Now it’s time to hit the road for real, since Saint Jean Port Joli where I stopped for an already late lunch is only about an hour outside of Quebec City and I have to make it to my friend Dani’s in Hampstead tonight. I’ve already emailed ahead saying not to hold dinner and bought some treats since I know I’ll be gett [...]
Finally, I’m was on the road and it was much later than I would have liked. I was finally feeling like I was on a road trip and excited about all my planned stops and I wanted to keep moving until I reached them.
Unfortunately, I hadn’t filled up on gas in quite some time and I had also had a lot of coffee and water at breakfast. [...]
Quebec City is beautiful and romantic in the winter, even if you are alone. I love wandering through on a warm summer day. But for me, winter is the time to visit Quebec City. The Old City especially feels designed for snow, and takes on a special kind of intimacy and warmth when it gets cold.
I always find myself drawn to the Old City and h [...]
I got a lot of recommendations, many from my sponsor Tourisme Québec, about places to see and eat while driving from Toronto through Quebec and into New Brunswick on #LexGoFurther – A Ford Escape. More than I could use in one trip, but I though it might be helpful for other people doing the same drive, and for me on future road trips e [...]
My plan as I headed out onto the road for the first big chunk of this road trip was to take it slow and steady.
What was in passenger seat for the trip.
I’d never driven this distance by myself before, I’d always had someone to spell me off, and I’d never driven this long alone ever. Plus, this was February. You never know [...]
Wow, I am so impressed with Tourism Quebec!
On Sunday I wrote both Tourism Quebec via Facebook asking if they had any info I could use on the #LexGoFurther road trip. Events, festivals, attractions, food, the like.
Here’s what I sent
I’m driving into and through Quebec as part of a Ford Canada sponsored Road Trip.
I thought [...]
This is from a wonderful Sunday I spent driving though Quebec with Gerry O specifically to go to La Binerie (beanery) in Kazabazua.
La Binerie has been making sand baked beans is the same way for generations… with a new little Haitian twist courtesy of marriage.
The bean pots are filled with beans to be baked, topped with parchment pap [...]
Jumping on the 9pm bus Thursday night gets you out of the Windsor-Quebec City corridor before Via Rail and the 401 are shut down for the National Day of Action.
Fresh croissant for breakfast in Montreal.
The ability to stretch our legs in Kingston, Montreal, St. Foy, Rivière-du-Loup, Edmundston, Fredericton before arriving in Saint John. He [...]
Yup, we ran away to Montreal from April 14-19th, 2005.
Lots of time meditating, researching Montreal restaurants for cheapeats, hanging out with cousin Sam. Beer, cheese and new hosteling friends were the theme of the trip…
To read the trip in some semblance of order (since blogs read in reverse chronological order – try clicking [...]
Yes, finally, the last full day in Montreal and Gerry found the perfect pashmina for Lexa… how spoiled am I? (Wait! Please don’t answer that!)
There we were, wandering the streets of Montreal, when we came upon a shop filled with wonderful fabric, and The Pashmina!!!Now, while you might think I am napping, I am really just bored [...]
Today we found St. Laurent Boulevard… only a block or two the other direction… and much more our style than St. Denis. Which, while lovely is a little too trendy (read pricey) for complete relaxation. St. Laurent however is filled with food shops… just our speed.
As we walked along the street we had to stop and s [...]
After significant arm-twisting, nagging and pleading, Sam allowed as how we could come over for dinner Saturday night. She’d even let us cook. So Gerry planned a baked pasta featuring sausages, peppers and beans… oh so very tasty! I spent the morning working at Cafe Java U on St.Denis where they had wireless. (30 minutes free fo [...]
We arrange to meet with Sam, after work, at Place des Arts at 7pm. She’ll jump on the bus, we’ll jump on the metro and it’s just 2 stops away from Berri-UQAM. ”No problem” I say confidently, “I know Place des Arts”, and I do… however I took us to Place d’Armes. instead. Even though Sam [...]
Gerry is in heaven – Atwater Market Heaven. So many cheese shops, so little time. Cheeses, beers, cute cheese girls, free samples to charming anglo-men with sparkling blue eyes, how could he not love it?
Gerry & The Cute Cheese Girl – Gerry’s New Favourite Cheese Shop.
These were full before Gerry arrived and start [...]
Up and out and looking for WIFI… I found a great breakfast, and WIFI… but not where I said I’d meet Ger. So I sat and photograbbed.
Tucked in between St. Denis and St. Laurent, Rachel and Duluth, on rue Henri-Julien, chez Jean was filled with fascinating people from Mexico, France, Burlington, and Maine. (though the Maine boys were up for the lowered drinking age)
For 3 days we stayed on the middle of the middle floor, in a private room with no windows… the “ [...]