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Top of the Niagara Falls

Today we made our way back towards Montreal for the finish of our first bus tour of Ontario and French Canada.

This morning we were told not to have breakfast… so about an hour out of Montreal, ed prescription  we stopped at a place called “Trois Riveries” (translates to “Three Rivers”, diagnosis however there are actually only 2 there.  The French Canadians are a bit strange).  There we went to a Maple Syrup farm and had pancakes, ham, and plenty of maple syrup for breakfast.

After a big feed (during which Paul was asked at least 14 times if he wanted more coffee) we headed outside to learn how Maple Syrup is made.  Is actually pretty interesting how they drain the sap from the trees and turn it into sugary goodness.

We continued to Montreal – stopping at the Olympic Stadium – home of the 1976 summer games – for a few shots.  Apparently Montreal only just paid of the stadium last year, which is scary considering that it doesn’t even work as designed (one of a few lemons in Montreal… another being Mirabel – the brand new airport they built that was too far away from town and no one wanted to use!)

We then drove into the centre of Montreal for another city tour.  Generally both of us were not that impressed with Montreal.  Compared to Quebec City it is pretty bland when it comes to the tourist stakes.

That being said we did stop at the big cathedral in the old part of town – which is where Celine Dion was married (do you get the feeling that they are obsessed with her over here?  We do!)  Inside it was pretty spectacular though – we can understand why she wanted to get married there!

Finally we pulled up stumps on our first tour at the bar with the rest of the group.  We went to dinner with one of the other couples on the tour that we have become friends with in the restaurant strip of Montreal – it reminded us of Park Road at Milton in Brisbane just on steroids.  We ate at a great place, which was across the road from the restaurant that Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve (I am sure that is not how you spell it!) owns.
Today we made our way back towards Montreal for the finish of our first bus tour of Ontario and French Canada.

This morning we were told not to have breakfast… so about an hour out of Montreal, find  we stopped at a place called “Trois Riveries” (translates to “Three Rivers”, however there are actually only 2 there.  The French Canadians are a bit strange).  There we went to a Maple Syrup farm and had pancakes, ham, and plenty of maple syrup for breakfast.

After a big feed (during which Paul was asked at least 14 times if he wanted more coffee) we headed outside to learn how Maple Syrup is made.  Is actually pretty interesting how they drain the sap from the trees and turn it into sugary goodness.

We continued to Montreal – stopping at the Olympic Stadium – home of the 1976 summer games – for a few shots.  Apparently Montreal only just paid of the stadium last year, which is scary considering that it doesn’t even work as designed (one of a few lemons in Montreal… another being Mirabel – the brand new airport they built that was too far away from town and no one wanted to use!)

We then drove into the centre of Montreal for another city tour.  Generally both of us were not that impressed with Montreal.  Compared to Quebec City it is pretty bland when it comes to the tourist stakes.

That being said we did stop at the big cathederal in the old part of town – which is where Celine Dion was married (do you get the feeling that they are obsessed with her over here?  We do!)  Inside it was pretty spectacular though – we can understand why she wanted to get married there!

Finally we pulled up stumps on our first tour at the bar with the rest of the group.  We went to dinner with one of the other couples on the tour that we have become friends with in the restaurant strip of Montreal – it reminded us of Park Road at Milton in Brisbane just on steroids.  We ate at a great place, which was across the road from the restaurant that Formula 1 driver Jaques Villenereurve (I am sure that is not how you spell it!) owns.
Today is a pretty light on day.

Early start to catch a 9am flight from Montreal to Calgary.  We got to the airport and were told that Kerrina’s back was too heavy for the flight – we had to loose 3 kg or pay 100 dollars.

After some “creative” baggage movements, prescription and carrying as much as we could as carry on – we managed to just scrape in.

Flight from Montreal to Calgary is about 4hrs 30 mintes.  Was pretty nice – we were in the back row of a new Embareer 190 aircraft – which has had the most leg room in economy of any flight so far.

We arrived in Calgary around lunch time – headed straight to the hotel, phthisiatrician and then finally found somewhere to upload some photos – which you will start to see now 🙂

Tomorrow we start our second tour which takes us up through the Rockies – will share more with you then

Hope all is well back home

Paul and Kerrina
Today is a pretty light on day.

Early start to catch a 9am flight from Montreal to Calgary.  We got to the airport and were told that Kerrina’s back was too heavy for the flight – we had to loose 3 kg or pay 100 dollars.

After some “creative” baggage movements, discount and carrying as much as we could as carry on – we managed to just scrape in.

Flight from Montreal to Calgary is about 4hrs 30 mintes.  Was pretty nice – we were in the back row of a new Embareer 190 aircraft – which has had the most leg room in economy of any flight so far.

We arrived in Calgary around lunch time – headed straigt to the hotel, treat and then finally found somewhere to upload some photos – which you will start to see now 🙂

Tomorrow we start our second tour which takes us up through the rockies – will share more with you then

Hope all is well back home

Paul and Kerrina
Today is a pretty light on day.

Early start to catch a 9am flight from Montreal to Calgary.  We got to the airport and were told that Kerrina’s back was too heavy for the flight – we had to loose 3 kg or pay 100 dollars.

After some “creative” baggage movements, discount and carrying as much as we could as carry on – we managed to just scrape in.

Flight from Montreal to Calgary is about 4hrs 30 mintes.  Was pretty nice – we were in the back row of a new Embareer 190 aircraft – which has had the most leg room in economy of any flight so far.

We arrived in Calgary around lunch time – headed straigt to the hotel, treat and then finally found somewhere to upload some photos – which you will start to see now 🙂

Tomorrow we start our second tour which takes us up through the rockies – will share more with you then

Hope all is well back home

Paul and Kerrina



Baseball in Toronto, find originally uploaded by Paul Woods.

Today is a pretty light on day.

Early start to catch a 9am flight from Montreal to Calgary.  We got to the airport and were told that Kerrina’s back was too heavy for the flight – we had to loose 3 kg or pay 100 dollars.

After some “creative” baggage movements, discount and carrying as much as we could as carry on – we managed to just scrape in.

Flight from Montreal to Calgary is about 4hrs 30 mintes.  Was pretty nice – we were in the back row of a new Embareer 190 aircraft – which has had the most leg room in economy of any flight so far.

We arrived in Calgary around lunch time – headed straigt to the hotel, treat and then finally found somewhere to upload some photos – which you will start to see now 🙂

Tomorrow we start our second tour which takes us up through the rockies – will share more with you then

Hope all is well back home

Paul and Kerrina



Baseball in Toronto, find originally uploaded by Paul Woods.

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Baseball in Toronto

Today we made our way back towards Montreal for the finish of our first bus tour of Ontario and French Canada.

This morning we were told not to have breakfast… so about an hour out of Montreal, ed prescription  we stopped at a place called “Trois Riveries” (translates to “Three Rivers”, diagnosis however there are actually only 2 there.  The French Canadians are a bit strange).  There we went to a Maple Syrup farm and had pancakes, ham, and plenty of maple syrup for breakfast.

After a big feed (during which Paul was asked at least 14 times if he wanted more coffee) we headed outside to learn how Maple Syrup is made.  Is actually pretty interesting how they drain the sap from the trees and turn it into sugary goodness.

We continued to Montreal – stopping at the Olympic Stadium – home of the 1976 summer games – for a few shots.  Apparently Montreal only just paid of the stadium last year, which is scary considering that it doesn’t even work as designed (one of a few lemons in Montreal… another being Mirabel – the brand new airport they built that was too far away from town and no one wanted to use!)

We then drove into the centre of Montreal for another city tour.  Generally both of us were not that impressed with Montreal.  Compared to Quebec City it is pretty bland when it comes to the tourist stakes.

