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When I left my sister's place in North Hatley my next destination was Quebec city. However, I made a short stop in St Gabriel north east of Montreal along the way. St. Gabriel (actually St. Gabriel-de-Brandon) is where my grandfather (Phillipe Mondor) was born and lived before he moved to Willow Bunch around the turn of the century (1900). My great grandfather (Elie Mondor) died and was buried in St. Gabriel, so I tried to find signs of him and other Mondors in the grave yard. I had no luck with my great grandfather but I did see a few other Mondors buried there, they would be very distant relatives, if at all. My sister said she tried in the past to locate Elie's grave and had no luck. She said the grave stones she found were so old (Elie died in the late 1800's) that they weren't readable. In my search I only saw a few that dated to the very late 1800's, so I wonder if I was even at the right grave yard (it was the only one the guy in the tourist office knew about). Anyway, it was interesting just the same to be in the town where my great grandfather lived and where my grandfather was born. The search through the graveyard definitely underscores how temporary our time here on earth is - unless one does something of biblical significance, all trace of our existence will eventually be eroded away as stated in Matthew 6:19:

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

To get to St Gabriel from North Hatley I had to cross the St Laurence River near Sorel by ferry, but it was a short crossing that only took about 20 minutes. As we can see in this picture there are two ferries working at this point in the river, one going in each direction (I'm on the one going north and this is the other one going south).

I didn't take too many pictures in St Gabriel. Here are a couple of the church. It was built in 1825.

Here's a couple pictures of the grave yard I mentioned above.