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Canada 2016 - Quebec & Ontario

                            Aug 27 Amsterdam - Montreal
                            Aug 30 Montreal - Quebec City by train
                            Sep 01 Quebec City - Dorval (Montreal Airport) by train, from here on by rental car, to Ottawa
                            Sep 03 Ottawa - Kingston
                            Sep 04 Kingston - Oshawa
                            Sep 06 day trip to Toronto
                            Sep 07 Oshawa - Hamilton - Niagara Falls
                            Sep 08 Niagara Falls - Mississauga
                            Sep 09 day trip to St.Jacobs, Heidelberg and the Kissing Bridge
                            Sep 10 Mississauga - Toronto Airport, flight Toronto - Montreal
                            Sep 10 Montreal - Amsterdam, arriving Sunday the 11th

Arriving at Montreal airport

Waking up with kitty cat of our Airbnb host in a suitcase

The small apartment in Montreal

Ready for exploring Montreal

Old Dutch for young Chinese

The mirror makes us look slimmer...

Chinese Catholic Mission Holy Spirit Church

The Chinese sign means "Love".

Dumplings for lunch in Chinatown.
(1082 Boul St-Laurent)

Since the mid- to late-1990s, the Chinese Communist Party and public security
organizations increasingly viewed Falun Gong as a potential threat due
to its size, independence from the state, and spiritual teachings.
In other countries members are looking for support.

Canada is a safe country, but sometimes like Holland...

Place d'Armes and Notre-Dame Basilica.

The Saint Lawrence River

Montreal Old Town

French street names

We saw many homeless people.

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Waiting at the entrance just before 10AM

Virgin and Child in Majesty with God the Father,
the Holy Ghost and Angels, by Giovanni del Biondi

One of the museum buildings on the other side of the road, all connected by tunnels.

Potrait of Odilia van Wassenaar (1655-1660)
by the Dutch-Frisian painter Abraham van den Tempel

Late lunch in Rue Crescent near the museum.

McGill University

An English-language public research university.
Founded in 1821.

The University bears the name of James McGill, a prominent
Montreal merchant from Scotland whose bequest in 1813
formed the university's precursor, McGill College.

Mount Royal is a volcanic-related hill in the city of Montreal, immediately west of downtown

Back in Chinatown for dinner at restaurant KanBai. Large portions...

Place des Arts

August 30th.
Train from Montreal to Quebec City, 8.43 - 12.06

Arriving in Quebec City

The owner of the house (1916) is stage designer and illustrator.

Every time something to discover in the interior.

Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Designed by American architect Bruce Price,
as one of a series of "château" style hotels built for the Canadian
Pacific Railway company during the late 19th and early 20th

Opened in 1893. Named after Louis de Buade,
Count of Frontenac, who was governor of the colony of New France
from 1672 to 1682 and 1689 to 1698.

Our address in Quebec

Changing of the guard at the Citadel

The Citadelle of Quebec is an active military installation
and official residence of both the Canadian monarch and
the Governor General of Canada.

Batisse the Goat is the regimental mascot.

A lovely area known as Terrasse Dufferin.

Lunch in the lower part of Old Town:
Quebec style breakfast from Buffet de l'Antiquaire.

Private performance by Betty Boop during our last evening in Quebec

Back at Gare du Palais
for the train to Montreal Airport (Dorval) 8.05 - 12.07

At Montreal Airport we pick up our rental car for the next 9 days.

The house by Airbnb in Ottawa

Interesting what other people have in their fridge...

Like in Montreal they also have two sweet kitty cats in Ottawa.

Dinner by a very good cook :-)

An evening in the nearby Ottawa Chinatown

I did not know Wei had a noodle house over here...

Checking the restaurants for tomorrow

The next day, a wonderful blue sky to explore the capital city of Canada.

Parliament Hill

The Rideau Canal, 202km, connects Ottawa on the Ottawa River
to the city of Kingston on Lake Ontario.
The canal work started in 1826, and it took six years to complete by 1832.

Falafel and chicken for lunch.

At the historical ByWard Market.

Our first time with an amphibious bus.

Cruising the Ottawa river

The Rideau Canal & Hotel Chateau Laurier.

Leaving the water.
Actually, during the tour the bus was most of the
time on the road giving us a city tour.

The area where we stayed in Ottawa.

Dinner in Chinatown with fish.
(Jadeland Restaurant)

Goodmorning and goodbye kitty cat

Lunch at Walmart in Kingston

Fort Henry is located in Kingston on a strategic elevated
point near the mouth of the Cataraqui River where it flows into the
St. Lawrence River.

The original fort was replaced by a much larger construction in the
1830s to maintain protection of the naval dockyard and protect the
southern entrance to the Rideau Canal.