That being said we did stop at the big cathedral in the old part of town – which is where Celine Dion was married (do you get the feeling that they are obsessed with her over here?  We do!)  Inside it was pretty spectacular though – we can understand why she wanted to get married there!

Finally we pulled up stumps on our first tour at the bar with the rest of the group.  We went to dinner with one of the other couples on the tour that we have become friends with in the restaurant strip of Montreal – it reminded us of Park Road at Milton in Brisbane just on steroids.  We ate at a great place, which was across the road from the restaurant that Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve (I am sure that is not how you spell it!) owns.
Today we made our way back towards Montreal for the finish of our first bus tour of Ontario and French Canada.

This morning we were told not to have breakfast… so about an hour out of Montreal, find  we stopped at a place called “Trois Riveries” (translates to “Three Rivers”, however there are actually only 2 there.  The French Canadians are a bit strange).  There we went to a Maple Syrup farm and had pancakes, ham, and plenty of maple syrup for breakfast.

After a big feed (during which Paul was asked at least 14 times if he wanted more coffee) we headed outside to learn how Maple Syrup is made.  Is actually pretty interesting how they drain the sap from the trees and turn it into sugary goodness.

We continued to Montreal – stopping at the Olympic Stadium – home of the 1976 summer games – for a few shots.  Apparently Montreal only just paid of the stadium last year, which is scary considering that it doesn’t even work as designed (one of a few lemons in Montreal… another being Mirabel – the brand new airport they built that was too far away from town and no one wanted to use!)

We then drove into the centre of Montreal for another city tour.  Generally both of us were not that impressed with Montreal.  Compared to Quebec City it is pretty bland when it comes to the tourist stakes.

That being said we did stop at the big cathederal in the old part of town – which is where Celine Dion was married (do you get the feeling that they are obsessed with her over here?  We do!)  Inside it was pretty spectacular though – we can understand why she wanted to get married there!

Finally we pulled up stumps on our first tour at the bar with the rest of the group.  We went to dinner with one of the other couples on the tour that we have become friends with in the restaurant strip of Montreal – it reminded us of Park Road at Milton in Brisbane just on steroids.  We ate at a great place, which was across the road from the restaurant that Formula 1 driver Jaques Villenereurve (I am sure that is not how you spell it!) owns.
Today is a pretty light on day.

Early start to catch a 9am flight from Montreal to Calgary.  We got to the airport and were told that Kerrina’s back was too heavy for the flight – we had to loose 3 kg or pay 100 dollars.

After some “creative” baggage movements, prescription and carrying as much as we could as carry on – we managed to just scrape in.

Flight from Montreal to Calgary is about 4hrs 30 mintes.  Was pretty nice – we were in the back row of a new Embareer 190 aircraft – which has had the most leg room in economy of any flight so far.

We arrived in Calgary around lunch time – headed straight to the hotel, phthisiatrician and then finally found somewhere to upload some photos – which you will start to see now 🙂

Tomorrow we start our second tour which takes us up through the Rockies – will share more with you then

Hope all is well back home

Paul and Kerrina
Today is a pretty light on day.

Early start to catch a 9am flight from Montreal to Calgary.  We got to the airport and were told that Kerrina’s back was too heavy for the flight – we had to loose 3 kg or pay 100 dollars.

After some “creative” baggage movements, discount and carrying as much as we could as carry on – we managed to just scrape in.

Flight from Montreal to Calgary is about 4hrs 30 mintes.  Was pretty nice – we were in the back row of a new Embareer 190 aircraft – which has had the most leg room in economy of any flight so far.

We arrived in Calgary around lunch time – headed straigt to the hotel, treat and then finally found somewhere to upload some photos – which you will start to see now 🙂

Tomorrow we start our second tour which takes us up through the rockies – will share more with you then

Hope all is well back home

Paul and Kerrina
Today is a pretty light on day.

Early start to catch a 9am flight from Montreal to Calgary.  We got to the airport and were told that Kerrina’s back was too heavy for the flight – we had to loose 3 kg or pay 100 dollars.

After some “creative” baggage movements, discount and carrying as much as we could as carry on – we managed to just scrape in.

Flight from Montreal to Calgary is about 4hrs 30 mintes.  Was pretty nice – we were in the back row of a new Embareer 190 aircraft – which has had the most leg room in economy of any flight so far.

We arrived in Calgary around lunch time – headed straigt to the hotel, treat and then finally found somewhere to upload some photos – which you will start to see now 🙂

Tomorrow we start our second tour which takes us up through the rockies – will share more with you then

Hope all is well back home

Paul and Kerrina



Baseball in Toronto, find originally uploaded by Paul Woods.

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Day 8 – Montreal to Calgary

Today we made our way back towards Montreal for the finish of our first bus tour of Ontario and French Canada.

This morning we were told not to have breakfast… so about an hour out of Montreal, ed prescription  we stopped at a place called “Trois Riveries” (translates to “Three Rivers”, diagnosis however there are actually only 2 there.  The French Canadians are a bit strange).  There we went to a Maple Syrup farm and had pancakes, ham, and plenty of maple syrup for breakfast.

After a big feed (during which Paul was asked at least 14 times if he wanted more coffee) we headed outside to learn how Maple Syrup is made.  Is actually pretty interesting how they drain the sap from the trees and turn it into sugary goodness.

We continued to Montreal – stopping at the Olympic Stadium – home of the 1976 summer games – for a few shots.  Apparently Montreal only just paid of the stadium last year, which is scary considering that it doesn’t even work as designed (one of a few lemons in Montreal… another being Mirabel – the brand new airport they built that was too far away from town and no one wanted to use!)

We then drove into the centre of Montreal for another city tour.  Generally both of us were not that impressed with Montreal.  Compared to Quebec City it is pretty bland when it comes to the tourist stakes.

That being said we did stop at the big cathedral in the old part of town – which is where Celine Dion was married (do you get the feeling that they are obsessed with her over here?  We do!)  Inside it was pretty spectacular though – we can understand why she wanted to get married there!

Finally we pulled up stumps on our first tour at the bar with the rest of the group.  We went to dinner with one of the other couples on the tour that we have become friends with in the restaurant strip of Montreal – it reminded us of Park Road at Milton in Brisbane just on steroids.  We ate at a great place, which was across the road from the restaurant that Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve (I am sure that is not how you spell it!) owns.
Today we made our way back towards Montreal for the finish of our first bus tour of Ontario and French Canada.

This morning we were told not to have breakfast… so about an hour out of Montreal, find  we stopped at a place called “Trois Riveries” (translates to “Three Rivers”, however there are actually only 2 there.  The French Canadians are a bit strange).  There we went to a Maple Syrup farm and had pancakes, ham, and plenty of maple syrup for breakfast.

After a big feed (during which Paul was asked at least 14 times if he wanted more coffee) we headed outside to learn how Maple Syrup is made.  Is actually pretty interesting how they drain the sap from the trees and turn it into sugary goodness.

We continued to Montreal – stopping at the Olympic Stadium – home of the 1976 summer games – for a few shots.  Apparently Montreal only just paid of the stadium last year, which is scary considering that it doesn’t even work as designed (one of a few lemons in Montreal… another being Mirabel – the brand new airport they built that was too far away from town and no one wanted to use!)

We then drove into the centre of Montreal for another city tour.  Generally both of us were not that impressed with Montreal.  Compared to Quebec City it is pretty bland when it comes to the tourist stakes.

That being said we did stop at the big cathederal in the old part of town – which is where Celine Dion was married (do you get the feeling that they are obsessed with her over here?  We do!)  Inside it was pretty spectacular though – we can understand why she wanted to get married there!

