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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Quebec! Oi?

Um, are we still in North America? Why is everyone speaking French? Why are all the signs in French? I dont understand!!!!!

So, the last time that you heard from us, we had a LONG journey to Quebec. We eventually got to Brome where Grant and Wanda live. Brome is about a 1.5 hour drive from Centreville Montreal (which means Downtown Montreal - I am almost fluent in French after being in Quebec for four days). It was an EXHAUSTING trip! And, we have been travelling for a while now so we have gotten tired. And, we are now old (face it, Bruno).

Every opportunity is used to rest! Lol! Nah, we had walked up a massive mountain (well, a hill) immediately prior to this.
Brome is a beautiful township. Grant and Wanda (and Hannah) have lived there for a few years since they moved from Melbourne. They live in a cool house that they have renovated themselves. Its in a beautiful semi-rural setting.

Grant and Wanda drove us to Quebec City. It was a 3 hour drive. If we thought that Montreal Downtown was French - Quebec City is even more French.

We tried Frozen Maple. When in France, do as the French (I mean, when in Quebec, do as the Quebecoise do). 

It felt like we were in the middle of Europe. Can you see why?

I came to Quebec City in 2001 and I didnt quite remember much about town. But, I remember this view. It was as spectacular as I remember it.
Quebec City is spectacular. Its on a river (sorry, I cant remember which one).

One of the most spectacular buildings in town is Chateau Frontenac (or as Australians might say Chateau Front-and-back).
Another building that is under construction!!!
Its visible from almost everywhere. It was such a beautiful day.
Hannah loves grass. She is super-cute, even though she hates me. Long story.
Yay! Someone took a nice photo of us! 
Even though Hannah hates me, she loved Kylie. One out of two isnt bad. 

How difficult would it be to just take a step back so that the top of Grants head isnt cut off? Cmon peeps - how difficult is it to take a properly proportioned photo?
Poutin - its a famous dish from Quebec.
My dinner. Just delicious!
Europe? Nope, Canada!
After the meeting in Cowamnville English

Hannah gets to see the chickens everyday.

Grant made a fire in the backyard. It was awesome!
I think we are starting to see a pattern. I think it had more to do with overeating at lunch rather than being tired.
We farewelled Grant, Wanda and Hannah and went into town to visit relatives in Montreal. We travelled by train and bus (accompanied by French speaking bus drivers that were SUPER friendly). These relatives are from dads side and some of the family have the SAME surname as me.

We arrived in town early so we did some touristy things while we had some time. Here is a sampling of photos from the day.
We asked a local about this beautiful building that lay desolate. It was enormous. The lady we stopped and asked said that contamination had been found and work stopped about 15 years ago and hasnt moved since. It could become as beautiful as Chateau Frontenac.
Old Montreal is just beautiful. Its very European. The roads are cobblestone.
Selfie of the day

Awesome shot. Thanks American Lady
Travelling on the metro with all our luggage. Not the funnest (is that even a word?) thing to do.
Eventually, we arrived. Hot, Smelly and Sweaty! A day that started quite cool (temperaturewise) ended up 30plus degrees. We are staying with Rosa and Pino. It was great to catch up with Rosa, Pino, Fabrizio again and to meet Liliana. We went to the meeting that night and this is the picture taken at the meeting. It was the first time EVER I have been to the meeting and when Bro. Bertucci was picked to give a comment - it was not me!!!

At the meeting we met up with Paul, Lisa and Olivia and Lucio Bertucci
 After the meeting, we came home for coffee and ....... Tim Hortons!
Any wonder why the scales are not my friend at the moment?
We had 12 years to catch up on them. The last time I saw these guys was in 2001 just before I went to New York.
Today has been a restful day. Our awesome hosts woke up (after a 2am chat session) and said "So, what do you want to do today?" Um, relax? How does that sound? Lol! We have been hanging out with Liliana, Rosa and Fabrizio watching You Tube, playing games and having an awesome (and relaxing) day. Just what we needed.

We have uploaded some videos. These are just random selections of things we have done along the way.


  1. I know you love comments so I thought I would leave you one. Great post - a few photos I wouldn't approve of being posted, but I forgive you. The videos are so embarrassing!! Lol

  2. guys! we are missing you already - hannah might have acted like she hated you bruno but she has said "brew-go?" a few times since you've been gone so under that hard exterior she really did like you. and she is missing "ky-ee" too!
    loved having you guys stay with us, thanks for making the long bus ride here - we had a great weekend. hopefully get to see you again someday soon hey?
    enjoy the rest of the trip and looking forward to the blogs from 'out west'.
    hugs from the dickies
    p.s for those following who know wanda, the photos of her may have you wondering so just to confirm that yes she is 3-4 months into expecting #2 :o)

  3. Great pics ad fab videos - I LOVE short videos!!!!

  4. More great pics - I soooo want to know what camera you have BB, it takes great shots! - Liz P

  5. So that is what the Dickie's house looks like when it isn't encrusted with snow and ice... Great to see you are having such a good time and getting a little rest along the way. Its been a frenetic pace. Isn't Quebec beautiful! And the food.... Also very excited to see that Hanna is going to have a little friend. Congratulations G n W.


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