It is Hot, Hot , Hot here in Canada!
Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
29Trip End Jan 25, 2006
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We arrived 7pm Canadian time but it took us two and a half hours to get out of the airport - first we went through passport control, and then we had to queue up for an hour and a half in Immigration - only to be asked exactly the same questions as at Passport Control!!??!! Then just as we thought we could make our escape we had a baggage check! It was a slightly weird and tiring experience but eventually we made it to the Gite du Plateau Mont-Royal where we stayed only the one night - we almost made the mistake of getting in a Limo instead of a taxi at the airport (Jet-lagged and too tired to care)!
So after a restless night with little sleep - due to noisy road just outside our window we ventured out into Montreal in the gloriously hot sunshine!
We are currently staying at Le Hotel de Paris next to a lovely park and near the Latin Quarter - and China Town- where we have feasted for $7.95 for lunch = £4.00 for as much food as we can manage - always a bonus when on a budget
Have forgotten one major and vital thing... my driver`s license DOH! So I will have to make arrangements for that to be flown over to Canada before I even think of hiring a car in the US or NZ!!!! (Dad to the rescue again)Even when you`re on t`other side of world parents are always there!
We have had the pleasure of bunk-beds for the first time in many a year - oh the joys of sharing a room with 14 other people! Unfortunately we have the squeakiest bunk-bed in the world - the slightest movement is probably heard throughout the whole hotel!!
Today we have trekked up Mont-Royal [FACT OF THE DAY: This is where Montreal takes it`s name from after the French named it in 1642], which is an 233 meter extinct volcano. Glorious views of the cityscape and a chance to use my new camera with it`s Stitch Assist mode so that I can create one panoramic image on a computer - it took 12 pics to get the whole view, but worth the effort! Rob and I have probably done more exercise, walking round Montreal in the last couple of days than in a long time - but it is the best way to see a city! I need a rest now...could really do with a holiday, this travelling malarkey is hard-work you know!! No honestly!
It is a Bank-Holiday weekend here in Quebec, but we are escaping to Kingston, Ontario on the bus tomorrow. Kingston is an old fishing town near a beautiful lake - and we hope to be staying in a novel location, but more on that later!
25 degrees+ here and beginning to tan nicely, hope Autumn isn`t too cold yet for you all!?!
Well Au Revoir.
Em & Rob.x.x.
p.s. Forgot to tell you about upsetting a French/Canadian... We went to a pub and got charged $13 for a pint of Guiness and a Vodka and Orange, and he wanted a tip for bringing it over to us, even though we would have been quite happy to pick it up from the bar and walk the small distance of approx 1 foot to the nearest table no questions!!! Scandalous! So we left without tipping (shame on us) but Long Live the British Pub - we miss it! (Well one of us more than t`other!).
Apologies if spelling looks funny am using a weird keyboard. Cèst ne pas fantastique, mais cèst la vie!