Finally we pulled up stumps on our first tour at the bar with the rest of the group.  We went to dinner with one of the other couples on the tour that we have become friends with in the restaurant strip of Montreal – it reminded us of Park Road at Milton in Brisbane just on steroids.  We ate at a great place, which was across the road from the restaurant that Formula 1 driver Jaques Villenereurve (I am sure that is not how you spell it!) owns.
Today is a pretty light on day.

Early start to catch a 9am flight from Montreal to Calgary.  We got to the airport and were told that Kerrina’s back was too heavy for the flight – we had to loose 3 kg or pay 100 dollars.

After some “creative” baggage movements, prescription and carrying as much as we could as carry on – we managed to just scrape in.

Flight from Montreal to Calgary is about 4hrs 30 mintes.  Was pretty nice – we were in the back row of a new Embareer 190 aircraft – which has had the most leg room in economy of any flight so far.

We arrived in Calgary around lunch time – headed straight to the hotel, phthisiatrician and then finally found somewhere to upload some photos – which you will start to see now 🙂

Tomorrow we start our second tour which takes us up through the Rockies – will share more with you then

Hope all is well back home

Paul and Kerrina

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Day 7 – Quebec City to Montreal

Today we made our way back towards Montreal for the finish of our first bus tour of Ontario and French Canada.

This morning we were told not to have breakfast… so about an hour out of Montreal, ed prescription  we stopped at a place called “Trois Riveries” (translates to “Three Rivers”, diagnosis however there are actually only 2 there.  The French Canadians are a bit strange).  There we went to a Maple Syrup farm and had pancakes, ham, and plenty of maple syrup for breakfast.

After a big feed (during which Paul was asked at least 14 times if he wanted more coffee) we headed outside to learn how Maple Syrup is made.  Is actually pretty interesting how they drain the sap from the trees and turn it into sugary goodness.

We continued to Montreal – stopping at the Olympic Stadium – home of the 1976 summer games – for a few shots.  Apparently Montreal only just paid of the stadium last year, which is scary considering that it doesn’t even work as designed (one of a few lemons in Montreal… another being Mirabel – the brand new airport they built that was too far away from town and no one wanted to use!)

We then drove into the centre of Montreal for another city tour.  Generally both of us were not that impressed with Montreal.  Compared to Quebec City it is pretty bland when it comes to the tourist stakes.

That being said we did stop at the big cathedral in the old part of town – which is where Celine Dion was married (do you get the feeling that they are obsessed with her over here?  We do!)  Inside it was pretty spectacular though – we can understand why she wanted to get married there!

Finally we pulled up stumps on our first tour at the bar with the rest of the group.  We went to dinner with one of the other couples on the tour that we have become friends with in the restaurant strip of Montreal – it reminded us of Park Road at Milton in Brisbane just on steroids.  We ate at a great place, which was across the road from the restaurant that Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve (I am sure that is not how you spell it!) owns.

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Day 6 – Quebec City

We hopped on the bus again, see ampoule but today we left Toronto to head towards the capital of Canada, Ottawa – which is about a 400km journey.

On the way we watched an Imax movie about beavers.  The LCD screens on the bus didn’t really do it justice, but as soon as the movie finished we saw our first beaver dam and lodge.

For lunch, we stopped at a town called Kingston, which is on the banks of the St Lawrence River.  Kingston is home to a few of Canada’s most important landmarks, like the maximum secuirty prison and the military academy (don’t know if that is coincidental).  It is also home to one end of the Rideau Canal, which winds its way to Ottawa.

The Rideau Canal was built because the St Lawance River was the only way to transport goods by water between Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal.  Because the river is also the border between Canada and the US, during war they were worried that the US could blockade the river. 

They built the canal to ensure safe passage of their ships, however by the time it was built, the war was over and never really needed for its intended purpose.

After lunch we continued on to Ottawa, stopping at the 1000 Islands.  At first we thought this was just going to be an hour boat cruise through a few islands (about 1800 or so to be exact).  But then we came across this one Island which has a castle on it!  Apparently it was built by the guy who owned the Waldorf hotel in New York, and his chef inveted things like 1000 Island Dressing (I bet you guess that already), Room Service, and Eggs Benidict!  As Eggs Benidict is Paul’s all time favourite breakfast… it was exciting to be at the spiritual home of the best breakfast ever!

After seeing the castle, and the shortest bridge between two countries (3 metres between two islands that the US/Canada border runs through), we continued onto Ottawa.  We arrived about 5pm.

Absolutely exhausted from the travel we had done so far, we both collapsed asleep as soon as we got to our hotel room.  After waking up about 8.30, we decided that since it was Kerrina’s Birthday we would go look for a nice place to eat.

The sun was just going down, so we walked to a nice al fresco restaurant a couple of blocks from the hotel.  It was still warm, and if it got colder we could just keep buying the $4.75 cocktails!

After dinner we walked up to Parliament Hill, where Canada’s Houses of Parliament sit.  At 10pm a light and sound show started on the wall of the Parliament building which ran through some of Canada’s history which was pretty interesting.

I know this is a bit of a brain dump, and our words are not doing it justice.  As soon as we can find somewhere to upload some photos we will make sure you get to see them.

Hope everyone is well!

Paul and Kerrina
We hopped on the bus again, stuff but today we left Toronto to head towards the capital of Canada, ailment Ottawa – which is about a 400km journey.

On the way we watched an Imax movie about beavers.  The LCD screens on the bus didn’t really do it justice, but as soon as the movie finished we saw our first beaver dam and lodge.

For lunch, we stopped at a town called Kingston, which is on the banks of the St Lawrence River.  Kingston is home to a few of Canada’s most important landmarks, like the maximum secuirty prison and the military academy (don’t know if that is coincidental).  It is also home to one end of the Rideau Canal, which winds its way to Ottawa.

The Rideau Canal was built because the St Lawance River was the only way to transport goods by water between Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal.  Because the river is also the border between Canada and the US, during war they were worried that the US could blockade the river. 

They built the canal to ensure safe passage of their ships, however by the time it was built, the war was over and never really needed for its intended purpose.

After lunch we continued on to Ottawa, stopping at the 1000 Islands.  At first we thought this was just going to be an hour boat cruise through a few islands (about 1800 or so to be exact).  But then we came across this one Island which has a castle on it!  Apparently it was built by the guy who owned the Waldorf hotel in New York, and his chef inveted things like 1000 Island Dressing (I bet you guess that already), Room Service, and Eggs Benidict!  As Eggs Benidict is Paul’s all time favourite breakfast… it was exciting to be at the spiritual home of the best breakfast ever!

After seeing the castle, and the shortest bridge between two countries (3 metres between two islands that the US/Canada border runs through), we continued onto Ottawa.  We arrived about 5pm.

Absolutely exhausted from the travel we had done so far, we both collapsed asleep as soon as we got to our hotel room.  After waking up about 8.30, we decided that since it was Kerrina’s Birthday we would go look for a nice place to eat.

The sun was just going down, so we walked to a nice al fresco restaurant a couple of blocks from the hotel.  It was still warm, and if it got colder we could just keep buying the $4.75 cocktails!

After dinner we walked up to Parliament Hill, where Canada’s Houses of Parliament sit.  At 10pm a light and sound show started on the wall of the Parliament building which ran through some of Canada’s history which was pretty interesting.

I know this is a bit of a brain dump, and our words are not doing it justice.  As soon as we can find somewhere to upload some photos we will make sure you get to see them.

Hope everyone is well!

