Our day began with a drive through some Vermont back roads to get to a bridge across Lake Champlain into New York. Yes, we looked for Champ, but did not see him…darn! That would have made for a great blog!!! Here’s more about Champ: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champ_(cryptozoology)
After about an hour we made it to the Canadian Border. In advance, I had made Mona practice answering questions like: “Where are you from?” “Is that your car?” “Why are you traveling in to Canada?” If you recall, the last time we encountered Border Patrol in Arizona similar questions posed quite a problem for her. I also managed to pour some ice cold water on her seat to help keep her awake. The practice and the ice water paid off and within minutes we were through the border!
As we approached Montreal, Mona was driving and did a great job of weaving through traffic as I struggled with the French signs (Is “est” west or is it “ouest” or is that eggs? I wish I had paid more attention to Harcourt Brace and World Incorporated back in the 60s!)
The Petite Auberge, our B&B, turned out to be a walk up on a tiny street and you parked out front on the street (if you could find a spot). This wasn’t looking good. We tried to check in…our room wasn’t ready. We went out for lunch, came back, room still not ready. Finally, we went to explore the underground malls and they called us at 4:00 to say the room was ready. Nothing had gone quite right this far and I expected worse to come.
|Half of Our Living Room|
A couple of hours later we tore ourselves away from the room and walked about 300 feet to the Metro, taking it to Old Montreal. This part of Montreal is a lot like Paris, with lots of quaint shops and restaurants.
We found a restaurant that offered some of our favorites, escargot, salad Nicoise, and frites. They also had a special on imported beer: Budweiser. We passed on that!
|Montreal’s Notre Dame|
A bit ago I mentioned the underground malls. Much of downtown Montreal is underground with over 1700 stores and shops. It wore us out walking just a segment of it! You can get just about anywhere underground but it’s a maze and easy to get lost!