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
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!
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