Canada and New England 2017
July 26, 2017
We flew Air Canada direct from Houston to Montreal. Air Canada had not sold out of First Class tickets an offered them at a discount, so we upgraded.
Here are some pictures from the plane.
The St. Lawrence Seaway from the air. Who was St. Lawrence anyway?
Our hotel in Montreal was beautiful and we highly recommend it.
Ceiling art in lobby of hotel.
Harbor view from our room
View from the concierge lounge on 35th floor
July 27, 2017
We decided to take our own walking tour of Montreal in the morning and then a bike tour in the afternoon.
Just out the front door was the Jaguar E-Car Racing Team, who stayed at our hotel. Montreal was hosting an electric car race this weekend.
Which way to go?
This is the statue outside of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Here is a closer view of a French pioneer man with his Cocker Spaniel.
Notre Dame Cathedral itself.
Bacillica de Notre Dame
Basillica de Notre Dame
A Houston's restaurant in Montreal.
Tommy has a cafe. Tommy is Cheryl's brother.
Nice place Tommy!
Carriage rides were available.
View from the dedicate bike trail; the train which runs parallel to the harbor. Note Jay pedaling along!
Bike path along the harbor
Rock climbing in the amusement park.
Amusement park near harbor.
Strange looking apartments across the river.
View of Montreal style architecture, field stone and exterior stairs.
Afternoon Bike Tour
After our morning combo walk/bike of three hours, we were scheduled to take a four hour bike tour.
These were very good bikes. Mine actually had disc brakes.
Our guide with typical Montreal buildings and staircases.
There were plenty of pretty parks.
View of building.
Bagel stop on the bike tour near Mont Royal! Montreal style bagels - In contrast to the New York-style bagel, the Montreal bagel is smaller, thinner, sweeter an
There were gold hanging balls in the gay area.
Clock tower near the port
Pizza before the bike tour. It was good.
We returned to the port, turned in our bikes and then walked back to the hotel, cleaned up and had their free hor'dourves.
July 28, 2017 we set out on foot again.
We had walked and ridden and now it was time to walk and explore again.
Just inland from our hotel is the statue to Lord Stratcono, a British loyalist. Update statues to war heroes renouncing war, violence and promoting civil rights
Montreal grows herbs in the CBD and provides a sitting area with Adirondack chairs.
Looking toward McGill University from our sitting area.
The Baha'i Shrine was closed
Jay split off for a while looking for a Baha'i shrine at 1548 des Pins Ave West. After about an hour of walking I came upon it. I knocked both on the 1548 address and the address next door as directed in their sign. After a few minutes I knocked again and someone answered saying, "We are closed." I said I had come from Houston and just wanted to meet the people. She repeated they were closed and to go down the street to the information center at 177 Ave des Pins East. She gave me some brochures and sent me away.
I went about a mile east on Ave des Pins and found the Information center. It was closed so I returned to the hotel to continue walking with Cheryl. Yes, I did contact the Baha' i before the trip, but got no directions from them.
Christ Church Cathedral
Side view of Christ Church Cathedral
Inside Christ Church Cathedral.
Here are some stained glass windows of CCC.
More windows of CCC.
Heading back to the Mont Royal area for dinner, we took the metro stop to the Rue de Mount Royal stop. It has a farmers market.
We found a restaurant where we could bring our own wine.
Dinner, we liked it.
After dinner stroll
After dinner stroll on Rue de Mont Royal.
YMHA not YMCA on Rue de Mont Royal
Our hotel, street view.
Another view inside our hotel.
July 29, 2017
We checked out of the hotel (it was a great hotel) and walked to the harbor. We got there about 11:30 and decided to have lunch since our board time was 1:00 p.m. We ordered a local beer and an entree and waited and waited and waited. We never did get served so we paid for the beer and left. Our order had been lost. Apparently the servers place the orders one on top of each other, leaving the oldest on the bottom. When they are busy, the first order never gets filled.
Cafe where we never got served lunch.
Skyline view from the port
Our ship, The Veendam
View from Veendam
View of the port from The Veendam.
On board display of our location in real time
Theater where meetings were held and the shows performed
View from sports deck awaiting departure.
July 30, 2017 Quebec City
We settled in, had dinner on the Lido deck, explored the ship and went to bed. The ship disembarked for Quebec City.
We arrived in Quebec City and decided to "go left" and see what we could see. The Citadel is "to the left" so we went to see it. The Citadel is located on high ground known as, The Plains of Abraham.
It is a very long walk and Cheryl stopped, but Jay continued.
The funicular (cog train) up to the promenade.
The way to the Citadel in Quebec City
We were headed to the Plains of Abraham.
View from the Plains of Abraham.
Entry to the parade ground
Soldiers gathered before the changing of the guard.
This is what the changing of the guard looks like.
