15.06.2013 23 °C
Had a little sleep in this morning and we had our own designated breakfast room. Not a big choice and I had to request oatmeal/porridge. The waiter was a scream; like a Basil Fawlty type. He had us in stitches. When I asked if there was any oatmeal, he said no but I jokingly strangled him and we just laughed and laughed through the whole meal. What a great way to start day.
On the bus and headed for the Parliament Building. What a fantastic building. I am getting sick of saying this but it is true. The architecture in these Canadian cities is superb!
To think all these buildings were built by manual labour, without cranes etc is just remarkable. And they have stood the test of time.
After the visit to Parliament House, we went back to the market area for a stroll around and a few of us had another Beaver Tail. Some still thought it was a real beaver tail but when we told them what it really was, they all lined up for one too. My favourite is still the cinnamon sugar one. So, that's two within a 12 hour period! When I can't fit into my winter clothes back home, I'll remember my foolishness in eating TWO beaver tails in Ottawa!
We left Ottawa, heading for Montreal.
On the way to Montreal, Ben played the last half of Anne of Green Gables. It was lovely to see it again, especially driving through the lovely Canadian country side. The ladies on the bus had a few tears and the blokes just booed, but it was a very enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours on the bus.
Arrived in Montreal around lunchtime and had a couple of free hours to have lunch and wander around the streets. The weather is warm and the streets are full of people and street performers. Montreal is the largest French speaking city outside of France and this is very evident. Most people are speaking French and it's not hard to imagine you are wandering down a French avenue. It is very nice.
First of all, we had our group photo in front of the Montreal City Hall.
A street performer swallowing a balloon!
Halina and Yasmin wandering around Montreal on Yasmin's birthday.
Tony and Deb enjoying a snack in one of the lovely alfresco restaurants .
We had lunch in an Italian restaurant. Phil has a pizza and I had bruschetta. It was very nice. The photos on the toilet doors were very interesting!
We strolled around the streets soaking up the lovely warm weather and the atmosphere of Montreal on a Saturday afternoon. Phil couldn't resist buying an icecream!
We all met up and walked up to Notre Dame Cathedral and went inside. What an absolutely wonderfully beautiful place.
Tonight we all went for a special dinner Montreal. It was a very nice restaurant and the food was lovely. We sat with KC and Madeline from Singapore and had a lovely evening chatting about their lives and travel. We both had tomato and basil soup and Phil had steak and I had salmon. The wine prices were horrendous. A bottle of Australian wine that costs about $20 at home was $130 here! Consequently we drank water!