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    • Day 166

      Montréal: Altstadt

      October 28, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Wir schlendern durch die Altstadt und den Hafen. Heute gibt es Poutine, die Fast Food Spezialität aus Québec: Pommes mit Käse und Bratensoße! Überall im Angebot!
      Den Abschluss des Tages macht "Aura", eine Sound- und Lightshow in der Basilika "Notre Dame".Read more

    • Day 25

      Shopping

      June 26, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Wir haben bis 11 Uhr ausgeschlafen!
      Leider hatten wir kein Brot mehr für das Frühstück. Mehr als Eiskaffee war also zum Frühstück leider nicht drin.
      Leider haben wir auch wahnsinnig getrodelt beim Aufstehen und fertig machen.
      Wir haben erst gegen 14:30 das Haus verlassen. Inzwischen waren wir beide mächtig hangry. Der Bowl-Laden, bei em wir frühstücken wollten hatte leider zu. Wir haben ewig nach einer Lokalität gesucht, wo wir frühstücken konnten.
      Letzten Endes sind wir tatsächlich bei McDonald's gelandet.
      Mit der Beute sind wir dann in den Jerry Park gegangen, haben uns ein schattige Plätzchen gesucht und dann stieg auch die Stimmung wieder.
      Boba wurde unterwegs immer wieder von mir von Kopf bis Fuß nass gemacht. Normalerweise mag er das nicht. Aber er hat wohl schnell gemerkt, dass es sonst einfach zu heiß für ihn ist.

      Dann wollten wir bummeln.
      Letzten Endes gab es zwei neue Shirts für Tomek.
      Meine Ausbeute war reichlicher.
      Wir waren in 3 Second Hand Läden. Drei Kleider und drei Shirts für mich 😁
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    • Day 8

      Lovely Evening in Montreal!

      June 29, 2022 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      The lighting was perfect from all the lampposts and string lights as the sun set and then it started to rain, so we moved our table at the dessert place under a tree. Very romantic, pedestrian-only streets, pretty buildings, good food.Read more

    • Day 7

      Notre-Dame Basilica

      August 27, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      This is Rachel's Day! She wanted to go by this old Basilica. It was Canada's first Gothic Revival church, started in 1824. The exterior was based on Notre-Dame de Paris and Saint-Sulpice. The interior, Sainte-Chapelle. Okay enough history, it was cool. Check out the detail in the stained glass. No wonder it took 20 years to complete the interior.Read more

    • Day 7

      Old Montreal Take 2

      August 27, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

      There was so much architecture to be wowed by. One of the cool things Doug pointed out was when they your down an old building, you can still see the outline of the torn down building. It really didn't feel like anything I've ever seen in the US...oh wait, it wasn't in the US.Read more

    • Day 15

      Montréal, Science Center, Hockey

      July 17, 2023 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Ein Vormittag in der Ausstellung mit Spielen, Facts & Features

    • Day 46

      Beavers, Otters, Penguins and More!

      September 22, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Today we are heading off to the Biodome. This is part of the old Montreal Olympic Site. To get there we need to take the Metro (subway). This is another first for me! My trusty little guide (aka Kitten) helps to get me the tickets needed and figures out which one to take and what stops to get off at. Once there we make our way past the construction and into the dome. This place is actually 5 different biospheres. Each one replicates the environment that each species is used to. They do this through planting vegetation that is native to the place where they live. They also have built in running streams and pools that are temperature controlled to make the animals feel at home. Each one is different based on the species in that area.

      First up are the otters. They are so cute playing in the water with a large water jug. They are very sleek and even pose nicely for the camera.
      Next, we see the wood ducks and beavers. They have a den camera so you can see the beavers when they are sleeping. They also have an area where you can view them underwater for a different experience. The beavers don’t pose as well as the otters, but I did my best.
      The next area belongs to the lynx. This is part of the Laurentian Maple Forest exhibit. I have never seen one of these up close before. He/she is quite agitated when we are there. It keeps pacing in front of the screened area. Maybe it can sense or smell something coming. I’m thinking it may be dinner time.

      Then we move onto the aquarium where there are different kinds of fish. There is also a shallow are where you can see different species of starfish and anemones. There are also some lobsters and crabs. Dinner anyone? This area represents the Animals of the Gulf of the St. Lawrence in Eastern Canada. Hey! That’s where I just came from!
      After this we move onto the puffin and waterfowl area of the Labrador Coast. These little guys are flapping their wings and swimming around in their large area. They like their rocky cliffs with the sparse vegetation.
      Of course, we have saved the best for last. Let’s get a lot more southern with the Antarctic region. Yes! We have happy feet penguins here. They have all dressed formally today with little tuxedos for everyone. Some seem to have issues with their hair sticking out everywhere, but most seem to have their plumage under control. It is fun just to watch them waddle around and squawk at each other. Some go for a swim, and it seems like there is a meeting of some sort going on in the corner.

      After we finish here, we hope back on the Metro and head to St. Denis Street for some dinner. Laura’s friend Kate joins us at a taco place. Kate leaves on her trip next month. We have a pleasant time catching up and having dinner.

      Tomorrow, I leave for home. I have one night in Brockville and then I get to sleep in my own bed.
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    • Day 124

      Montréal

      April 8 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      The 7.5-hour connecting flight from Frankfurt landed us in Montreal just after noon on Sunday. We wanted to get here the day before the eclipse to ensure travel delays didn't cause us to miss the spectacle.

      The flight was amazingly good for an Air Canada ride, good food, on time, and not completely sold out.

      We hopped on the 747 bus to get us into town, and I couldn't believe how much the city has changed in seven years. So much construction has taken place in that time that I literally did not know where I was, even in areas that were once my stomping grounds.

      But let's get to the main event. I've always been a bit of a sky watcher, always fascinated by the things that go on in our heavens, meteor showers, planetary alignments, giant harvest moons, and, of course, eclipses. It was last October, while watching the partial solar eclipse, that I learned of today's event and immediately started making plans to see it. We were supposed to spend more time in Italy after our cruise, but neither of us could pass up this once in a lifetime experience, so we cut our Italian stay down to just seven days and decided to stop in Montreal on our way back to Vancouver.

      Today's celestial spectacle confirmed that we made the right choice.

      We made our way to Montreals Old Port to watch the show, and when we arrived at 1:15, thousands of people were already there awaiting the 2:17 start time. Some Cirque de Soleil performers worked through the crowd to help pass the time.

      The eclipse would only reach totality at 3:26, and the crowds anticipation grew with each passing minute.

      Exactly as predicted, at 2:17, the smallest little portion of the lower right corner of the sun disappeared. As the minutes went on, more and more of Old Sol went black until only a tiny sliver of light shone from the top right corner.

      As the sun gradually disappeared, the sky took on a strange hue, a circular rainbow formed in the wispy clouds above, the temperature began to drop, and lights in nearby office buildings began turning on.

      When the last bit of sun was obscured, Baileys Beads danced around the outline of the moon and a brilliant corona formed, allowing everyone to look at the sun without eclipse glasses. The crowd was cheering, clapping, oohing and aahing, and every eye was fixed on the ring of light in the sky.

      A short ninety seconds later, the corona began to dissolve, and we all had to go back to watching through the blackout glasses.

      The beauty and magic of the eclipse is something we will never forget, and Brenda and I agreed we would consider traveling to see another one. I may not be around by the time the next total eclipse crosses North America in 2044, but there will be one over some parts of Europe on August 12, 2026. Time to start planning!
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