le d’Orléans has many designated historic properties, like this former home of a river pilot with its ornate cast iron railings. The riverside house recalls the bucolic parishes of New France. (Photos By Meg Pier for The Boston Globe)
le d’Orléans has many designated historic properties, like this former home of a river pilot with its ornate cast iron railings. The riverside house recalls the bucolic parishes of New France. (Photos By Meg Pier for The Boston Globe)

The Boston Globe
By Meg Pier
Globe Correspondent / May 22, 2011

ÎLE D’ORLÉANS, Québec — Entering through the front door of Auberge La Goéliche, we were greeted with a festive crowd that burst into song, voices raised in sweet French cafe music featuring the nostalgic chords of an accordion. We quickly realized the serenade was not for us but the couple who had preceded us: According to a small placard, Robert and Jocelyn were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

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