Jul 8, 2012

Frentures - Day 8

Phase 2 - Striking Out On Our Own

After spending a week in Ottawa with our gracious hosts Alexa & Francois, it's time for some new adventures!  The first was to travel by train which is a first for all of us.  It's a short 2 hour trip from Ottawa to Montreal and it was quite enjoyable after the 30 minute delay that was "beyond their control."

Waiting for the train

contemplating her cards in a recent game of '65'

coming into Montreal

Once in Montreal our next adventure was to find our lodging which we booked through air bnb.  Sergio was waiting for us so we jumped in a cab and had to circle around a parade, probably Cari-west.  With the detours and one-way streets our cabbie dropped us off a block and half away and pointed us in the right direction.  We found our place but not before walking through  one of the 'colourful' parts of Montreal.  I wonder if it wasn't the cabbie's little joke for newcomers.  Sorry no pictures, we just kept walking!

we made it

Here's where we will lay our heads for the next week

Adventure #3
Now that we have arrived we need to get a few things from the grocery store and a late lunch.  Luckily we set off in the right direction and find a mall with an IGA.  We decide on the food court for lunch and Avery orders her Subway Sandwich in french!  

After groceries we head back and start laundry, it's been 8 days after all.  Later we're on another adventure to find some of the circus festival happenings.  The cab ride was not a total disaster as it gave us a lay of the land and we were able to find a performing group before finding dinner at a mexican restaurant on St. Denis Street.

Strolling down St. Denis 

Now that's a drink!

After dinner our final adventure is to head into old Montreal as there is a fireworks summer festival with Switzerland presenting tonight.  We were able to watch the fireworks from the foot of the clock tower on Quai de l'Horloge. It was a fantastic show and a great way to end this day!

Old Montreal

From the pier - Biosphere in the background

Clock Tower also called the Sailor's Memorial Clock

 fireworks with Jacque Cartier bridge 

These are a few of the fireworks photos 

1 comment:

  1. This is the part of your trip I've been waiting for. I was born in Verdun and haven't been back since I was 9. Next summer we plan to take our Grandchildren for a visit!


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