St. Pierre et Miquelon is a department of France. St. Pierre is a number of islands. However, only two of these are occupied; St. Pierre et Miquelon. Miquelon is the larger. But it has a smaller population and more rural. St. Pierre is the capitol. A ferry runs between them.
You can get to this Department of France by a ferry from Fortune Newfoundland or a plane from St. John's. When arriving you must go through customs. However for US, CDN, EU persons, you only need simple ID; Passports and visas are not necessary.The currency is the ECU, but US and Canadian money are accepted.
If you ask people where they are from, they say "La Baie", referring to Nfld's Fortune Bay, which their archipelago is nestled in.
There are about 5000 people on St. Pierre with about 2 1/2 thousand vehicles; You can drive around the whole island in about 15 minutes. It is rocky and virtually treeless with sheep scattered around munching on the green grass.
The primary industry is fishing, followed by government. In "The Day”, smuggling was an important occupation; Al Capone visited the island. And one of his straw hats is on display at the Hotel Robert.
For such a small place, the population is very affluent and the place has a vibrant nightlife. Most things are quite expensive. But being France, cigarettes and liquor are cheap. Whenever you buy something, get a packet of Gaulois cigarettes and some vin with it; Suddenly all seems cheap.
The people are curious, warm and friendly. St. Pierre and Miquelon is a "must see" for all
16 rue Georges Daguerre, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
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42, rue Sourdeval, Saint-Pierre
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