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North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Downtown September 30th 2019

Today's the flight to Tokyo but not until 3:00pm, so I figured I'd wander around the area of my Hotel in Chinatown in the morning before checking out and going to the airport. Nothing particularly eventful happened, except on one street a shabby man turned and started following me. I can never tell if these type of people are people that have some sort of mental disability or are on some sort of drugs so I continued on cautiously aware of him while going about my business which was just wandering. I feel like he could have been after my phone if it was in my back pocket but i had already removed my phone from my pocket before entering the neighbourhood and put it elsewhere. I entered the supermarket at one point just to look ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Downtown September 29th 2019

Today's the start of the journey to Tokyo. For me that means getting to Montreal first, then laying over there because flights in and out of Labrador are weird now. I arrived in Montreal approximated 9:30 pm. I was hoping to get out and do something in Montreal that evening but since it was a Sunday most things were just beginning to close or were closing shortly not long after I arrived. I stayed at Travel Lodge in Chinatown district and it was overall pretty nice.... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Old Montréal September 22nd 2019

Day 5 dawned yet again hot but with a scent of the rain to come. A little overcast. Tonight, we take the overnight train to Halifax, but we have a last day in Montreal so we take it easy and don't get out till just before 11 when the Archaeological Museum opens. We walk down the old narrow streets to the waterfront and buy our tickets. There is a movie about old Montreal starting in 7 minutes so we scoot right in to learn about the immigrants who risked everything to leave their homelands to make a new life in Canada. Today Canada is comprised of English - 18.34% Scottish - 13.93% French - 13.55% Irish - 13.43% German - 9.64% Italian - 4.61% First Nations - 4.43% Canada's history is so very intertwined with the ... read more
On St. Laurant Street
Museum lunch
Proper way to set a table

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City September 21st 2019

Day 3: Bonjour! Up at 6am as we are going to Quebec City, a three hour drive east, down the St. Lawrence River. Our Gray Line shuttle picks us up at the hotel at 7:25 and it is full except for 2 seats in the back. We squish in the back. I'm next to two men from Germany. The ladies next to Cope in the seats in front of me, are from England and we hear Spanish someplace around the driver. This shuttle will take us to the "real" bus for our 3 hour ride to Quebec City. When we get to the Gray Line Station in downtown Montreal we are told that our internet printed tickets are not really tickets so we have to go wait in line and get real tickets. Okay ;-) When ... read more
Quebec Old Twon
Cope Jean Quebec City
Jean umbrella street

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Old Montréal September 21st 2019

Day 4: After our long day in Quebec City, we didn't get out in the town today until late morning. We wandered around, had lunch at an outdoor pizza place near the Old Town docks and Old Montreal. The table next to us ordered an XXXL pizza for the 4 of them. When it arrived, it was the largest pizza we have ever seen. We were amazed, the 4 of them ate almost all of it. We had been gawking at their pizza and sharing smiles now and then so, after they finished, they offered a gigantic slice to us. NIce! It was exactly like the pizzas you get in Rome. Extremely thin crust, not many toppings and crisp, crisp, crisp. What nice people to share their lunch. Turns out they are from Nebraska and Iowa ... read more
Waterfront at Old port
Cope on Tour Boat
St. Jean Cartier Bridge

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Old Montréal September 19th 2019

Day 1: Bonjour! The weather gods are with us! This whole week is going to be sunny and beautiful. I cannot believe we waited so long to come to Montreal. It is a beautiful, friendly, safe, island community of about 2 million people (4 million total in the surrounding areas)... about the size of Phoenix. The evening we got to our hotel in Old Montreal, we decided to talk a walk around and find dinner. Everywhere we looked had so much history as this was the beginning of Montreal 400 years ago. Since we do so much genealogy it was fun to overlay our heritage with the founding of Montreal. Cope's family, Norcross, was in Maine by the 1600's and my family, Maddox was in Jamestown, Virginia. Everything was new on this side of the ocean. ... read more
Notre Dame Basilica
Crew Collective & Cafe
Cookie Stefanie Gluten Free & Sugar Free

North America » Canada » Quebec August 30th 2019

The St-Lawrence river is the river draining all the 5 North American great lakes. In the St-Pierre's lake region, the river gets larger, (hence called a lake), the region is filled with marshes. I went to hike trails in Berthier, where you can visit that habitat. The island is criss crossed by many small channels, full of aquatic plants. Parts of the island are also used for agriculture in a sustainable way. It gives way to a great variety of landscapes. The big surprise was to see how much frogs there were, especially the leopard's frog!! They were everywhere on the trails, a big sign that the environment is healthy. Saw some turtles, herons, egrets, wood peckers, and many monarch butterflies. The succession of forests, marshes and fields is really beautiful! There's no entrance fee and ... read more
monarch butterfly
leopard frog
entrance trail

North America » Canada » Quebec » Îles de la Madeleine August 1st 2019

C'est loin en titi mais c'est définitivement un des plus beaux endroits du Québec, un véritable trésor caché, ça vaut la peine d'y aller ! La tournée des saveurs est un must.... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 23rd 2019

What a week we have had! We have been patting ourselves on our backs for what a good job we have done immersing ourselves in the culture and history of this remarkable city. We planned in enough days to not feel rushed in seeing and doing what ever struck our fancy, and that idea worked perfectly for us. This particular trip feels as if it is one of the best city tours we have ever done. Yay us!! We didn’t have to catch our flight until mid afternoon (more great planning on our part!!) so we slept in this morning. After another BIG and very tasty breakfast we came back up to our room to pack for our flight home. Question of the day...why do things NEVER go back into a suitcase the same way each ... read more
Very nice airport

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 22nd 2019

Just as a “housekeeping note” we wanted to pass along a thought: We have been told with great authority a time or two through the years that French Canadians tend to be very rude and refuse to speak English even if they are fluent in the language. Our experience has been just the opposite. We came here knowing that there could be a language barrier because we might have ten words of French between the two of us...spoken with a Tennessee accent no less! With the exception of one person we came in contact with (and we think he was having a bad day), everyone was more than kind, and bent over backwards to answer any questions, give any needed directions, try to help us pick up a French word or two, and even asked us ... read more
Old science lab
Present day English library
Present day English library

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