Here is another view of changing of the guard.
The Veendam from the promenade to the Citadel.
Chalmers-Wesley United Church of Canada. The United Church of Canada was founded in 1925 as a merger of four Protestant denominations: the Methodist Church, Can
Methodists have big organs
Another view of roof and window
Lunch at a nice little French restaurant
This is a view of the restaurant interior... good food, we recommend it.
Exterior view of restaurant
Singer on the promenade, she was good!
The Veendam from the promenade.
The fancy hotel on the promenade
Interior of fancy Hotel Fontenac with stairway from promenade to harbor level
This is the staircase inside hotel which leads to harbor level.
Art sculpture, either you get it or you don't.
Here is a Rolls Royce on the move near the harbor.
Here is an art sign for bike shop where the wheels rotate with the wind.
A tour boat in the harbor
July 31, 2017 Sea Day
We returned to the ship, had a great meal and collapsed in our bed. We were to have a day at sea tomorrow.
Bow waves on Sea Day
We drank two bottles of wine on this trip. We decided we preferred Pinot Noir over Merlot.
The show on Sea Day was great, but no photography. You just have to go on the cruise to see it.
August 1, 2017 Charlottetown
After a restful day at sea, we pulled into the port of Charlottetown. We decided to "walk left" again.
Charlottetown has a beautiful harbor with twin spires in background.
Note what temperature they consider, "Warm."
St. Paul's Anglican Church
St. Paul's interior was built by shipwrights.
Then to the Presbyterians across the street.
Presbyterians also have big organs.
Trinity United Church
Street scene of a carriage ride.
The Great George Hotel
Back to the Veendam
A piper and a guardsman came from Halifax to play a tune and gab.
The piper, piping on stage
The guardsman gabbing
The port town of Sydney
We left Charlottetown and headed on to Sydney which houses the regiment.
The port of Sydney and its famous violin
St. Patrick's interior
looking down from the gallery
Back of St. Patrick's
one of the many graves
There was a cat in a window doing what cats do.
Cossit House entrance
The docent in study said the people did not bath in winter due to the cold.
Preachers were prominent in politics back in the day... even now.
A real garden gnome!
They kept a garden of medicinal plants.
Saint George's Church
Exterior view of Saint George's Church
Saint George slayed the dragon.
Saint George has a small organ.
The exterior of Saint George's Parish Hall
Back on board we attended a cooking class.
Fancy demonstration kitchen.
Sam at work
August 3, 2017 we sail to Halifax.
We sailed from Sydney to Halifax overnight. It should be pointed out, even though it is obvious, there was much good food on board. We did not take pictures of the dishes this trip because cruising is synonymous with good food.
WWI memorial, the war to end all wars. When will we learn not to fight at all?
Samuel Cunnard came from Germantown and started a steamship line and got rich. He was on the forefront of steam propulsion for ships.
Below is a sculpture representing the emigrants to Canada.
If you fight in battles, you generally get killed or suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Lighthouse on an island in Halifax harbor.
Saint Mary's Church
Naive of Saint Mary's
Saint Matthew's is one of the United churches. There were so few Protestants they united.
Saint Matthew's exterior
Rose window close up
Another view of Saint Matthew's exterior.
Arch in front of cemetary
Weather vane on commercial building.
Entrance to Chinatown
Manufacturing and cutting of crystals here. They are also for sale.
The craftsman is cutting crystal.
View of the furnace for manufacture of the crystal.
Kyakers in the harbor. That water is cold!
The kyakers went toward the lighthouse on the island.
The set for the last show.
August 4, 2017
We left Halifax and headed to Bar Harbor. We planned a bike ride along the country roads.
Sea day to Bar Harbor
We had to use tenders to go ashore at Bar Harbor.
Condos on the harbor
We are all ready for our bike ride.
The beaver pond. What does beaver taste like, the other white meat?
We had to abandon the ride because of the dust from fresh gravel. The gravel dust was very heavy and caused respiratory issues. Of the 12 mile loop, we biked ab
Street scene in Bar Harbor
Street scene in Bar Harbor
Deli where we ate lunch. We shared sandwichs (a lobster roll, of course, as well as a tuna sandwich.) Both were very good. We recommend it.
There is a big fancy hotel through the trees.
A portion of the big fancy hotel.
Another view of the big fancy hotel.
Sculpture across the street
Old four masted schooner docked right outside of big fancy hotel.
Garden and gazebo on the walk back to the dock
Our tender back to the Veendam
A fog rolled in that evening, the winds arose and the temperature dropped.
Arrival in Boston and flight home
We sailed onward through the fog and we loved it. The cold, bracing air on the Promenade deck allowed us to walk off another truly fine meal. We arrived in Boston and was whisked away by bus to the airport. We almost got bumped and got $500 each, but no such luck. Homeward bound.