September - October 2017
  • Day7

    Canada here we come

    October 5, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Today we crossed over the border to Canada on our way to Montreal. As with most cities it is very busy but has a charm of its own.

    Montréal (sometimes also called Ville-Marie) was founded in 1642 as a missionary colony under the direction of Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance, but the fur trade soon became its main activity.

    Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. Historically the commercial capital of Canada, it was surpassed in population and economic strength by Toronto in the 1970s.

    Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, the largest in the province and the 9th largest city in North America with an estimated population of 1.75 millionin 2016. Montreal's population growth has been slow, and its 2014 population of 1.75 million is little changed from the 2011 census figure of 1.65 million.
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  • Day7

    Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

    October 5, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    As part of a tour of the city we visited the Notre-Dame Basilica. The ornate decoration all carved in wood is stunning.

    Built in the Gothic Revival style, the church is highly decorated. The vaults are coloured deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is decorated in blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblicalscenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal. It also has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, dated 1891, which comprises four keyboards, 92 stops using electropneumatic action and an adjustable combination system, 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.Read more

  • Day6

    The Mount Washington Hotel

    October 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    We stopped on the way to see one of America's most luxurious hotels.

    In 1944, The Mount Washington hosted the Bretton Woods International Monetary Conference. Delegates from 44 nations convened (including Winston Churchill), establishing the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, setting the gold standard at $35 an ounce and designating the United States dollar as the backbone of international exchange. The signing of the formal documents took place in the Gold Room, located off the Hotel Lobby and now preserved as an historic siteRead more

  • Day5

    North Conway

    October 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Our stop for the night is at the Red Jacket Resort in North Conway, as you can see as usual we had our own private swimming pool and jacuzzi 🏊.

    The swimming pools in the US are unusual in that there are no changing rooms near the pool, meaning that either you have to change in your room and walk through the hotel in your swimming costume (which in this case also meant walking through the dinning room while people were eating) or you change in the nearest toilet. It wouldn't be to bad if they provided robes but they don't. Very strange, it seems to be how things are done over here as it was the same in our previous hotel.

    Also the pool towels provided are very small so don't really cover anything up 😗
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  • Day5

    The White Mountains

    October 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    The next couple of hours took us up and through the White Mountains, so called because when they were first discovered they were covered in snow.

    The autumn colours are not yet at their best but hopefully as we move further North in the next couple of days things will change.