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Published: October 24th 2006
Entering Quebec, the only walled city in North America, it felt as if we had been transported to another continent. We were amazed at how Eurpoean the city is. Angela particularly enjoyed the many art galleries and artisan-filled streets, and together we enjoyed lots of great food and wine.
Our penultimate city, Montreal, felt very familiar. Perhaps it was the cloudy skies and persistent drizzle, but it really reminded us of London. Due to the weather we spent quite a lot of time exploring the Underground City, a modern network of shopping malls & restaurants. During a break in the clouds, we took the opportunity to stroll around the cobbled streets of the more cultural Old Town and along the Waterfront.
Having dropped-off our car in Montreal, we hopped on a train bound for Canada's largest city, Toronto, our home for the final three days of our trip. Greeted by hail and snow, we realised just how long we had been away for! We went up the CN Tower, the tallest structure in the world (and apparently considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world!). After returning to Earth, we went to the Steam
Whistle Brewery for a free sample of the local Pilsner - to steady our nerves of course! After a few too many free samples, we explored the remaining neighbourhoods of the city on foot, allowing our heads to clear before our flight home.
And fly home we must as our American Adventure has come to an end. By using planes, trains, automobiles & even boats, we've crossed the North American continent. For 100 days, we've driven, on average, 100 miles per day and seen many of America's most diverse & spectacular natural features. But, with winter just around the corner, an empty money pot & tired feet, we must pack our bags for home. The time we have spent here has flown past, but we have thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
We hope that you have enjoyed sharing our journey with us. Thank You to those of you who left messages - we've missed you all and can't wait to see you soon!
Lots of Love,
Angela & Martin xx
Some 'Interesting' Statistics:
Number of days in the USA: 51
Number of days in Canada: 49
Number of Canadian Provinces visited: 6
of American States visited: 22
Number of miles driven: 9,877
Hours on trains: 40
Hours on planes: 18
Vehicles hired: 4
Cities Visited: 14
National Parks visited: 14 (7 US, 7 Canadian)
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Thanks for the bloggs and sharing your journey with us - it has been fun following you around!! Trouble is, this potentially brings closer the day I might have to work with Martin again. Groan! Thanks again! Charles ;-)
John and Ffi
Hi Guys - blogs have been fab and remarkably well written! You 'part time' travellers take care, and big huggs from both of us! Only 6 months till we'll see you! love you both John and Ffix