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North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal September 9th 2014

We travelled to Quebec today. It is only about 120 miles from Montreal. We arrived here early so I thought I would add some more observations that I had about Montreal since I was afraid that I would be kicked off the internet last night. Beautiful weather here. Around 72, sunny and no humidity. I am doing laundry in our RV. I have a washer/dryer combination that will only hold a small amount of clothes (about 10 lbs. max). So, you have to do laundry everyday if you have enough amperage coming in to the coach. Montreal has a large Chinatown. The early workers came from China to work in the mines and on the railroad. One of our guides was from Hong Kong. He said that he has been here 20 years. He worked in ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal September 8th 2014

I am going to try this again. I had it typed and the internet shut down. Yesterday we drove from New York State to Montreal Canada. We saw mostly farms consisting of corn and some soybeans. I would like to thank Glenn and Glenda for being our leaders on this trip. I was especially glad that they were our guides yesterday as all of the road signs and mileage was in French and kilometers. We arrived at our RV park and then we all had a picnic. I grilled brats. Today we took a trip to the city of Montreal. I learned something new today. The city of Montreal is on an island in the St. Lawrence River. There are 6 bridges going to the island. There are one million, eight hundred thousand people living in ... read more
Glenda,Glenn, Phyllis,Rich

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal September 6th 2014

Bonjour à tous, La mission job s'avère plus difficile que je l'avais imaginé. En tout cas pour trouver dans mon domaine. La plupart des français qui m'entourent ont trouvé mais ce sont des petits boulots. Si au cours du mois de septembre je n'ai toujours pas trouvé, je chercherai de ce côté. Les offres de petits jobs sont nombreuses en cette rentrée, notamment sur Kijiji, une sorte de Bon Coin québécois. Pendant ma recherche, il m'est arrivé une anecdote marrante : En ce moment les tournages sont nombreux à Montréal, c'est pourquoi il y a pas mal d'offres pour être figurant. Je correspondais au profil pour un film français traitant de la 1ère guerre mondiale : "La peur" de Damien Odoul (révélé grâce au film "Le souffle" en 2001). Je postule donc en envoyant ma photo. ... read more
L'arrière du décor du spaceship de la série "Ascension"
La piste de course dans "Race"
Toujours sur le tournage de "Race"

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal August 27th 2014

After Québec City I took the train back down to Montréal, where I stayed for the night before getting the plane back to Paris on the Thursday evening. On Wednesday I was able to have a brief but very welcome and much-needed catch-up with an old friend from Strasbourg, Laurence, who I hadn't seen in over 4 years. On Thursday I didn't have much time, but I did have just enough for a quick wander around taking some last snaps before having lunch, putting postcards in the post and sending myself back to Europe after what felt like a brief but outstandingly enjoyable two and a half weeks!... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Plateau Mont-Royal August 27th 2014

On my last day in Montréal, I spent the day exploring a livelier, trendier part of Montréal called the Plateau - think Montréal's answer to Shoreditch or Stoke Newington. Lots of street art, excellent restaurants, independent shops, bars and cafés, second-hand (and sometimes anarchist) bookshops, record stores, and most importantly, some of the best smoked meat sandwiches, poutine and bagels in Montréal. I spent the afternoon gorging on a delicious smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz's - a long-running deli in the Jewish tradition with a well-worth-it queue going halfway down the street for both takeaways and eating in - and, almost immediately after, stocking up on hot, freshly wood-oven-baked, beautiful bagels from the Saint-Viateur bakery, always mentioned as one of the two best bagel bakeries in Montréal alongside Fairmount Bagels. This is one of the nicest ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal August 27th 2014

On my second full day of Montréal I went to what I partly came there for: a 3-day music festival on the St Lawrence island park Jean-Drapeau called Osheaga. The festival is possibly Canada's biggest with about 40,000 attendees each day, and attracts people from all over the continent and sometimes even from across the pond back in Europe: despite taking place in the predominantly francophone Montréal, there was a lot more English spoken at the festival than French. Saturday was a particular highlight with some of my favourite acts playing including The Dismemberment Plan - an indie band who headlined the smallest stage and whose surprisingly mature lyrics about the transitions and changes one lives through in one's mid-20s have been very important to me over the last few years since leaving on my first ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Old Montréal August 27th 2014

The St. Lawrence river, with the third largest drainage area in North America covering 1,610,000m2from its farthest draining site in the Great Lakes, runs from the outflow of Lake Ontario through two provinces - Ontario and Québec - out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence at its enormous estuary. From Lake Ontario to its mouth, it also happens to flow through several of Canada's major cities - including Toronto, Montréal, Québec and, by way of a major tributary, the nation's capital Ottawa - which makes it a convenient base for the itinerary of a first trip to Canada. Without having planned it deliberately, this 2 1/2 week trip almost entirely took place along the St. Lawrence River and its sources, providing a thematic continuity to it all. Flying out from Paris, my trip began with five ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal August 25th 2014

In May 2013, we decided we didn’t want to live a sedentary, routine-based life and decided to buy an RV and leave on an eight-month road trip. We planned and prepared for four months, and September 1st, we were on the road with our two year old beagle, Abbey. During those four months, we bought our RV, a 1974 Winnebago Indian – that we absolutely fell in love with; we found a tenant for the time we’d be gone; we sold our car; Mat quit his job; and I got permission to work twenty hours a week instead of forty. I am fortunate to be working as a software quality assurance specialist and be able to work remote. So there we were, a couple in our late twenties, with a Winnebago older than us, traveling Canada ... read more
Mat, Pat and Abbey

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal August 21st 2014

Ottawa est la capitale fédérale du Canada. Située en Ontario, 890 000 habitants, au bord de la riviere Outaouais, résidence officielle de premier ministre du Canada, Stephen Harper, ainsi que toutes les grandes institutions fédérales du Canada. Mon intention ce matin en me levant, était de demander audience a Stephen Harper, et lui faire savoir que mon ami Pier Lalonde, était tres mécontent de sa prestation de premier ministre. Je n' ai eu que des fins de non recevoir. Je suis un peu décu. J' ai déjà proposé a Pier de faire l' échange avec F. Holland. Ca été un gros NON. En me rendant a la résidence du premier ministre j' arrive juste a l' heure pour la releve de la garde voir plus car il y pas mal d' officiels, d' officiers installés sur ... read more
Ottawa la riviere des Outaouais
Montebello salle a manger
le parlement canadien

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal August 15th 2014

Hello à tous, J'ai enfin posté toutes les photos et vidéos de notre road trip, je vous laisse aller voir si ce n'est pas déjà fais? Dans chaque post du road-trip, j'ai rajouté des images ! Sinon le retour à Montréal a été rapidement studieux pour ma part. J'ai cherché rapidement à obtenir Internet pour d'abord faciliter mes recherches d'emploi. Ici Internet est très cher : environ 50-60 dollars par mois! Du coup les voisins de palier font des "collocs" d'Internet ! L'un prend un abonnement Internet, et fournit à son voisin le code wifi. L'autre paye la moitié du prix. C'est ce que je fais avec mon voisin sachant que j'ai pris un abonnement chez "Videotron", un des 2 grands fournisseurs Internet du Canada. J'en ai trouvé un à 64 dollars par mois, sachant que ... read more
Le "downtown" de Montréal
L'entrée du quartier chinois de Montréal
Le film de Dubai en préparation ! ;)

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