Summer proper has arrived. It's hot and humid (finally). Henry is going on lots of day trips with daycare. Bowmanville Zoo, splash pads, parks, Planet Fun, Riverdale Farm, etc...
Currently Henry is in Manitoulin Island with his dad. While I miss him dearly, I used the time to take a quick weekend trip to Montréal as well as am able to focus on my new job, still with Thomson Reuters.
Before Henry went on holiday, we had a chance to take a 1/2 day off together and see a Pan Am Games karate match. He seemed to most enjoy watching the fight between Canada & the US. The US won.
Leading up to this event, I had drawn around 20 flags for Henry to colour-in. The plan was for Henry to colour-in all 41 of the participating countries of the Pan Am Games, but time has not been our friend. So far, Henry has coloured in 9. For each flag, we learned a little bit about the country's history as well as watched a travel promotional video on YouTube. I'd have to say the top destinations to visit are now: Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda.
|Pan Am Flags|
|Pan Am karate match|
|Stumbled upon Beaches Jazz fest after karate|
So while Henry travelled to Manitoulin, my friend Kara & I boarded a Via Rail train to Montréal. Let's narrate IN PICTURES:
|On our way!|
|Well-located hotel, felt rather Parisienne|
|Hippy Poutine - Kara's first foray into Quebecois cuisine|
|After the Hippy Poutine, a walk around my favourite parc |
(Parc La Fontaine) was in order.
|Morning walk to Avenue Duluth, mon favourite aussi|
|Kara @ Chez Jose, just before those |
chocolate croissants came out of the oven
|One of the dozens of street art photos we took|
|After breakfast, we cabbed it to Atwater Market|
|As Kara loves antiques, a walk through Little Burgundy & Griffintown |
gave us a pleasant way to get to Old Montréal
|We made it to Old Montréal, soon to be on a patio|
After a brief rest at the hotel and walk around Rue Sherbrooke/ Saint Laurent / Prince-Arthur, we headed down St. Denis for dinner. Then we watched a 30 min. firework display at the Old Port before heading back to the hotel.
In the morning, we hit up Mile-End for a tasty breakfast. (sorry no pictures!) As we walked around Fairmont and St-Viateur, we stocked up on more pastries and coffee before cabbing to the train station.
And so all in all, a very short, but very sweet trip.
Montréal continues to beckon me to explore and reconnect. And so with that, à bientôt.