Paul and Kerrina
This morning we woke up early and went for a walk to find some breakfast down in Ottawa’s market area.  Being a Sunday morning nothing was really open, medicine and because Paul had a slight navigation error during the walk, this site we were in a hurry to get back to the hotel to catch the bus.  Because of this we had to settle for McDonalds for breakfast.

It was the worst meal we have had so far on the trip.  Apparently when they say “Sausage McMuffin” in Canada, buy more about they mean pork sausage, not beef sausage like in Australia.  It tasted like crap!

We then got on the bus and headed out on a sight seeing tour of Toronto.  We caught all the sights… running past embassies and ambassador residences.. past the Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the War memorial.  Eventually we wound our way towards the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables.  There we saw a few of the horses they use for ceremonialduties, however no mounties were to be found.  Luckily we got a photo of one in their Ceremonial Uniform that we saw earlier in the day.

After the tour we hopped off at the Markets we tried to find in the morning and bought some fresh produce for dinner.  We also tried one of Canada’s favourite desserts… Beaver Tails.  Basically they are a flat donut, but taste good none the less.

After picking up a few souveniers we headed back to the hotel for dinner.  The salad we made from teh produce was fantastic, much better than the gunk we had in the morning.

Kerrina and Paul
This morning we woke up early and went for a walk to find some breakfast down in Ottawa’s market area.  Being a Sunday morning nothing was really open, malady and because Paul had a slight navigation error during the walk, human enhancement we were in a hurry to get back to the hotel to catch the bus.  Because of this we had to settle for McDonalds for breakfast.

It was the worst meal we have had so far on the trip.  Apparently when they say “Sausage McMuffin” in Canada, sales they mean pork sausage, not beef sausage like in Australia.  It tasted like crap!

We then got on the bus and headed out on a sight seeing tour of Toronto.  We caught all the sights… running past embassies and ambassador residences.. past the Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the War memorial.  Eventually we wound our way towards the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables.  There we saw a few of the horses they use for ceremonialduties, however no mounties were to be found.  Luckily we got a photo of one in their Ceremonial Uniform that we saw earlier in the day.

After the tour we hopped off at the Markets we tried to find in the morning and bought some fresh produce for dinner.  We also tried one of Canada’s favourite desserts… Beaver Tails.  Basically they are a flat donut, but taste good none the less.

After picking up a few souveniers we headed back to the hotel for dinner.  The salad we made from teh produce was fantastic, much better than the gunk we had in the morning.

Kerrina and Paul
Today we hoped onto the bus and started the 400km or so trip to Quebec City.

It wasn’t too long until we crossed the border into Quebec – and it felt like we went to a completely different country.  For those that don’t know about 95% of the population of Quebec speak French – so all the roadsigns are in french, heart all the menus at restaurants are in french, viagra here and most of the food is french too.

First stop on the way was into a Tim Hortons, surgery which are basically Canada’s equivalent of Starbucks.  But instead of fancy barista coffee, you just get the perculator stuff.  The Canadians go mad for Tim Hortons and their bagels/cookies.  I didn’t quite get it though.

Then we drove around the outskirts of Montreal – we could see the old Olympic Stadium in the distance, but that was about it.  We come back to Montreal later in the trip so no big loss.

We continued down the road closer and closer to Quebec City – and stopped at a place beside the St Lawrence River which is essentially a big shrine.  I could tell you some story about what the shrine is for (they get pilgrims there all the time)… but to be honest I can’t remember what the story was (Wikipedia anyone?).  Instead I will tell you about my lunch.

We had been told earlier in the trip to try some “Poutine”.  It apparently is a Canadian Favourite (up there with the beaver tails we mentioned earlier).  Basically you get some chips (french fries), jam some cheese curd into them, and then drown the lot in gravy.

Well today Paul had a go at it.  Upon reflection, I think Poutine is a French word for “Instant Heart Attack”.  But it sure did taste good!

Eventually we made it to Quebec City.  Our Hotel was in Saint Foy, which is about 15 minutes from the old city.  This year Quebec is celebrating 400 years – so there is plenty to see and do.

We went into the old city for a tour of Quebec City’s landmark – the Chateau Frontenac.  This is an amazing hotel built by the railroads to make lots of money out of their rich passengers.  The tour guide was an actor playing a message boy – the Aussies and Kiwi’s in the group were laughing at all the jokes – the yanks didn’t understand though.  We all had a good time.

After that we walked up to the Cafe de Paris… a french restaurant in an old street in the old city.  Basically it could have been a restaurant in Paris.  Paul had the Snails, Kerrina had the Pate, and we both had the Beef.  The Snails were good, the Pate was dodgy, and the beef didn’t stack up to what we have in Australia.

Then we had a few minutes to roam the old city one last time at night before heading back to the hotel.
Today we hoped onto the bus and started the 400km or so trip to Quebec City.

It wasn’t too long until we crossed the border into Quebec – and it felt like we went to a completely different country.  For those that don’t know about 95% of the population of Quebec speak French – so all the roadsigns are in french, therapist all the menus at restaurants are in french, and most of the food is french too.

First stop on the way was into a Tim Hortons, which are basically Canada’s equivilent of Starbucks.  But instead of fancy barrista coffee, you just get the perculator stuff.  The Canadians go mad for Tim Hortons and their bagels/cookies.  I didn’t quite get it though.

Then we drove around the outskirts of Montreal – we could see the old Olympic Stadium in the distance, but that was about it.  We come back to Montreal later in the trip so no big loss.

We continued down the road closer and closer to Quebec City – and stopped at a place beside the St Lawrence River which is essentially a big shrine.  I could tell you some story about what the shrine is for (they get pilgrims there all the time)… but to be honest I can’t remember what the story was (Wikipedia anyone?).  Instead I will tell you about my lunch.

We had been told earlier in the trip to try some “Poutine”.  It apparently is a Canadian Favourite (up there with the beaver tails we mentioned earlier).  Basically you get some chips (french fries), jam some cheese curd into them, and then drown the lot in gravy.

Well today Paul had a go at it.  Upon reflection, I think Poutine is a French word for “Instant Heart Attack”.  But it sure did taste good!

Eventually we made it to Quebec City.  Our Hotel was in Saint Foy, which is about 15 minutes from the old city.  This year Quebec is celebrating 400 years – so there is plenty to see and do.

We went into the old city for a tour of Quebec City’s landmark – the Chateau Frontenac.  This is an amazing hotel built by the railroads to make lots of money out of their rich passengers.  The tour guide was an actor playing a message boy – the Aussies and Kiwi’s in the group were laughing at all the jokes – the yanks didn’t understand though.  We all had a good time.

After that we walked up to the Cafe de Paris… a french restaurant in an old street in the old city.  Basically it could have been a restaurant in Paris.  Paul had the Snails, Kerrina had the Pate, and we both had the Beef.  The Snails were good, the Pate was dodgy, and the beef didn’t stack up to what we have in Australia.

Then we had a few minutes to roam the old city one last time at night before heading back to the hotel.
Today we had our official tour of Quebec City.

First we went down to the banks of the St Lawrence River and drove through the park that Canada’s federal government had given Quebec City for its 400th anniversary.

Then we drove up into the old city to have a look at it in daylight.  Didn’t look too different from the night before, stuff however it was a little brighter.

Some of the landmarks we looked at were the town’s Fort, the Plains of Abraham (where the British beat out the french a few hundred years ago), and where Celine Dion had just held a free concert a few nights earlier.  If we understood the tour guide correctly, the Celine Dion concert was the most exciting thing to happen in recent history.  It was part of a free concert series that they have had on for the 400th anniversary – a few weeks ago Paul McCartney played as well.  Unfortunately no one was doing a concert the nights we were there (and really – you would have to pay both of us to go see Celine Dion!)