Uniformed military interpreters known as the Fort Henry Guard staff the
fort and conduct demonstrations of British military life and tours for

Other activities and demonstrations include historical reenactments
of drills and battle tactics, the Garrison Parade and the Victorian School Room.
We especially liked the last one, which was very funny!

We liked the fort very much and enjoyed another sunny day.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, 1959

End-of Day Ceremonial Gun and flag lowering

2016 Jeep Cheroke, not bad...

Relaxing in the shade.

We considered buying a house in Kingston.

Loving Kingston

The right building is where we had dinner:
Apsara Angkor Cuisine

Additional we shared a plate with fried noodles and vegetables.

Brand new house near Kingston where we stayed using Airbnb.com

On Sunday 4 and Monday 5 September (Labour Day) we stayed with our family in Oshawa.
Pictures of that visit or elsewhere on the website.

On Tuesday the 6th we did a day trip to Toronto by train.

The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high concrete communications
and observation tower in downtown Toronto.
Till 2009 the highest in the world.

We spent most of the day in Chinatown...

Located along Spadina and several side streets.

Great sichuan style lunch in Dumpling & More

Selecting a desert

Mango smoothie!

Also some Vietnamese restaurants.

Buying cheap T-shirts and pyjama's...

City life

The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team competing in
the Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League
(AL) East division. The team plays its home games at the Rogers Centre.

Glenn Gould (25 September 1932 - 4 October 1982)

was a Canadian pianist who
became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the
20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard
music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

He was highly concerned about his health throughout his life, worrying about
everything to the safety of his hands. Gould rarely shook hands with anyone
and usually wore gloves.

On September 27, 1982, just two days after his 50th birthday, after experiencing
a severe headache, Gould suffered a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his
body. He was admitted to Toronto General Hospital and his condition rapidly
deteriorated. By October 4, there was evidence of brain damage, and Gould's
father decided that his son should be taken off life support.

He is buried next to his parents in Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery
(section 38, Row 1088, Plot 1050). The first few bars of the Goldberg
Variations are carved on his marker.

Don´t miss any opportunity to watch a documentary about him.
HE was a remarkable man.

We had to visit Hamilton because Beijing-roommate and friend JL studied over here.

Lunch in Hamilton, again Chinese food...

Tea break on the way to Niagara to send a birthday message to brother-in-law Kris.

(read the car plate)

Lake Ontario
(She can not swim)

Hostel in Niagara.

The Rainbow Bridge connecting Canada with America.

American Niagara Fall

On the right the Canadian Horseshoe Waterfall

Hornblower, voyage to the Falls.

Tim Hortons Niagara, for a small dinner.
We ordered our favorites again.

Niagara Falls is home to Clifton Hill's Street of Fun.
Almost like a small version of Las Vegas.

The lights at 20.30 were a little bit disappointing.

Beach walk in...

...Port Dalhousie

And lunch at Tim Hortons - again.

Arriving in Mississauga, near Toronto, where JL lives.

Dinner with JL in a Sichuan restaurant.
Meeting finally after 4 years since she left Beijing.

The girls want some really spicy food, hot!!!

Friday September the 9th we start a day tour in St.Jacobs.

Menno Simons (1496 - 1561) was an Anabaptist religious leader from the Friesland
region of the Low Countries. Simons was a contemporary of the Protestant Reformers
and his followers became known as Mennonites.

The first Mennonites in Canada arrived in the late 18th century, settling
initially in Southern Ontario. Today, almost 200,000 Mennonites call Canada home.

The Ontario region of Waterloo hosts the largest population of Old Order
Mennonites in Canada, with St Jacobs, Elmira and Breslau home to most of them.

These Dutch protestants met to solidify their beliefs and formed a new Christian
order during the time of the Protestant Reformation. Facing persecution by Spanish
Catholics, German Lutherans and even Dutch Reformed churches, many of the new
Mennonite adherents fled to the New World, with most of these settling in
Pennsylvania. By the late 18th Century groups of Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonites had
migrated north to the rich and isolated farmlands of southwestern Ontario.
Today their descendants still live and farm much as their forefathers did three
hundred years ago!

The Old Order Mennonites of Canada are most recognizable for their black horse
and buggies on the highways. Mennonite farms grow a lot of organic produce.

Maple syrup museum

Our next stop is in Heidelberg.

For lunch.

Pig tail and smoked pork hock for the girls and a schnitzel for me.

Kissing bridge in West-Montrose, 1881.

Small dinner along the 403, almost back in Mississauga.

Oceans Fresh Food Market.
Moon cakes for the Mid Autumn Festival.

September the 10th, waiting at the gate of Toronto Airport
for our flight to Montreal

Maple cream cookies from our last Canadian dollars at Montreal Airport.
And maple syrup from Oceans in Mississauga.

KLM for the very short night flight back to Amsterdam

Back home

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