Drawn to Quebec: From Nouvelle-France to La Rochelle

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Photo: Illustration © Bethann G. Merkle, 2014

Sketching at the foot of the medieval towers Champlain passed countless times, one can imagine sitting on the quai watching his ships sail for New France.

It might seem strange for a couple from one of the western-most states in the U.S. to make a pilgrimage to the harbour from which the founders of Nouvelle-France set sail. And yet, La Rochelle was this writer's first stop during a recent tour of places in France with Quebec connections.