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  • Day11

    Am Abend geht es für uns ins Viertel „Quartier du Plateau“ wo wir bei Schwartz‘s ein Smoked Meat Sandwich zu Abend essen. Da es inzwischen immer stärker regnet machen wir uns danach gleich wieder auf dem Rückweg ins Hotel, wo wir die Zeit nutzen um unsere Weiterreise weiter zu planen. Kurz darauf werden wir davon überrascht, dass wir das Feuerwerk der International Firework Competition direkt von unserem Zimmer aus sehen können. Und so kommen wir in den Genuss im Trockenen auf dem Bett des Hotelzimmers sitzend, fast eine Stunde Feuerwerk sehen zu dürfen. ♥️Read more

  • Day10

    Olympiapark (Montreal)

    August 7 in Canada

    Da es noch deutlich zu früh ist um im Hotel einzuchecken, fahren wir mit dem Auto zuerst die etwas abgelegeneren Sehenswürdigkeiten an. Erstes Ziel ist hierbei der Olympiapark Montreals, der Austragungsort der Olympischen Spiele von 1976. Der hier stehende Aussichtsturm ist der höchste geneigte Turmbau der Welt. (45 Grad Neigung)

  • Day10

    Weiter geht es zum Marche Jean Talon, dem größten Markt unter freiem Himmel in ganz Nordamerika. Hier werden vor allem Obst, Gemüse, Kräuter und Blumen gehandelt, aber auch ein paar vereinzelte Wurst, Fisch, Fleisch und Eierstände gibt es. Außerdem gibt es etliche Imbissbuden und Cafés.
    Wir schauen uns um und teilen uns zum Mittagessen einen Buchweizencrepe mit herzhafter Füllung und Ahornsirup (ja, das schmeckt tatsächlich) bevor es weiter geht.Read more

  • Day10

    Mont Royal (Montreal)

    August 7 in Canada

    Auf dem Weg zum Hotel legen wir noch einen kurzen Stop im Parc Mont Royal ein und genießen von einem der Aussichtspunkte die Aussicht auf die Stadt. Wir hatten uns erst überlegt uns in der weitläufigen Parkanlage noch ein wenig die Beine zu vertreten, entscheiden uns aber dagegen, da es schon deutlich später ist als gedacht und es uns außerdem auch einfach h deutlich zu heiß ist. Deshalb fahren wir nun erst mal ins Hotel um einzuchecken und uns eine kurze Pause zu gönnen, bevor es heute Abend auf Entdeckungstour ins „Zentrum“ führt.Read more

  • Day5

    Visiting Family

    November 18, 2017 in Canada

    Last night was a night of firsts - first time Ian and Angus met my aunt and uncle (Anne & Will Vandenberg), the first time Angus ate duck (Duck a la l’orange), and the first time we used Uber to get back to the hotel (as my aunt didn’t have the taxi number).

    We had a lovely evening at Anne and Will's. My aunt, who is 87 years old, cooked a delicious 3 course meal - vol au vent for entree, duck a l’orange for main, and a croquenbouche for dessert. She wanted to prepare a French inspired meal to reflect her heritage (and dishes my grandmother had taught her). We spent about five hours there - it was great to catch up on what my aunt and her family had been up to. My uncle has been diagnosed with PSP (progressive supra nuclear palsy), which is similar to Parkinson’s in some way, and affects your vision and balance and causes tremors, and there is no cure. Currently my aunt cares for him with minimal assistance, but as the disease progresses she will need to bring in a nurse to assist as she plans to keep him at home as long as possible. Will is in good spirits and coping very well with his condition, and it was nice for Anne to have company.

    The roads in Montreal are in pretty bad condition, and there is so much road works underway that the traffic is a nightmare. The trip out to my aunts that should normally take about 30 minutes took over an hour. Luckily, the Uber ride back took only 30 minutes. Always nice to catch up with family, as they are so generous and welcoming.
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  • Day3

    Montreal

    November 16, 2017 in Canada

    We have finally arrived at our first destination, beautiful Montreal. What a contrast to arriving in LA - no queues, friendly staff and a clean airport. We are staying at the Sofitel, Golden Mile in downtown Montreal. We plan to tour the city tomorrow as it is the pick of the days for the weather. I have been awake for about 33 hours, but I still feel ok - I find it easier to just adjust to the new time zone if I go to bed the same time I normally would. Snow is predicted to fall overnight - we might wake to a white Montreal!Read more

