It is Hot, Hot , Hot here in Canada!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2006

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Saturday, September 3, 2005

Afternoon all! Well we finally made it into Canada!!!!
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!
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Bonjour mes amis
Wow! I'm impressed Emily - you've really gone and done it! Not only are you travelling and living the good life, but you're finding time to tell us boring old farts back in sunny Southampton (oh yes, very sunny) all about it.
Well, we're enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon here in Hythe and are looking forward to another week at work (12 weeks to go for me and just four for Scottie!!) and are about to crack open some lagers with Mikey Mike.

Mike says not to go to Saskatoon - it's apparently the most boring place in Canada. He compares it to Eastleigh (only less cosmopolitan, with just as many charity shops and a few less chavs).

Interesting fact of the week - Did you know that one in three snake bite victims is drunk. One in five is tatooed. So watch out you two!!

Hugs and kisses to you both,

Jeanius and Scottie Poo.

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