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29 September 2013

Cross Canada and Back, Part 44


Old Town Montréal

August 16, 2011, day 93


Tuesday morning we drive from our campground to the inner city of Montréal, "Vieux Montréal". It takes us over an hour to drive the about 60 km. On Hwy 20 and 720 we drive right into the city and find a good parking spot for the day on Peel and Saint Antoine Street ( $ 10.00 for the day ). From here it is about a 3 km walk to the Westin Hotel where we will meet up with the kids later.

Ouch, that haircut was just a bit to close
Ouch, that haircut was just a bit to close
First we look for a good place to have coffee and croissants. Happily we settle down and watch the Montréal world go by. The women and men are just more stylishly dressed, are proud of it, and walk with an attitude. We love it!

Anders and I look at each other and decide that we are in dire need to get groomed for civilization. We walk up the the huge Mont Royal Shopping Center. We do some shopping. Then both Anders and I are getting hair cuts.

Anders' cut is very short, ouch. I assume the stylist misunderstood Anders. His french is pretty well limited to "Vin Rouge". Oh well, it grows out again.

Produce at a local market
Produce at a local market

Anders at an outdoor market
We just love these markets.

A great market to visit.
A great market to visit.
My stylist is very proud of the multicultural city he lives in. I agree with him, compared to the rest of the province which is not. Montreal is suppose to be uni-lingual, but it is very multicultural.

After our hair cuts (no smiles from Anders) and shopping we simply walk the town and take in the interesting architecture and people. Around the Court House we detect a sign: " A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the Judge!" That almost beats the New Brunswick sign in a farmers field "Get high on our milk, our cows are on grass".

Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal

Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal
In the early evening we meet up with the family for supper at St.Paul and St.Gabriel in Vieux-Montréal . It is so nice to see them all again. Our grand children Sarah and Ryan tell us about their trip to Germany, France, and Switzerland. But they are both happy to be able to eat Canadian food again.

The boys in serious discussion
The boys in serious discussion

Family at an outdoor restaurant
Family time
We enjoy each others company and the old town ambiance where horse-drawn coaches pass by, and a young woman waters the hanging baskets from a water container and hose on a bicycle.

Later we drive back to our campsite. It even takes us longer, the traffic out of town is very slow.

Rain shower again.
Rain shower again.
For more pictures of Montreal, check out our web album.

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