Day 23 and 24
19.09.2010 20 °C
Saturday (Day 23) - This morning we had a tour around Quebec City, Upper and Lower. Our tour guide was a native Quebecois and quite a character. After the tour we had some free time where we went back down to explore more of lower Quebec, Place Royal, it is so pretty and quaint. Another church and another souvenir shop later, we were on our way back to the hotel to get ready for our afternoon excursion to Montmorency Falls and dinner on Ill d'Orleans. Personally, I think the Montmorency Falls were actually louder than Niagara!! Again dinner was delicious (I had beef filet mignon again) and there was only 2 options for dessert, a maple syrup tart and fruit salad. Luckily I can't stand maple syrup, so it was fruit salad for me.
I keep forgetting to speak French, but when I do, they start prattling off in French and can't understand a word they say. From the look of my face, they generally work out that I can't speak French and are happy to talk in English (god bless them). But am beginning to work out a few written words here and there.
Sunday (Day 24) - We left for Montreal today. Not a big trip which was good. Before arriving at our hotel we did a quick photo opportunity stop at the Biodome Stadium, built or the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. We arrived at our hotel just before midday, but because our rooms would not yet be ready we were set loose on the town before our afternoon tour. We are staying on rue Guy which crosses rue St Catherine. We strolled ouest (west - see) down rue St Catherine. We found this small place called Buns for lunch that sold really delicious hamburgers for 4 bucks. We then headed back to our hotel to start our afternoon tour. Now, not sure if we were being shown the right places or if because it was an afternoon tour instead of morning, but Montreal has not yet drawn me in. However, I have not yet seen much of the Old town, so I'm sure it will get better.
Tonight is the last night of our tour and I am sad to say goodbye. The group is splitting in 3 directions. Those staying on in Montreal (like yours truly), about 7 (Anna and Michelle) are going onto continue the tour towards the west coast and the others (Kris) continue onto to Halifax. So we headed out to dinner for our last night, we strolled est (east) on rue St Catherine this time and couldn't find anything we fancied - we saw a crepe place which really only did sweet crepes, but it was too late, we all had savory crepe cravings and we couldn't find a place. A little frustrated, we headed back to the hotel to check out the hotel restaurant, but that was not appetizing either. And then (I believe it was Anna) remembered about one we passed earlier today called the 3 Amigos (we remembered the fancy cocktails they served), but by gosh the food was delicious and so was my Mango and Strawberry Daiquiri. There was a birthday on the table next to us and they waiters all came out to sing happy birthday and the hilarious part was when they got to the name of the person whose birthday it was they sang "Happy Birthday dear customer", it was so cute.
Anyway, tomorrow I have a walking tour and then I am on my own again until Boston (a week away).
More pix have been posted, but will need to start archiving Vancouver soon.
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