Nous sommes arrive a Montreal
Trip Start Jun 05, 2009
28Trip End Jul 03, 2009
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The drive to Montreal was along the Trans-Canada highway we have been following for a couple of days but, understandably, this section is a big dual carriageway, with not much to see en-route, although you get occasional glimpses of the lake. As Montreal is on an island the approach is across a spectacular bridge. As we weaved our way through spaghetti junctions it became apparent our hotel was not going to be in the most scenic spot (in fact it was tucked in between several large distribution warehouses, not far from the freight airport) but this didn’t matter as I planned to drive into the city centre later anyway. It was actually so hot (39C) that I decided to stay in until it cooled off, so I did some forward planning for the rest of the trip and had a siesta.
We headed into town at about 5 o’clock – after 3 weeks of empty roads I had forgotten that such a thing as rush-hour existed! We walked around the cathedral area and along Rue Sainte Catherine, which seems to have most of the trendy bars and shops. The centre looks and feels very European, I will definitely come back here for a weekend to have a proper look around sometime.
Back into the USA tomorrow for the final push to the coast.