After that we went back to the hotel – Kerrina caught up on sleep and Paul went for a run.

For dinner we headed out to a local Italian Restaurant.  Unfortunately due to the fact we were in a french speaking town, we had to translate the French to Italian to English on the menu.  In the end we just ended up pointing at pictures and hoping for the best.

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Day 5 – Ottawa to Quebec City

We hopped on the bus again, see ampoule but today we left Toronto to head towards the capital of Canada, Ottawa – which is about a 400km journey.

On the way we watched an Imax movie about beavers.  The LCD screens on the bus didn’t really do it justice, but as soon as the movie finished we saw our first beaver dam and lodge.

For lunch, we stopped at a town called Kingston, which is on the banks of the St Lawrence River.  Kingston is home to a few of Canada’s most important landmarks, like the maximum secuirty prison and the military academy (don’t know if that is coincidental).  It is also home to one end of the Rideau Canal, which winds its way to Ottawa.

The Rideau Canal was built because the St Lawance River was the only way to transport goods by water between Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal.  Because the river is also the border between Canada and the US, during war they were worried that the US could blockade the river. 

They built the canal to ensure safe passage of their ships, however by the time it was built, the war was over and never really needed for its intended purpose.

After lunch we continued on to Ottawa, stopping at the 1000 Islands.  At first we thought this was just going to be an hour boat cruise through a few islands (about 1800 or so to be exact).  But then we came across this one Island which has a castle on it!  Apparently it was built by the guy who owned the Waldorf hotel in New York, and his chef inveted things like 1000 Island Dressing (I bet you guess that already), Room Service, and Eggs Benidict!  As Eggs Benidict is Paul’s all time favourite breakfast… it was exciting to be at the spiritual home of the best breakfast ever!

After seeing the castle, and the shortest bridge between two countries (3 metres between two islands that the US/Canada border runs through), we continued onto Ottawa.  We arrived about 5pm.

Absolutely exhausted from the travel we had done so far, we both collapsed asleep as soon as we got to our hotel room.  After waking up about 8.30, we decided that since it was Kerrina’s Birthday we would go look for a nice place to eat.

The sun was just going down, so we walked to a nice al fresco restaurant a couple of blocks from the hotel.  It was still warm, and if it got colder we could just keep buying the $4.75 cocktails!

After dinner we walked up to Parliament Hill, where Canada’s Houses of Parliament sit.  At 10pm a light and sound show started on the wall of the Parliament building which ran through some of Canada’s history which was pretty interesting.

I know this is a bit of a brain dump, and our words are not doing it justice.  As soon as we can find somewhere to upload some photos we will make sure you get to see them.

Hope everyone is well!

Paul and Kerrina
We hopped on the bus again, stuff but today we left Toronto to head towards the capital of Canada, ailment Ottawa – which is about a 400km journey.

On the way we watched an Imax movie about beavers.  The LCD screens on the bus didn’t really do it justice, but as soon as the movie finished we saw our first beaver dam and lodge.

For lunch, we stopped at a town called Kingston, which is on the banks of the St Lawrence River.  Kingston is home to a few of Canada’s most important landmarks, like the maximum secuirty prison and the military academy (don’t know if that is coincidental).  It is also home to one end of the Rideau Canal, which winds its way to Ottawa.

The Rideau Canal was built because the St Lawance River was the only way to transport goods by water between Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal.  Because the river is also the border between Canada and the US, during war they were worried that the US could blockade the river. 

They built the canal to ensure safe passage of their ships, however by the time it was built, the war was over and never really needed for its intended purpose.

After lunch we continued on to Ottawa, stopping at the 1000 Islands.  At first we thought this was just going to be an hour boat cruise through a few islands (about 1800 or so to be exact).  But then we came across this one Island which has a castle on it!  Apparently it was built by the guy who owned the Waldorf hotel in New York, and his chef inveted things like 1000 Island Dressing (I bet you guess that already), Room Service, and Eggs Benidict!  As Eggs Benidict is Paul’s all time favourite breakfast… it was exciting to be at the spiritual home of the best breakfast ever!

After seeing the castle, and the shortest bridge between two countries (3 metres between two islands that the US/Canada border runs through), we continued onto Ottawa.  We arrived about 5pm.

Absolutely exhausted from the travel we had done so far, we both collapsed asleep as soon as we got to our hotel room.  After waking up about 8.30, we decided that since it was Kerrina’s Birthday we would go look for a nice place to eat.

The sun was just going down, so we walked to a nice al fresco restaurant a couple of blocks from the hotel.  It was still warm, and if it got colder we could just keep buying the $4.75 cocktails!

After dinner we walked up to Parliament Hill, where Canada’s Houses of Parliament sit.  At 10pm a light and sound show started on the wall of the Parliament building which ran through some of Canada’s history which was pretty interesting.

I know this is a bit of a brain dump, and our words are not doing it justice.  As soon as we can find somewhere to upload some photos we will make sure you get to see them.

Hope everyone is well!

Paul and Kerrina
This morning we woke up early and went for a walk to find some breakfast down in Ottawa’s market area.  Being a Sunday morning nothing was really open, medicine and because Paul had a slight navigation error during the walk, this site we were in a hurry to get back to the hotel to catch the bus.  Because of this we had to settle for McDonalds for breakfast.

It was the worst meal we have had so far on the trip.  Apparently when they say “Sausage McMuffin” in Canada, buy more about they mean pork sausage, not beef sausage like in Australia.  It tasted like crap!

We then got on the bus and headed out on a sight seeing tour of Toronto.  We caught all the sights… running past embassies and ambassador residences.. past the Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the War memorial.  Eventually we wound our way towards the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables.  There we saw a few of the horses they use for ceremonialduties, however no mounties were to be found.  Luckily we got a photo of one in their Ceremonial Uniform that we saw earlier in the day.

After the tour we hopped off at the Markets we tried to find in the morning and bought some fresh produce for dinner.  We also tried one of Canada’s favourite desserts… Beaver Tails.  Basically they are a flat donut, but taste good none the less.

After picking up a few souveniers we headed back to the hotel for dinner.  The salad we made from teh produce was fantastic, much better than the gunk we had in the morning.

Kerrina and Paul
This morning we woke up early and went for a walk to find some breakfast down in Ottawa’s market area.  Being a Sunday morning nothing was really open, malady and because Paul had a slight navigation error during the walk, human enhancement we were in a hurry to get back to the hotel to catch the bus.  Because of this we had to settle for McDonalds for breakfast.

It was the worst meal we have had so far on the trip.  Apparently when they say “Sausage McMuffin” in Canada, sales they mean pork sausage, not beef sausage like in Australia.  It tasted like crap!

We then got on the bus and headed out on a sight seeing tour of Toronto.  We caught all the sights… running past embassies and ambassador residences.. past the Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the War memorial.  Eventually we wound our way towards the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables.  There we saw a few of the horses they use for ceremonialduties, however no mounties were to be found.  Luckily we got a photo of one in their Ceremonial Uniform that we saw earlier in the day.

After the tour we hopped off at the Markets we tried to find in the morning and bought some fresh produce for dinner.  We also tried one of Canada’s favourite desserts… Beaver Tails.  Basically they are a flat donut, but taste good none the less.

After picking up a few souveniers we headed back to the hotel for dinner.  The salad we made from teh produce was fantastic, much better than the gunk we had in the morning.

Kerrina and Paul
Today we hoped onto the bus and started the 400km or so trip to Quebec City.

It wasn’t too long until we crossed the border into Quebec – and it felt like we went to a completely different country.  For those that don’t know about 95% of the population of Quebec speak French – so all the roadsigns are in french, heart all the menus at restaurants are in french, viagra here and most of the food is french too.

