In 2008, two years before i became interested in genealogy, my wife, daughter and i went to England.
On this trip we took a one day trip to Paris by train. When we got to Paris we were taken on a sightseeing tour, cruised the Seine and were dropped off in downtown Paris and told to come back to the bus in two hours. After a bit of shopping we thought we should have wine and cheese at a Bistro. The picture is of of my wife and daughter at the Bistro. Note the name of the street. (Cue the Twilight Zone music).
Now, go forward two years. I am starting into genealogy and found that our earliest link to France is Simon Robineau and Anne Larche who lived in St. Roch parish in central Paris. One of their children (Michel Robineau) moved to Nouvelle France around 1700 and is the first “foreign” ancestor to my line of the Robineau’s. The paragraph below gives a bit of background on Michel.
“Michel Robineau Desmoulins, pionneer, was the son of Simon Robineau and Anne Larche who remained in France. He was born circa 1683 on rue Saint-Honoré in the parish Saint-Roch of Paris. He died in the Montréal Hospital on 27 October 1738 and was buried the next day by Father Dargent in the presence of Father Peigne and of the Ecclesiastic Guard.”
St. Roch church where Michel Robineau was baptized is two blocks away from this Bistro.