my tropical getaways ...

  5. @ Marie-Julie: J’étais sûre que tu allais m’en parler!!! 😆 😆 😆
    Out of the question to finish portrayed on your blog after 8 hours of flight where I would not have closed the eye, with the loose face and the glassy eye.
    (No, but it's just that I must heal my image nowme, madam. (Although, with a mask and a snorkel, nobody will notice anything.)