First stop on the way was into a Tim Hortons, surgery which are basically Canada’s equivalent of Starbucks.  But instead of fancy barista coffee, you just get the perculator stuff.  The Canadians go mad for Tim Hortons and their bagels/cookies.  I didn’t quite get it though.

Then we drove around the outskirts of Montreal – we could see the old Olympic Stadium in the distance, but that was about it.  We come back to Montreal later in the trip so no big loss.

We continued down the road closer and closer to Quebec City – and stopped at a place beside the St Lawrence River which is essentially a big shrine.  I could tell you some story about what the shrine is for (they get pilgrims there all the time)… but to be honest I can’t remember what the story was (Wikipedia anyone?).  Instead I will tell you about my lunch.

We had been told earlier in the trip to try some “Poutine”.  It apparently is a Canadian Favourite (up there with the beaver tails we mentioned earlier).  Basically you get some chips (french fries), jam some cheese curd into them, and then drown the lot in gravy.

Well today Paul had a go at it.  Upon reflection, I think Poutine is a French word for “Instant Heart Attack”.  But it sure did taste good!

Eventually we made it to Quebec City.  Our Hotel was in Saint Foy, which is about 15 minutes from the old city.  This year Quebec is celebrating 400 years – so there is plenty to see and do.

We went into the old city for a tour of Quebec City’s landmark – the Chateau Frontenac.  This is an amazing hotel built by the railroads to make lots of money out of their rich passengers.  The tour guide was an actor playing a message boy – the Aussies and Kiwi’s in the group were laughing at all the jokes – the yanks didn’t understand though.  We all had a good time.

After that we walked up to the Cafe de Paris… a french restaurant in an old street in the old city.  Basically it could have been a restaurant in Paris.  Paul had the Snails, Kerrina had the Pate, and we both had the Beef.  The Snails were good, the Pate was dodgy, and the beef didn’t stack up to what we have in Australia.

Then we had a few minutes to roam the old city one last time at night before heading back to the hotel.

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Day 4 – Ottawa

We hopped on the bus again, see ampoule but today we left Toronto to head towards the capital of Canada, Ottawa – which is about a 400km journey.

On the way we watched an Imax movie about beavers.  The LCD screens on the bus didn’t really do it justice, but as soon as the movie finished we saw our first beaver dam and lodge.

For lunch, we stopped at a town called Kingston, which is on the banks of the St Lawrence River.  Kingston is home to a few of Canada’s most important landmarks, like the maximum secuirty prison and the military academy (don’t know if that is coincidental).  It is also home to one end of the Rideau Canal, which winds its way to Ottawa.

The Rideau Canal was built because the St Lawance River was the only way to transport goods by water between Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal.  Because the river is also the border between Canada and the US, during war they were worried that the US could blockade the river. 

They built the canal to ensure safe passage of their ships, however by the time it was built, the war was over and never really needed for its intended purpose.

After lunch we continued on to Ottawa, stopping at the 1000 Islands.  At first we thought this was just going to be an hour boat cruise through a few islands (about 1800 or so to be exact).  But then we came across this one Island which has a castle on it!  Apparently it was built by the guy who owned the Waldorf hotel in New York, and his chef inveted things like 1000 Island Dressing (I bet you guess that already), Room Service, and Eggs Benidict!  As Eggs Benidict is Paul’s all time favourite breakfast… it was exciting to be at the spiritual home of the best breakfast ever!

After seeing the castle, and the shortest bridge between two countries (3 metres between two islands that the US/Canada border runs through), we continued onto Ottawa.  We arrived about 5pm.

Absolutely exhausted from the travel we had done so far, we both collapsed asleep as soon as we got to our hotel room.  After waking up about 8.30, we decided that since it was Kerrina’s Birthday we would go look for a nice place to eat.

The sun was just going down, so we walked to a nice al fresco restaurant a couple of blocks from the hotel.  It was still warm, and if it got colder we could just keep buying the $4.75 cocktails!

After dinner we walked up to Parliament Hill, where Canada’s Houses of Parliament sit.  At 10pm a light and sound show started on the wall of the Parliament building which ran through some of Canada’s history which was pretty interesting.

I know this is a bit of a brain dump, and our words are not doing it justice.  As soon as we can find somewhere to upload some photos we will make sure you get to see them.

Hope everyone is well!

Paul and Kerrina
We hopped on the bus again, stuff but today we left Toronto to head towards the capital of Canada, ailment Ottawa – which is about a 400km journey.

On the way we watched an Imax movie about beavers.  The LCD screens on the bus didn’t really do it justice, but as soon as the movie finished we saw our first beaver dam and lodge.

For lunch, we stopped at a town called Kingston, which is on the banks of the St Lawrence River.  Kingston is home to a few of Canada’s most important landmarks, like the maximum secuirty prison and the military academy (don’t know if that is coincidental).  It is also home to one end of the Rideau Canal, which winds its way to Ottawa.

The Rideau Canal was built because the St Lawance River was the only way to transport goods by water between Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal.  Because the river is also the border between Canada and the US, during war they were worried that the US could blockade the river. 

They built the canal to ensure safe passage of their ships, however by the time it was built, the war was over and never really needed for its intended purpose.

After lunch we continued on to Ottawa, stopping at the 1000 Islands.  At first we thought this was just going to be an hour boat cruise through a few islands (about 1800 or so to be exact).  But then we came across this one Island which has a castle on it!  Apparently it was built by the guy who owned the Waldorf hotel in New York, and his chef inveted things like 1000 Island Dressing (I bet you guess that already), Room Service, and Eggs Benidict!  As Eggs Benidict is Paul’s all time favourite breakfast… it was exciting to be at the spiritual home of the best breakfast ever!

After seeing the castle, and the shortest bridge between two countries (3 metres between two islands that the US/Canada border runs through), we continued onto Ottawa.  We arrived about 5pm.

Absolutely exhausted from the travel we had done so far, we both collapsed asleep as soon as we got to our hotel room.  After waking up about 8.30, we decided that since it was Kerrina’s Birthday we would go look for a nice place to eat.

The sun was just going down, so we walked to a nice al fresco restaurant a couple of blocks from the hotel.  It was still warm, and if it got colder we could just keep buying the $4.75 cocktails!

After dinner we walked up to Parliament Hill, where Canada’s Houses of Parliament sit.  At 10pm a light and sound show started on the wall of the Parliament building which ran through some of Canada’s history which was pretty interesting.

I know this is a bit of a brain dump, and our words are not doing it justice.  As soon as we can find somewhere to upload some photos we will make sure you get to see them.

Hope everyone is well!

Paul and Kerrina
This morning we woke up early and went for a walk to find some breakfast down in Ottawa’s market area.  Being a Sunday morning nothing was really open, medicine and because Paul had a slight navigation error during the walk, this site we were in a hurry to get back to the hotel to catch the bus.  Because of this we had to settle for McDonalds for breakfast.

It was the worst meal we have had so far on the trip.  Apparently when they say “Sausage McMuffin” in Canada, buy more about they mean pork sausage, not beef sausage like in Australia.  It tasted like crap!

We then got on the bus and headed out on a sight seeing tour of Toronto.  We caught all the sights… running past embassies and ambassador residences.. past the Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the War memorial.  Eventually we wound our way towards the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables.  There we saw a few of the horses they use for ceremonialduties, however no mounties were to be found.  Luckily we got a photo of one in their Ceremonial Uniform that we saw earlier in the day.

After the tour we hopped off at the Markets we tried to find in the morning and bought some fresh produce for dinner.  We also tried one of Canada’s favourite desserts… Beaver Tails.  Basically they are a flat donut, but taste good none the less.