  • Day5

    Leonard Cohen and more

    November 18, 2017 in Canada

    This morning we headed out fairly early and walked to the Museum of Contemporary Art to see the Leonard Cohen Exhibition "A Crack In Everything". It was a very interactive and moving exhibition. I particularly enjoyed the "I’m Your Man" exhibit - a video installation which brings together a community of ardent Leonard Cohen fans to pay posthumous tribute to the late legend. Each of the eighteen individuals featured was offered the opportunity to perform and record his own version of Cohen’s comeback album, "I’m Your Man", in a professional recording studio in Montreal. The video installation also included the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir doing the album’s backing vocals. This was an all-male choir representing the Westmount congregation that Cohen belonged to all his life.

    As we left the exhibition we watched a bit of the Santa Claus Parade, before walking down to Old Montreal where we explored the cobbled streets and had a late lunch at a French Restaurant called Marche de la Villette. Here Angus and I had a croque monsieur, and Ian had a croque madame. We then walked across town to find the Leonard Cohen portrait that is on the side of a building. It took us a while to find it, but it was worth it. We also found a great little coffee place - Pigeon - best coffee so far in Montreal, even thought the sign out the front said it was the worst. (The barista said that this was to cover themselves, and was very chuffed when we said that the coffee was up to Melbourne standards.)

    Then, as we were heading back to our hotel along a very upmarket street, I noticed a store that had some lovely costume jewellery on display. It was called MUTT & JEFF. I went in to find out how much they cost, and met the designer/store owner, and so I ended sending Ian & Angus back to the hotel while I stayed to get dressed by Tom in a range of his clothes. It was a great experience, and I purchased a number of pieces. His clothes are beautiful, comfortable and so flattering. I walked out of the store feeling fabulous. On the way back to the hotel I ran into the Toronto Leafs, an ice-hockey team in town to play the Montreal Habs. I only realised who they were because of the fans waiting outside their hotel to cheer them on.

    We are going to stay in tonight as it is cold with rain and snow predicted around 9pm.
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  • Day6

    Dinner with the Ollivier's

    November 19, 2017 in Canada

    We spent a lovely afternoon and evening with my uncle, cousins and their families. We had a delicious meal prepared by Annick and dessert by Genevieve, plus great wine, lots of laughing and conversations - not always easy when some don’t speak much English and we only speak basic French, but we muddled through.

  • Day5

    Montreal - sightseeing #1

    November 18, 2017 in Canada

    After a very good sleep in very comfortable beds (thanks Sofitel), we treated ourselves to a delicious breakfast in the hotel restaurant. The boys had an omelette and I had bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon. (I have been advised that Montreal’s bagels are superior to those of NYC - I will post my results after some further tasting!)

    The concierge suggested a 3 hour tour of the major sites of Montreal. The shuttle was late to pick us up and take us to the tour bus, so by the time we boarded we all had to sit separately. This turned out to be a good thing, as both Ian and I sat next to lovely people. I sat next to Yolanta who was visiting from Poland - she was accompanying her husband on a business trip - so while he worked she played the tourist. We chatted like we had been friends for years and she has invited us to visit her in Poland (I also invited her to give us a call if she is ever in Melbourne). Ian sat next to Sandra, who was from Toronto, and had accompanied her husband who was coaching his ice-hockey team in a regional competition. Sandra hates ice-hockey, so she too opted to do the tourist thing.

    The tour itself was pretty good as an introduction to Montreal. We visited Old Montreal, the Old Port, Notre-Dame Basilica, Chateau Ramzey, City Hall, Place Jacques Cartier, a (slow) drive along the F1 race track, McGill University, St Joseph Oratory, the Olympic Stadium, the Biosphere and the Biodome, a drive through a couple of inner city suburbs, and then a lookout at Mount Royal - where there was snow still on the ground from the snow fall overnight. That should give you an idea of how cold it is here! Very bloody cold, but we have the appropriate attire to ensure we remain comfortable and warm.
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  • Day5

    Food in Montreal

    November 18, 2017 in Canada

    As most who read this would know, the McNicol family enjoys food, and we try to be adventurous and try new and different cuisines. For breakfast I had bagels with cream cheese and salmon. Today we had lunch at Reuben's Deli and Steakhouse. I had a smoked meat sandwich, and Ian had Poutine, a local dish of French fries, cheese and gravy (also with smoked meat). Angus had a burger. It is a good thing we are walking everywhere - we need to so that we can burn off all the food we are eating.Read more

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