20 days until Christmas celebrations in Bali begin!
18th July 2013
We caught the train out to Jean-Talon markets on the advice of a local that we sat next to at breakfast at a restaurant called ‘Vasco De Gama’ on Peel St. The markets had a really great selection of food, we were disappointed that we couldn’t taste test it all. They had a lot of local produce and it had a great community feel that we hadn’t experienced elsewhere. After looking extensively through the markets we walked around the suburb which was in Little Italy before catching the train back into town.
We spent the afternoon shopping and walking through the underground system of tunnels that the locals use to get around when the snow is too thick in winter. For dinner we went to Place des Arts to a restaurant called F Bar and we were able to watch some comedy shows from the restaurant.
17th July 2013
We woke up very early this morning specifically to watch the final state of origin game which was being played back in Australia! Luckily we were able to find a live stream to watch Queensland win their 8th straight series.
Around 9am we went around the corner and hired bikes to ride around the city for the day. They cost CAN$7 each for the 24hrs (plus a $250 deposit on hire). We then rode down to the old port and had breakfast at a restaurant down there, we had to keep stopping for drink breaks because it was SO HOT. After breakfast we walked through an air-conditioned market place to cool down and then walked a few blocks to do a tour through Notre Dame Basilica. It was very ornate and beautiful and many people were just sitting in the pews and gazing the ceiling to absorb all the detailing.
We rode back up to the hotel after lunch and made it home just before an enormous storm hit the city.