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2011/06/05 Re-visiting Montreal
π 2011-06-05 01:01 in Canada, Trips
Back in 2004, I did a too short but very enjoyable trip to Montréal. Due to a trip to go to Mont Tremblant for a Ferrari Driving Event, it was good excuse to go back and visit Montréal with Jennifer.

So, I should probably start by pointing out that they have a lot of very nice churches, more than in Paris for that matter.

The Basilique Notre Dame is absolutely beautiful:






Saint Joseph du Mont Royal was also nice, close to the Sacré Coeur in Paris:







but there were many others:

St Patrick's Basilica
St Patrick's Basilica

nice inside too
nice inside too









Of course, there was more than just churches, but they were worth mentioning :)

First, quick map of Montréal and surroundings:

Food, yum :)
Food, yum :)



Place de Jacques Cartier is a bit like Place du Tertre in Paris
Place de Jacques Cartier is a bit like Place du Tertre in Paris

Bixi bikes (like Vélib in Paris), very handy to get around
Bixi bikes (like Vélib in Paris), very handy to get around

Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden


After visitng the Biodome on Isle St Hélène, Montréal was starting summer festival season, and had an electronic music festival on Isle St Hélène, so we went to Piknicelectronik to see James Holden who was spinning around that time:


James Holden
James Holden

We then went to tour the Island on bixi bikes, and went over to Ile Notre-Dame



Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Ile Notre-Dame just before the Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Ile Notre-Dame just before the Grand Prix

North of Isle St Hélène
North of Isle St Hélène



Place de Jacques Cartier at night
Place de Jacques Cartier at night


The next morning we went to the Olympic Stadium and its tower, the biodome, and the botanical garden:




We went to the biodome next:






And the botanical garden was also quite a nice visit:





our cat would have been so happy in there :)
our cat would have been so happy in there :)

fleurs!
fleurs!




oui-euh :)
oui-euh :)



More random pictures form visiting the next day:



Rue St Denis at Night
Rue St Denis at Night


Views from Mt Royal
Views from Mt Royal




Yum :)
Yum :)


Those birds are angry :)
Those birds are angry :)

picnic by St Patrick's Cathedral
picnic by St Patrick's Cathedral


We also had some nice meals :)

Foie Gras
Foie Gras

Dessert
Dessert

More Foie Gras :)
More Foie Gras :)

Many more pictures, but that's enough for this page, click on the link below for more :)
Long story short, though, we had a fantastic time in Montréal, it's a great city to visit.

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2011/06/08 A couple of days at Mt Tremblant
π 2011-06-08 01:01 in Canada, Trips
After a few days in Montreal, the main point for the trip was actually go to to the Ferrari Experience Event at Mt Tremblant, so we used the opportunity to visit the place while we were there.

It's a quaint little ski resort town, and the first ski resort I've visited when there is no snow.

Nice view from Hotel Quintessence
Nice view from Hotel Quintessence


Room wasn't bad :)
Room wasn't bad :)




feels like something is missing :)
feels like something is missing :)



I guess they have snow during the winter :)
I guess they have snow during the winter :)

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2011/06/11 Visiting Quebec City
π 2011-06-11 01:01 in Canada, Trips
After a few days in Montreal, the guide book also had a section on Quebec City, and I realized that Quebec City was fairly close, and it'd be stupid not to spend a little time to visit too, so I moved my return flight to spend a couple of days there before flying home (Jennifer unfortunately had to go home earlier, so she wasn't able to join for that bit).

Interestingly, getting to Quebec City was easiest and fastest by bus: they had a bus going there every hour, you could just show up and be there in 3H door to door (actually faster than a plane), and enjoy power and wifi during the trip. The bus was clean and enjoyable, that beats greyhound by a little bit :)



So, Québec City is a wonderful little city to visit. I can all be done on foot, no car required (there are buses, but you can do without them).

Eh, let's do like Montréal, and start with the many churches. The difference for Québec City is that all the Anglicans have left, so the Protestant and Anglican churches have become empty, one has become a theatre school, and another one a library. The Catholic ones are doing a bit better.

The biggest/nicest church is Notre Dame de Québec, for which I got to visit the crypt which is still being escavated in hopes to find the remains of Samuel de Champlain, regarded as founder of Québec and father of New France:









Bibliothèque St Jean Baptiste:



Notre Dame Des Victoires in Lower Town:




Other random churches:





First, quick map of Quebec City and surroundings:

Ok, so like Montréal, it wasn't just churches. Québec City is most known for its Chateau de Frontenac (which is actually a fancy hotel, not a Castle):









staff at the Chateau wears clothing from the period
staff at the Chateau wears clothing from the period

Fortifications are still around the city, and it still has its citadelle that was built to defend the city from further attacks (after the British managed to take it from the French, they had to defend themselves from both the French and the Americans and won several attacks because their resupply ships got there faster than the enemy's):







you can walk all around the fortifications, it was fun
you can walk all around the fortifications, it was fun




they were prepared for coming ships :)
they were prepared for coming ships :)


yes, they were ready :)
yes, they were ready :)


More random pictures from around town:





Maison Jacquet, dating 1677
Maison Jacquet, dating 1677




La rue Couillard, je connais bien :)
La rue Couillard, je connais bien :)








I had a few crepes too many :)
I had a few crepes too many :)

The plains of Abrahams, which is where the British attacked from
The plains of Abrahams, which is where the British attacked from




Funiculaire between High Town and Lower Town
Funiculaire between High Town and Lower Town

Rotating Restaurant
Rotating Restaurant





the citadel
the citadel

Lower town:






more food, yeah :)
more food, yeah :)

yet more yum :)
yet more yum :)



And after 2 days of intense visiting, it was time to go home:

That's all folks :)
That's all folks :)


had a nice dinner before leaving for the airport
had a nice dinner before leaving for the airport


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