Week 47 - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Montreal - 07-08-2007
Heureux le quatre Juillet, et bonjour de Montréal, Québec.
Happy Fourth of July, and hello from Montreal, Quebec.
We left Massachusetts and headed to Maine. Maine is beautiful, as are
all the eastern states.
We spent Sunday in Kennebunkport, Maine. We looked for President Bush,
George Bush Senior, and Russian President Putin, who were all in town,
but we were limited in our search by the size of our motorhome. Note
the motorhome ahead of us. We are not the only ones crazy enough to
drive on these narrow streets.
After leaving Maine we headed to New Hampshire. We enjoyed the White
Mountains of New Hampshire. We saw a lot a Moose Crossing signs, but
no moose crossing.
We spent a couple nights camped here in New Hampshire.
Then we moved on to Vermont. It was nice to see some open land again.
We spent three nights in Vermont on Lake Champlain.
We spent the Fourth of July in the Beautiful City of Burlington, VT. It was just us and our 200,000 closest friends.
The fireworks shot from a barge on the lake were spectacular!
Crossing the border to Canada, was like entering a foreign country.
All language is in French, and measurements are metric. After some fast
calculations we realized the overpass (3,9 m)
was only 12 feet.
Not enough for our motorhome. But we went through it slowly and
realized they must allow for the build up of snow on the ground because
we fit. We quickly learned that arrêt
means stop, and sortie
means exit. We visited the islands of Montreal and Laval. The section
of Old Montreal has 3,500 residents but 40,000 come to work every day.
known for having the finest bicycle paths on the continent. And we have
to agree, they are large, smooth and extensive. However, we also
believe that "Quebec" is a French word for "very bad roads!".
Sunset from the Elixor Restaurant on the Island of Laval, Quebec.
Mount Royal cemetery where the fox trot through the grave sites.
Symbol of Expo '67, the sphere designed by visionary architect
Buckminster Fuller is located on St. Helen's Island. . The largest
building of its kind in the world, its structure reproduces more than
75% of a sphere.
The Notre-Dame Basilica and other beautiful old buildings of Montreal.
The bottom left picture is part of the "Underground City". There are
20 miles of underground walkways that connects you to the Metro Rail
and over 1700 shops and businesses. It keeps people warm in the harsh
winters and cool in the humid summers. Our weather while there was
perfect. We have been so blessed as we have only had two humid days on
On the left is the "cassaknow", the French pronunciation for
"casino". While rather odd looking in the daytime, it is lit up
with beautiful golden colors at night. It is too bad that by the time
things look great at night, we are in bed.
Next week we will travel on to Toronto and visit friends we met in
Carrabelle Beach, Florida.
Love, Pete and Ellen
Photos from Jul 2007