photo of the day (we head north to montréal)

We’ve been wanting to take the kids to see Montréal for a long time now and finally, reservations were made and we hopped in the car and headed North to Canada. (Really, we woke up at 5 am and dragged ourselves into the car and headed North to Canada. At that hour of the morning, there was no hopping involved.) But the end result was the same and about 8 hours later, we were approaching Montréal.

We made better time than we had expected and so we were gifted with a good part of the afternoon to walk around the city and get an feel for the neighborhood we were staying in.

We stayed in Old Montréal, which is a small historic district right on the water.

There are lots of shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and churches. The streets are cobblestoned and narrow.

Our hotel was just a block from one of the main shopping streets, Rue Saint Paul. Like Paris, most everything was written in French. Unlike Paris, there was an English translation to most everything.

Except for the remains of signs that were very old and faded.

We walked around and found a restaurant on Jacques Cartier Place that had a dinner special of mussels and beer and decided that an early dinner and early bedtime was the right thing to do. So we ate our mussels and drank our beer and people watched until it was time to go back to the hotel.

After a short rest, Zki and I left the kids in the hotel firmly planted in front of their respective computers and went out to see the sights of Old Montreal at night.

Not a bad first day for a vacation, I’d say! Tomorrow we venture out towards the Biodome and the Jardin Biologique de Montréal.

~ by photobella on 24 August, 2009.

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