My dad was born 78 years ago in Grand Forks, North Dakota. This is the earliest picture we have of him.
He was the third son in a family that would grow eventually to have 8 children. He joined the Navy when he turned 18 and was transferred to Hawaii. He met my mom and they married.
In 1955, I was suppose to be my dad's birthday present but I arrived a day late.
This is a special birthday wish That comes with love to you It brings warm and heartfelt thanks For all the thoughtful things you do-- It also comes to let you know You mean more to me each day To everyone your life has touched In such a loving way.
We drove to La Banquise to try Quebec's fast food special...Poutine. It has become a national Canadian staple and served everywhere including Mikey D's.
What is Poutine? It is thick cut french fries, fresh cheese curds, all topped with a brown gravy. There are other ingredients you can add to it...like the one I ordered above...with ground hamburger and onions. It was very delicious...the cheese curds were great...it makes the dish. If it were prepared with melted cheese the dish would not be as tasty.
Scott ordered his with sliced hot dogs...he said he would rather have it with chili instead of gravy...but then again he is not a gravy type of guy!
My adventurous girl ordered her's Mexican style (well that would be Canadian Mexican Style) with hot peppers, tomatoes and olives. If it was true Mexican...there would be jalapenos on that puppy not red and yellow bell peppers! All in all I would eat it again...but only once a year would be enough!
It was interesting to note that we couldn't order beer to drink in the outside patio area only on the inside of the restaurant.
July 1st is National Canadian Day in Canada...
This was the only person we saw proud of his country...later we found out that even though it is a National Holiday...French Quebec is not big on celebrating cause it's an "English" holiday. Brea said people in Vancouver, British Columbia go nuts on July 1st with true patriotism...every body is sporting the red maple leaf. While here its not such a big deal and they do enjoy a day of from work.
Another interesting note is July 1st in Quebec is also National Moving Day...all leases expire on this date and everyone is moving in or out of places. While eating our poutine...several men walked right through the patio carrying a huge wooden couch...it was not going to fit through the door so they all lifted it over the door. Driving through town there were piles of furniture on the street from people moving or just trashing their furniture and not taking with them.
We drove to the highest point in Montreal...Mont Royal. A great view of the city.
We hiked up to see the Croix du Mont Royal...that's cross in english. Legend has it that the founder of Montreal, de Maisonneuve erected a wooden cross here in 1643 after the young colony survived a flood threat. The present cross was installed in 1924 and it illuminated at night. It can be seen from all points of Montreal.
We walked back to our car and people were feeding the raccoons. They are cute but don't people know that raccoons are one of the dirtiest animals around. They carry lots of diseases...like rabies and roundworm. Yikes!
Does anyone know what this sign means? I saw it and have no clue...does it mean that anyone with the name "Jacob" or "Team Jacob" doesn't have to break!?! Must be a Canadian thing.
Brea and I ventured into Old Montreal with our good friends...the Mizes. Here I am with Bonnie and Patrick in front of the Basilica. The Mizes and the Simpsons have traveled many miles and have had many adventurous sightseeing expeditions together over the last 25 years.
The Basilique was designed in 1824 by an Irish American Protestant from New York named James O'Donnell.
He was so moved by his creation, upon it's completion O'Donnell converted to Catholicism and is the only person buried in this Basilique.
There were candles everywhere and in different colors...
The lighting at the altar is just breathtaking...
There is a evening light and sound show...we'll have to go next time.
While admiring the inside of the Basilica...the weather had change to a cool, rainy day...we walked down to the Pointe-a-Calliere...the Museum of Archeology and History which is built on the very site of the original colony of Montreal.
While inside the museum...the weather changed again into a warmer sunny day...here is Brea whispering secrets to the Easter Island Statue. There was a special exhibit in the museum about Easter Island and how these statues were made.
Brea and the Nemo Sightseeing bus...
A view from the Vieux-Port...
While walking around we saw our first Starbucks and had to partake of one in Montreal!