Coin-Douglas – Canada

September 11, 2010

I wasn’t sure what to do next.

I could spend another night in Quebec seeing sights, or I could get back on the road … back to Montreal, then New England, then down to Washington D.C., where I will be visiting my friends, Steve and Diane.

I was standing there in the motel room, struggling whether or not to check out of the motel.

I was thinking so hard that the smoke alarm went off.

Okay, I don’t know if that’s why, but I wasn’t creating smoke any other manner, and the smoke alarm really did go off!

It scared me. It confused Kettle. But at least it helped me make my decision.

The motel deactivated the alarm, and a few minutes later two maintenance woman (the maids) came and looked at the smoke alarm and said things to each other in French that I did not understand. But clearly they needed more time to figure it out. Then one of them looked at my half-packed bags and asked hopefully, “Quittez-vous?”

Are you leaving?

Oui, je quitte.

Leaving worked out well because one the “top ten” things to do in Quebec is to drive along the Chemin du Roy (“King’s Road”), the historic road along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, connecting Quebec City and Montreal. And I just happened to be going that way.

The river was too wide to walk across any bridges, but we did have a nice lunch at a picturesque roadside restaurant. I had a piece of duck on a bed of greens, with a yummy sweet & sour chutney, plus some soup which I photographed for you.

Back in Montreal, we walked up to the top of Mont Royal (a park on a hill), then went downtown for a quick crepe, then drove south for half an hour and stayed at a motel in Coin-Douglas.

We were now 15 miles from the border with the United States of America.

Bonne nuit, Canada.

Sightseeing

Multi-tasking

Lunch break

Soupe

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