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We bought a
It was an easy drive this morning into
The good news was that it was a National holiday today so traffic was low. The bad news is that nearly all of the stores were closed today and the energy of the city was lesser than I’m sure it would be on a normal weekday.
We found the people of
Although we saved funds by lunching at Subway, we found a delightful, afternoon, alfresco bistro for cappuccino, desserts, and herbal tea.
The metro, while a bit scruffy, was very easy to use and efficient. We bought a 6-ticket pack for $13.25. Lia (under 12) was free today for the holiday. So that was good for all 3 of the rest of us for a return trip. We were glad afterward that we did not buy the $7 pp all-day pass, as we'd not have used it. We see so much just by walking with a map and sometimes getting lost.
Did you know that
Today we saw the beautiful old cathedrals, the delightful architecture of old town with cobblestone streets, fun
We really liked
We did fine leaving the Metro Station. We figured out in advance that you have to go to a little building to pay for your parking (using a machine) to validate your parking stub (which you got when you came into the lot).
But then we made a big mistake and turned Ciao the wrong way - TA-DA!! We were on the enormous bridge, in the rain, driving smack into the Ile de Montreal! ACCKK! The bridge is about 2 miles long, technically at least 2 bridges and it was NOT part of my easy plan back to the campground!
But we managed to get turned around eventually and back over the bridge. Thank goodness it wasn’t rush hour on a working day!
The Alouette Campground is the closest campground to
One nice year-round resident couple stopped to talk last night after seeing our TX license plate. There are several
The office staff at the campground are very nice too. The RV’s are rather sandwiched in beside each other, but we’re not complaining with our full hookup and mosquito free field for $39 a night. We could have gotten just a Water/Electric site for $37, but it was “in the woods” which I equate with “mosquitoes,” but it did looked more peaceful and scenic than the field we are lined up in now.
There is a very big RV repair shop directly beside the campground, an RV pressure wash area that takes “loonies and toonies” ($1 and $2 Canadian coins), laundry machines, hot showers that require a quarter every minute, and a little campground store that seemed well stocked.
The reason we drove in to park at the Metro today is that the Grey Line shuttle to and from the campground to the Grey Line Tours kiosk in downtown
Most of the people here have tow vehicles as their rigs are the largest ever, so they must bring a toad.
Although I really like this campground, if I had known we’d be driving Ciao to the Metro Parking lot, then I might have decided to overnight in a local Walmart. After all, we could play all day in
Given we saw no “No Overnight” signs at the metro and the $7 was good for 24 hours, we probably could have quietly overnighted there. We only used one parking space at the Metro station because we could back up to a grass median. The parking lots were huge and the only person we saw was a lady in the little building where we paid the machine for our parking. I would definitely attempt this.
But the pool at this campground was fun for the kids this afternoon- it just opened today.
And we did get propane right here in the campground, our first time on this trip. We’ll get all powered up and ready tonight for our boondocking in
Quebecois residents at the campground do not have the same initial friendly behaviors that we Southerners use to judge friendliness- such as waving back, answering a greeting, etc.
I am really proud of us getting through the 3 cities that frightened me:
Jazy’s holding a drawing contest and promising s’mores to all participants (just local Ciao members), so apparently I must go submit my drawing to earn dessert tonight!