Day 6 Quebec to Montreal 11th September.
Today we left Quebec City first thing in the morning and headed for Montreal. It was wet and horrible when we left Quebec but as we got closer to Montreal it cleared up.
Our rest stop was a servo on the side of the road with a Tim horton's (like Krispy Kreme). The main section of the servo had some weird things, including books, lamps and strange decor items. A range of different types of chips we'd not seen and the fridges were full of alcohol including wine, and up to 1.5l bottles of beer!
When we finally arrived in Montreal the sun was out, but it was quite windy. We were dropped off in Dorchester square for a 2 hour lunch break. Michael and I headed straight to find some coffee and went to a little cafe myriade just off st Catherine street. Coffee was pretty good, then we went for a wander to check out the underground city. It's just another shopping centre, but all underground. After wandering around for ages we couldn't find much to eat as it was Sunday and many of the cafes were closed, so we settled on subway in the food court.
After lunch we got back on the bus for the city tour which took us to the old Montreal section of the city and we walked down to cathedral Notre dame. This is where celine Dion was married and where she held the funeral for her late husband Rene.
The outside of the church is quite large, but nothing particularly exciting. However the inside of the church is a work of art. Turns out the architect who built the church made it quite simple, and then shortly after it was built they had the inside completely remodelled to make it much more impressive. The entire inside of the church was a false wall/ roof etc all sculpted out of wood.
The main church can hold up to 3500 people. At the rear of the main church is a smaller chapel, which is used for locals for daily mass, weddings and funerals etc, however members of the church can still use the main church for these events too. The chapel holds around 350 people and was complete refitted out in the 70's after a fire destroyed all the wooden interior. So the new backdrop is made completely from brass.
After this we got back on the bus and headed over to Olympic stadium, we didn't go in, but didn't go in. The park was built for the 1976 Olympic Games, but the roof is a disaster and the venue cannot be used in the winter. The venue is also located next to the botanical gardens which are the second largest next to London I think he said.
We then drove through some local residential areas and through some of the precincts of the city including China town, the gay village and the theatre district (previously the red light area).
We return to the hotel and then the evening is at leisure so Michael and I decide to head down to the Montreal GP track and casino. We walk down through the city and stumble across little Burgundy which is a little French quarter. A number of cute little French Cafes delis and restaurants are here.
We take what turns out to be a long walk over the bridge towards the islands in the middle of the Ottawa and st Lawrence rivers and the river is travelling so fast! Neither of us have seen a major river go this quickly with Rapids. There are lots of cyclists on the bike track zooming past us while we take in the scenery.
It appears that there is an event happening on the GP island with loud music you can here from a long distance. We walk past the biosphere and head to the track which is still set up as a track but without advertising. You can walk, blade, cycle or drove along the track, and the casino is located in the middle of the island.
We walk about halfway around to see Put lane and the home straight, where we spot a few beavers for the first time.
we arrive at the casino at around 7pm and head into find some dinner. We end up having some Chinese in a cook to order bar on the top level.
After watching the end of the men's tennis finals (Wawrinka wins against Djokovic) at flushing meadows Michael had a quick flutter at the roulette table and we jump on the free casino shuttle bus which drops us back to Dorchester square and we walk back to the hotel.
Michael went for a quick swim while I uploaded the days photos to Facebook.
Consensus is Montreal is just another city, pretty and would be a nice place to live, but nothing terribly exciting.