After picking up a few souveniers we headed back to the hotel for dinner.  The salad we made from teh produce was fantastic, much better than the gunk we had in the morning.

Kerrina and Paul

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Day 3 – Toronto to Ottawa – 1000 Islands

We hopped on the bus again, see ampoule but today we left Toronto to head towards the capital of Canada, Ottawa – which is about a 400km journey.

On the way we watched an Imax movie about beavers.  The LCD screens on the bus didn’t really do it justice, but as soon as the movie finished we saw our first beaver dam and lodge.

For lunch, we stopped at a town called Kingston, which is on the banks of the St Lawrence River.  Kingston is home to a few of Canada’s most important landmarks, like the maximum secuirty prison and the military academy (don’t know if that is coincidental).  It is also home to one end of the Rideau Canal, which winds its way to Ottawa.

The Rideau Canal was built because the St Lawance River was the only way to transport goods by water between Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal.  Because the river is also the border between Canada and the US, during war they were worried that the US could blockade the river. 

They built the canal to ensure safe passage of their ships, however by the time it was built, the war was over and never really needed for its intended purpose.

After lunch we continued on to Ottawa, stopping at the 1000 Islands.  At first we thought this was just going to be an hour boat cruise through a few islands (about 1800 or so to be exact).  But then we came across this one Island which has a castle on it!  Apparently it was built by the guy who owned the Waldorf hotel in New York, and his chef inveted things like 1000 Island Dressing (I bet you guess that already), Room Service, and Eggs Benidict!  As Eggs Benidict is Paul’s all time favourite breakfast… it was exciting to be at the spiritual home of the best breakfast ever!

After seeing the castle, and the shortest bridge between two countries (3 metres between two islands that the US/Canada border runs through), we continued onto Ottawa.  We arrived about 5pm.

Absolutely exhausted from the travel we had done so far, we both collapsed asleep as soon as we got to our hotel room.  After waking up about 8.30, we decided that since it was Kerrina’s Birthday we would go look for a nice place to eat.

The sun was just going down, so we walked to a nice al fresco restaurant a couple of blocks from the hotel.  It was still warm, and if it got colder we could just keep buying the $4.75 cocktails!

After dinner we walked up to Parliament Hill, where Canada’s Houses of Parliament sit.  At 10pm a light and sound show started on the wall of the Parliament building which ran through some of Canada’s history which was pretty interesting.

I know this is a bit of a brain dump, and our words are not doing it justice.  As soon as we can find somewhere to upload some photos we will make sure you get to see them.

Hope everyone is well!

Paul and Kerrina

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Day 2 – Niagara Falls – Dinner at CN Tower

This morning we woke to another fabulous day in Toronto.  After breakfast down in the hotel restaurant we hopped on our tour bus for the first time.

The tour group are pretty good, bronchitis patient however there are a few special people on board, disinfection and one in particular from New York who is getting on everyone’s nerves already.  She has already invited herself to stay with us in Australia, and again, we politely ignored her request.

The bus took us out of Toronto around the edge of Lake Ontario.  On the trip we passed through or past a number of interesting places.  The first was a town which is basically Canada’s equivalent of Newcastle – a big steel town which today looked like Beijing with all the smog.  Apparently the steel mill there is owned by an Australian company, I am guessing BHP.

On the way they played us a DVD about Hydro Power in Canada, and about how they built the hydro plants at the falls.  Was interesting to hear that during off peak tourist times (basically before 8am) they divert half of the flow of the falls off to be used for hydro power.

After about two hours on the road we arrived at the falls.  It was one of those moments were you have to pinch yourself to realise you are standing at the place that you have seen so many times in movies, tv shows, in the news etc etc.  We pulled up and took a heap of video and plenty of photos.  Unfortunately we STILL can’t share them with you because this is the second Internet cafe we have been to that has the computer locked up… which means I can’t plug my card reader in :(  .  As soon as we find one that can we will make sure we upload everything you have missed so far.

Anyways… Kerrina, fearing that her brand new shoes would get wet when we went down to the falls, ran into the souvenier shop and bought an emergency pair of thongs. 

After some more photo opportunties up the top of the Horseshoe Falls (the nice looking ones!) we walked down to the Maid of the Mist.  The Maid of the Mist is a company that runs those boats up the river to the base of the Horseshoe Falls that you see in all the photos.

After donning our blue rain poncho’s, and Paul figuring out the best way to hold the video camera without it getting wet (for the record, if you wear your poncho sideways you can push the camera out through one of the arm holes)… we got onto the boat for our quick trip up the river.

The first falls you go to are the American Falls.  Whilst impressive, they didn’t really get you wet.  There is a walkway on the US side of the river (forgot to mention that the river the Falls are on is the border between the US and Canada) that you can use to walk down to the very edge of the falls, and there would have been at least 200 people down there when we went past.

After the American Falls the boat goes a little further up river to the Horseshoe falls.  At first the Maid of the Mist lived up to its name.  Then as we got closer, it wasn’t really mist anymore, more like standing out in the middle of a severe Brisbane summer thunderstorm downpour (as Forrest Gump would say “big fat rain”).  It was so heavy you couldn’t actually see the top of the falls!

After about 5 minutes at the edge of the falls, the boat turned around and took us back to the landing.  After taking the poncho off we were both pretty dry which is a bonus, beacuse we were about the only people on the tour who didn’t bring a spare change of clothes.

Then we hopped on the bus back to Toronto.

Later that night we dressed up and had dinner at the top of what is currently and officiallythe tallest free standing structure in the world – the CN Tower (techncially the Burj Dubai is taller, but it has not been completed, nor the official height been declared, so we can still say we were on top of the world for one night).

It was just like any other tower revolving restaurant like you would see in Sydney or Auckland, just a little taller.

It also has a section of glass floor.  Because the CN Tower is right beside the Rogers Centre (where we watched the baseball the night before), we spent some time watching the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Sox from about 1000ft above the stadium.

We took the lift down the tower, then hopped on the bus back to the hotel for our last night in Toronto.

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Day 1 (Part 2) – Baseball!

We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!  Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!  Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
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We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!  Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
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you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.
We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, endocrinologist
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!  Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
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you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.
We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, endocrinologist
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
… until we get on the plane to Canada and the US 🙂

We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, prothesis
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), decease
subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
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After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.  All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.  Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got the explosive trace test and special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport - the security guard must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) -  Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, public health managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.  Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.  Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, women’s health more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) – 12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.  No sign of Billy Elliot.  He may be still on the plane stuck in a crack between two seats.  Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.  Collected our bags and noticed that somewhere along the journey someone had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.  Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.  Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.  Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) – We sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).  The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel – roadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular – they light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina
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After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.  All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.  Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got the explosive trace test and special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport - the security guard must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) -  Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, public health managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.  Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.  Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, women’s health more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) – 12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.  No sign of Billy Elliot.  He may be still on the plane stuck in a crack between two seats.  Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.  Collected our bags and noticed that somewhere along the journey someone had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.  Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.  Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.  Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) – We sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).  The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel – roadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular – they light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina
… until we get on the plane to Canada and the US 🙂

We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, sale
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), prescription
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Paul and Kerrina
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After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.  All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.  Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got the explosive trace test and special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport - the security guard must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) -  Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, public health managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.  Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.  Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, women’s health more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) – 12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.  No sign of Billy Elliot.  He may be still on the plane stuck in a crack between two seats.  Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.  Collected our bags and noticed that somewhere along the journey someone had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.  Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.  Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.  Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) – We sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).  The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel – roadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular – they light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina
… until we get on the plane to Canada and the US 🙂

We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, sale
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), prescription
subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
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so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), online subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
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After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.  All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.  Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got the explosive trace test and special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport - the security guard must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) -  Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, anorexia managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.  Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.  Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) – 12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.  No sign of Billy Elliot.  He may be still on the plane stuck in a crack between two seats.  Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.  Collected our bags and noticed that somewhere along the journey someone had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.  Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.  Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.  Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) – We sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).  The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel – roadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular – they light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina
Woke up this morning at about 9ish after the best 7 hours sleep ever!  Not a sign of Jet Lag either which is refreshing after how hard it was to stay awake on our last flight yesterday

Great weather in Toronto today, heart would be about 24/25 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  Had breakfast across the road at our first of what will be many diner meals on our holiday.  They had the Olympics on TV, generic and it was great to see coverage without Andrew Daddo or Joanna Griggs ruining it!

