Headed for Montreal
06/25/2011 - 06/30/2011
Now that we have decided to continue our travel blog after long debate due to its rather hard task of actually sitting down to write it, we have also decided to provide a somewhat abbreviated version of each city with more insight and thought, and less detailed day to day visits. Now…we last left off heading to Montreal. We were staying with a friend of ours that we had actually met while in a hostel in Budapest (Budapest Blog) during our last big trip. Like us, he had been travelling Europe for an extended time and additionally to far off places, prior to us seeing him again. We were arriving on a Saturday night after an easy drive from Algonquin. We rarely go out for late night adventures on our trips but, our host is a bartender and graciously offered us some well needed shots after crazy-face at our last HelpX. Sebastien was definitely the man about town. Walking the streets we were constantly greeted by friends of his along the way. After a long night of too many shots and beers we enjoyed sleeping in a little for the first time in days.
Is this how you take shots in Montreal?
Visiting Montreal was like heading back to Europe. Our expectations were pretty high for the city and easily met. We ended up staying for about a week, enjoying the tourist locations, but living like a local. We walked to so many places in the city, building up our stamina climbing the hill every afternoon back to his place.
Woods in the middle of the city...Mont Royal
Much of the time was spent heading around town with our “chauffeur” showing us his favorite spots. We ate the original smoked meat at Schwartz’s, pasta in little Italy, and a picnic from the Atwater market.
Speeding around on the racetrack.
Boys will be boys
Too much fun!
That's a lotta meat!
One of our highlights had to have been our last night spent attending Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. The city was alive with activity and we couldn’t have timed it any better, the Jazz Festival had just kicked off and the weather was incredible.
Wish you were here Dad!
It was really fun to be around a friend again on the trip and we really enjoyed kicking it with Sebastien, definitely enjoying lots of laughs along the way. I guess that’s what you get when you put too redheads together.
Leaving Montreal we debated where to head next, (we tend to debate a lot on this trip) should we head to more parts of Canada or back to the U.S.? Since the original intent of this trip was to see more of our country we headed to Maine towards Acadia National Park. We were excited to be heading for another outdoor adventure and to be celebrating our nation’s birthday in small-town America.