Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monday, October 09, 2006


Saturday morning, Chris and I drove through New Hampshire and Vermont, through Quebec to Montreal. The 4.5 hour drive was overpowered by the peak fall colors exploding on the White Mountains and Vermont hills. I snapped the below pictures out of the car window.

We arrived in Montreal early afternoon and booked into our hotel which was situated along the main shopping strip. Chris bought a new pair of shoes at Aldo, and I bought a silver ring with strips of copper and brass from a street vendor. As we walked along the streets, we noticed a plethora of homeless people with cans and hats outstretched. I was tempted to give money to the people with dogs...

Sunday morning, we ate at a local cafe in Old Montreal which is down close to the water. We also poked around their famous church, which is supposedly a smaller replica of Notre Dame - we didn't explore the inside, though, as we were out of Canadian money.

Montreal sits on the St. Lawrence Seaway and stretches up a hill called Mount Royal. Chris and I drove up the hill and hiked along the peak for a bit.

On the drive home, we sat at the border into the U.S. for about an hour and took a longer route home through the corner of New York and through Burlington, Vermont. Unfortunately, the French Canadians in Quebec will be collecting about $120 from Chris due to "excessive speeding."

We arrived home late Sunday. My cousin Matt watched Greta over the weekend and reported that she spent some time digging under our fence in order to sit in the neighbor's driveway...


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