Our hotel is about 2 kilometres away from the CN Tower, vitamin so after a “discussion” at the subway station trying to figure out where to get off the train, we decided to walk into the city.  Proved to be the right decision, as it is a spectacular day.  Walked down Younge Street, which has some big arcade like shopping malls which are all undercover for the winter time.  Spotted some cheap Canadian Olympic team merchandise which we might pick up later – it might get cheaper in a couple more days though so we might hold out.

Walked past the Hockey Hall of Fame and to the base of the CN Tower.  Took plenty of photos (and will upload them when we get to an Internet Cafe were we can plug in the card reader).  Sat down outside the Marine Fire Station on Lake Ontario… they have a little fake beach which was a great spot to just watch the boats for about 30 minutes. 

Walked back past Rogers Centre, which is the big Baseball stadium here.  The Toronto Blue Jays are playing the New York Yankees tonight, so we are tossing up whether to go and watch them play.  Tickets are expensive if you want to be right behind the batter, but if you want to sit up in the rafters it is only $9 – not bad to catch the Yankees play I guess.

It is about 4:30 here, Kerrina is just catching up with our Tour Director for our first Tour which starts tomorrow.  On the first day we are off to Niagra Falls and will be doing some sightseeing around Toronto as well – finishing with dinner in the restaurant on the top of the CN Tower – will be a great view at night and can’t wait.

Anyways… here are some important statistics so far.

  • Times we have heard someone say ‘aboot’: 3
  • Times we have heard someone say ‘eh’: 2

Paul and Kerrina

PS.  Kerrina just got back from meeting the Tour Director – she has already spotted one of the group to avoid already.  Good reconnaissance work!
Woke up this morning at about 9ish after the best 7 hours sleep ever!  Not a sign of Jet Lag either which is refreshing after how hard it was to stay awake on our last flight yesterday

Great weather in Toronto today, ed would be about 24/25 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  Had breakfast across the road at our first of what will be many diner meals on our holiday.  They had the Olympics on TV, visit and it was great to see coverage without Andrew Daddo or Joanna Griggs ruining it!

Our hotel is about 2 kilometres away from the CN Tower, cheap so after a “discussion” at the subway station trying to figure out where to get off the train, we decided to walk into the city.  Proved to be the right decision, as it is a spectacular day.  Walked down Younge Street, which has some big arcade like shopping malls which are all undercover for the winter time.  Spotted some cheap Canadian Olympic team merchandise which we might pick up later – it might get cheaper in a couple more days though so we might hold out.

Walked past the Hockey Hall of Fame and to the base of the CN Tower.  Took plenty of photos (and will upload them when we get to an Internet Cafe were we can plug in the card reader).  Sat down outside the Marine Fire Station on Lake Ontario… they have a little fake beach which was a great spot to just watch the boats for about 30 minutes. 

Walked back past Rogers Centre, which is the big Baseball stadium here.  The Toronto Blue Jays are playing the New York Yankees tonight, so we are tossing up whether to go and watch them play.  Tickets are expensive if you want to be right behind the batter, but if you want to sit up in the rafters it is only $9 – not bad to catch the Yankees play I guess.

It is about 4:30 here, Kerrina is just catching up with our Tour Director for our first Tour which starts tomorrow.  On the first day we are off to Niagra Falls and will be doing some sightseeing around Toronto as well – finishing with dinner in the restaurant on the top of the CN Tower – will be a great view at night and can’t wait.

Anyways… here are some important statistics so far.

  • Times we have heard someone say ‘aboot’: 3
  • Times we have heard someone say ‘eh’: 2

Paul and Kerrina

PS.  Kerrina just got back from meeting the Tour Director – she has already spotted one of the group to avoid already.  Good reconnaissance work!
As we mentioned in the previous post, hemorrhoids the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees were playing at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

We ended up paying a whopping $9 each to go watch the game.  And it was the best $9 bucks I think we have each ever spent on a sporting event.

The game was supposed to be very close – the Blue Jays and Yankees were 1-1 in the best of three series.  However it turned into an entertaining yet absolute flogging of the hopeless Yankees 13-4.

The atmosphere at the Rogers Centre was just amazing.  There were about 37 000 people in a stadium that fits 50 000.  However it was almost a State of Origin like crowd.

During the game we noticed what looked like nice corporate boxes up behind the outfield.  We eventually realised that these are suites at the hotel which is inside the dome of the Rogers Centre.  Apparently when it first opened there were a couple there who were bored with the game… and decided to entertain themselves.  A few people in the crowd noticed, then the players noticed, and then the camera’s noticed.  Play stopped for 5 minutes whilst the entertainment concluded (I am sure the guy says it was much longer than that).   These days if you stay in one of those suites during a game night you need to sign a waiver saying you will not get into and mischief until the audience leaves.

Unfortunately the night we were there, there was no entertainment from above.  But there was plenty of other things going on to keep the crowd pumped for the 3 hours of play.

In fact Kerrina and I both agree that the Aussie football codes could learn a lot from how they run things over here.

… But I know you are all thinking the same thing… “sure those tickets were cheap… but what about the beer?”  Well that is where they make the money.  For a local beer… $8.50 + TAX.  Which works out to be about $9.60, or more than the price of admission.  And to add insult to injury… the Canadian Dollar costs about $1.10 Australian, which takes it well past the $10 mark 🙁

HOWEVER… we might be just paying for the price of innovation… Beer in a cup comes with a lid on it so you don’t spill it!  Now if you think of all the beer wasted when carrying it back to your seat, chances are Australian’s and Canadians are paying the same price per 100/mL.  But I digress….

At the game were we sitting with a few interesting people.  The couple beside us were some hippy couple who had smuggled some rum in and were well and truely in the spirit when we took our seats.  Kerrina managed to withstand the somewhat repetitive line of questioning from them throughout the night.  I think they were just excited to meet foreigners.  We politely ignored them when they asked for free accomodation in Australia. 

The man, who had a tooth missing, was wearing a bandana, and was a ranga (red head for the non-FOBs out there) had bet $1000 on the Yankees to win.  After the second inning of nine it was pretty much clear that he had lost his bet, so he went on drinking and was about the only person cheering for the Yankees by the 9th.

Down one row and to the left was a group of Koreans who were also barracking for the Yankees… actually I don’t think they really cared who the team was, because all you could hear from them all night was “Matsui, Matsui, Matsui.”  I figured out that there was a Korean by the name of Matsui playing for the Yankees and in the 8th inning he managed to hit a home run with two of the bases loaded – and they went ballistic!  I have video of them doing the “crazy Matsui dance” which I will share once we get back.

And to top that off… for those of you who have been at Data#3 a while (Pete/Mark!), the lead Korean Matsui crazy dancer looked like an asian version of Alistair Spears (even down to the sideburns, and the glasses)!

After the game we sat at the bottom of the CN Tower for a while trying to get a good night shot, then found our way to the subway for the trip back to the hotel.

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