We were heading off to another French speaking province today in
so another early morning start. This tour had a lot more 5.30 - 6am wake ups than the last tour. I don’t like it. Montreal
|The beautiful Fall colours|
Luckily it was only a few hours down the road but I did feel a bit unprepared for Montréal I just knew I wanted to see Old town and the massive basilica since a few friends had told me they were must sees.
|The Olympic Stadium|
Although I was feeling so weary after yesterday with sore feet and chaffing … the hazards of spending full days on ones feet walking around the city in Quebec yesterday. So I must admit there was some snoozing going on today on the bus as we drove the 3 hours west to Montréal.
Even through the DVD that Christina put on and there were so amazing pictures of
which I had already seen … wooohoo Canada
|downtown area looking towards Palace De Royale|
We had a morning tea/breakfast/toilet stop about a 1 hour or so into the trip. I had to do my little nifty manoeuvre down the bus in order to beat everyone off and I think I did it before we even came to a complete standstill and came to a stop in front of Christina before she had a chance to tell us how long we had and what time we had to be back. She said go on then with a laugh.
|St Catherine's - Downtown Montreal|
For some reason this morning I was busting to go I think it was the gallon of water I had procured this morning before I got on the bus. I have resigned myself that I am not invisible anymore so I might as well start to have some fun with it.
So I enjoyed some breakfast while I tried to sit outside but there was dew all over the seats so I had to go back in which was disappointing considering I wanted to enjoy the sunshine.
|About the peace Symbol|
We made a stop at a square right near St Catherine’s Shopping area once we arrived in
. So we were all guided to the Information centre so we could get some maps and have another toilet break. So we did that I tried to work out from the information that Christina had given me whether I could get to Old Town Montreal in the tours that we had. Montreal
Because the public transport system in
isn’t as frequent as other cities there wasn’t much of a chance. But she did assure me that I would be able to catch a train from right near the hotel after we finished the city tour. Montreal
|Random Street performers dressed up as doctors|
So I headed down to the shopping precinct with Neil, Heather and Marie to do some shopping since there wasn’t a lot of sight seeing in the downtown area. But there were plenty of shops. While I didn’t really plan on doing any real shopping it just ended up that way.
|Downtown with Sunflare!!!|
I left them at the dept store and ended up wandering in the underground city for a bit then found my way up the top to Old Navy. We don’t have a comparison store here but basically you can get a lot of casual wear with
emblems but also without them as well. Canada
|New and old|
I found some many cool things there and I was really surprised how much value I got with some shirts only like $2. While yes they were on sale because they were summer ones so I got some for the nieces and also Helens very special “hello kitty” tissues.
|Beautiful old Church|
I decided to brave the food court to find some lunch for a province that is supposed to be bilingual there wasn’t a lot of that in the food signage but then I found Subway… woohoo healthy food that I can read!!!!
|Bank of Montreal|
Grabbed some food and then found a souvenir shop which I am glad I did now because we didn’t get the opportunity later. Wandered back to the pick up park and I was feeling weary with sore feet still from yesterday so I didn’t wander far.
|the beautiful park|
While I waited for the bus I sat down in the park to soak up some sunshine while eating some lunch and I heard this clicking which was a certain someones camera going off. It was one of the tour people from the welsh crew… It is not funny! You know how I feel about this especially after the sun peaks incident … what david didn’t realise… I am the queen of the camera wars …
|The beautiful park|
So bring it … Revenge is sweet … hahaha
|Another historic person immortalized in a statue|