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Fickle Friday’s and Fun Festivals

Today is the start of a number of festivals, the Rickard’s BBQ festival, the Vintage Car festival, the Street Music festival, and also the opening of our new, covered, Grand Marché selling regional and seasonal products. You know the stuff, cheese and meats that make your mouth water, artisan-made breads and pastries, fresh fruit and veg from the region, and all things arty and edible. So, of course, it’s raining. And I mean, peeing down in a steady, dull soaking wetness … I think you get the picture. And we’re due rain for, get it, the entire three days of these festivals. It never fails. You can almost guarantee wet weather will mess up the start of the summer festivals. It’s almost a given. We were especially looking forward to a day out at both the BBQ fest and then, the vintage car fest, in which over a 1000 vintage cars will be on view—and there’s usually a lot of food and drink to go with this festival too, situated in one of the most …

The Neptune Inn

Walk down the length of the Petit Champlain and you come to a break in the buildings and, painted on the end side of one is a large, colourful mural: The Neptune Inn. The inn itself, however, was actually located on the corner of Côte de la Montagne and rue Sault au Matelot. It was there that this popular eating and drinking establishments of the early 1800s, stood. According to Irish journalist Edward Allen, who toured Canada with a certain Captain Blake, the Neptune was a favourite haunt of sea captains passing through the port. Now, of course, all that’s left is a brightly colourful depiction of what the inn might have looked like, back in the day.