Trip Start Oct 04, 2010
12Trip End Oct 04, 2011
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[ria] Montreal was fab, what a place to spend my last birthday of the twenty years, I felt incredibly spoilt, Steve fought the other dirty hostelers to get me some toast (with jam) and bring me tea and toast in bed, we then went for a lovely bike ride through Montreal into a place where I am sure they filmed Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and for those of you who don't know – trust me I would know what that looks like, and probably which episodes were filmed where.. anyhow, Steve then took me to the most amazing spa I have ever been to (and I've seen a few) it was set on a lake all outside with a fire pit, giant hammocks and the biggest and bestest hot tubs ever – lush! We had a massage together which was entertaining – Steve can tell you why – but truly fab, I felt very spoilt. We then went out for scrummy mojitos and tapas and then to the biggest cinema in the world to see Inception (finally), this was only partly spoilt by me letting my imagination get away with me by thinking the guy in front was going to blow up the cinema, but I made my peace and decided if it was so there were worse days to end on…he obviously didn’t
[Steve] So after our recharging of endless tea and mocha in Starbucks we headed back to our Hostel which was now open to welcome us. Our welcome was a dorm of 20, (which included a party of 17 19-20 year old students) a attic room consisting of bunk beds positioned close together with blowup mattresses, and a kitchen out of the 60s! Some welcome. Bloody French!
We were now TRAVELING. It was great. Even having 2 heavy snorers in our vicinity didn't get us down, although I have now become reliant on Creedence Clearwater Revival (Thanks Old Man Rivers, fantastic stuff) to get to sleep. The hostel was perfectly located on the main street of Old Montreal, so we had a little nap, showered and then headed out to get some food bits as it was Thanksgiving the next day so we were worried in case everywhere was closed. We had a lovely meal out that evening at a Polish restaurant - 5 amazing courses and a Piano player who played everything from Radiohead to Macy Gray to Pink Floyd to Guns & Roses. Talented chap, but bad hair. We didn't tip. Talking of bad hair (if you can call it hair) I had very nearly grown a mullet to rival Terry Nutkins, but luckily dug out the shaver in the nick of time.
The next day, someone specials Birthday. It went surprisingly well since I was still organising the Spa, on her birthday morn! It was a lovely day with just the slight embarrassment for me in the massage room when they gave us a few moments to ourselves to get undressed and on the table under the covers. Ria had sneaked her camera in, so I was entertaining her doing Bruce Forsyth poses, fooling around. Got naked, then the masseuse's came in as I was stood there butt naked! Unlucky for them.
Next day we headed for Mont Royal, a few tube stops away
It was noisy in our dorm so we woke up on our last day in Montreal pretty tired. We explored old Montreal, walked around and I started a new game. Basically we will setup a page of famous lookalikes we have seen on our travels. This game has entertained us for years as we'd shout out Wayne Rooney to a guy coming towards us giving him a complex
Montreal is a beautiful, picturesque place. Clean, bright and very friendly. People keep saying to us - you aren't covering any of Europe? We feel like we have seen a bit of Europe plonked in Canada.
Song of Day 8 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cotton Fields
Song of Day 9 - Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday
Song of Day10 - Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
Song of Day 11 - Melanie Pain - Celle De Mes Vingt Ans