Slowing down the pace

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

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Thursday, September 8, 2005

Well we did the first Coach trip to Kingston, Ontario. This little town sits on Lake Ontario - (bigger than Wales!!) and the pace of life here is noticeably slower!
We spent the first night in a Motel and experienced the first days of Fresher week for the many students who just returned back for Labour Day weekend (a national holiday here in Canada)! We walked into town from our Motel as the guy said it was only 10-15 minutes away. What he forgot to mention was this timing is by car and most definitely not by foot. Over an hour and a half later we staggered into the harbour area into the hubub of town life. (We won't be doing that again in the heat of the afternoon sun down a very dull stretch of interstate!!!!).
Kingston is a kind of hip n'groovy little place which was the kind of break we needed from the city slicker types of Montreal!! We mooched around and sat by the boats, had huge portions of fabulous Cambodian dinner for $10, which also did us for breakfast the next day - ahhh life on a budget and leftovers first thing, you can't beat it!!!!
We took a free (!Marvellous!) ferry over to Wolfe Island, which is the largest of the 1000 islands on Lake Ontario, but really needed a bike or car to explore so just had lunch, enjoyed the sunshine and took the 20 min ferry ride back.
As it was Labour Day we were treated to music in the park, some laid back jazz numbers and then later some Canadian Rock!
We stayed in the most interesting B&B - the Alexander Henry, the Canadian Coastguard's icebreaker boat, which went out of service 1985. We stayed in the Chief Officer's room - with excellent views of the lake. It was like an adventure playground for Adult's as we got to explore most of the ship before battening down the hatches for the night. There were mosquito's on deck but we were spared as they were hastily eaten by the big-momma spiders (Ahhhhh!)
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