Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ha! Ha!


I recently took a driving holiday to Quebec. One of the places I wanted to see was this town.
With those exclamation marks in its name I thought surely it must be an interesting place.
It is the only town in the world with 2 exclamation points in its name.

A ha ha is a landscape design that creates a lowered vertical wall that still allows an uninterrupted view.

Sadly, there was not much there.
an obligatory huge church and the obligatory small post office
(from where I mailed myself a generic postcard to get the postmark of the town's name)




There was nowhere even to stop for a coffee, but there were amazing views (especially from the church!)

Though, I have since discovered - from reading the French Wikipedia page - there is an Observatory, which might have been interesting had I been around in the evening to see the night sky.

sharing with signs, signs

8 comments:

  1. I rather like the quiet seclusion, V. Granted, the lack of a stopping place for coffee would be disappointing to me, too, but I like the idea of being surrounded by such beauty. That and a really GOOD coffee maker would satisfy me.

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    1. I suppose the "quiet seclusion" is fine if you live there... but I do really like a good cafe!

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  2. lovely views, but not Tim Horton...oh my!

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    1. would not have gone to a Tims anyway!

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  3. I've seen plenty ha has lately, as we've been visiting a few stately homes, but none spells it with exclamation marks. Wonder what the reason for that is? Bizarre!

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    1. No one really knows why it's spelled that way - or even how it got the name. It could be from the expression Ah! Ah! allegedly from the "astonishment of the first travellers at seeing Lake Temiscouata noting its beauty".

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  4. I used to play in a ha ha (which we spelt ha-ha) when I was a child. We used to think it was great fun. I went back to have a look at it some years ago. It was a very good example of why one should never go back to a place of youthful memories!

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    1. Oh dear, it's a shame we have to (literally) grow up.
      In this case, though it's hard to tell, you can't actually see the highway from up in the town. That was, for me, a cool discovery.

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