We're in bloody France!!!!!

Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
Trip End Feb 28, 2007

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Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Monday, September 4, 2006

Oh my god we have got the wrong bus...but hey no hang on a minute you can't cross the atlantic on a bus!!?? I was confused...everything had suddenly gone french? I thought we were in Canada...but somehow i seemed to be wrong!!!

Okay so i knew Quebec was french...but what i didn't know was that it was more french than France!!!! I mean hey they don't even speak english here!!!!!!

After arrival we tried to find the hostel in yet more pouring rain. Couldn't find it...probably something to do with all the french? Oh yeah and thanks Lonely Planet for putting it on the wrong side of the raod on your map! Were soaked when we got there...hostel is kinda cute though...if you forgive the frenchness!

Went wandering in downtown Montreal! It has old buildings!! Real old buildings...not plaques where they once stood!! It reminded me of....now where was it....oh yeah france!!!!! Couldn't resist Burper king for lunch...despite all the cool french cafes! Hey they speak french in them...what do you expect...ordering a burger was hard enough!

Headed back...i was tired just for a change....the lack of sleep on the damn greyhound could have something to do with it....slept for hours!!! (personally i could have slept all night....but then thats just strange old me!)
Got up neil cooked pasta with wierd sauce...i didn't eat it! Problem was you could only cook in kitchen between stupid hours of 5 and 8...which was too early for me...
Neil decided to be nice to me and cheer me up...by taking me out for a beer!
Found the latin quarter of montreal...and an amazing little street lined with french style bars (even if we did end up in a mexican one)...with tables on the street! Enjoyed a beer and nachos...free nachos...watching the world go by.

A nice way to end a good day...even if it did bloody rain (again).

Next day we went to see if we could find some even older buildings! Headed into old quebec. Was a little wierd at first...it was all deserted. Found the waterfront...the 'happening' place of montreal...er where? Headed back to the main street with its shops....millions of tourist shops...there were some cool ones though...an indian art one (native indians that is!), with its stuffed polar bear...and masks that Tim would have loved! And a cool shop selling all kinds of fur stuff...freaky but cool!
Found a church....our first notre dame church...they all look the same in quebec...just like the one in paris!
Where is starbucks when you need one? Oh yeah they ban anything english or american here...i forgot....ended up in some wierd food court...coffee was okay though.
Were hungry too but the food court wasn't twmpting...the thing to do in Montreal is eat smoked meat, i wasn't sure...but neil was convinced...all tghe cafes looked scary...neil eventually chose one...the one where the owner nearly shoved us in the door...apparantly the owner said we could have it free if we didn't like it....????? We shared a bacon and cheese sarnie and a smoked meat one...both were yummy...not sure how you supposed to eat the smoked meat one? It was more like a stack of meat, with two little bits of bread at the side...was incredible though Neil says!
Wandered some more...was starting to get busy at this point...too many tour buses...so time to find the hostel again...
No sooner were we back than we had to go out again....my poor tired legs! To find greyhound tickets and food! Neil then cooked me amazing steak sanrnies and onion gravy dip....mmmm...i like meat i do! Eat cookies and guess what!? Yep, no brownie points this time....we played cards!
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