Montreal

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Post by Cynthia, Photos by Bobby

In Montreal, our first of the Quebec stops, we stayed at a KOA Kampground 15 minutes south of the city. KOA (through franchises) is the largest private campground in America. We hadn’t stayed at one before – they tend to be expensive. I have also heard the quality varies, but we liked the Montreal South KOA very much.

Also staying at the campground were a group of almost 30 Class A Motorhomes – the “big rigs” of RVs. They were all from the US as well and were about to embark on a two month tour of the Eastern Provinces in Canada, similar to our itinerary. We met several of these folks, jointly made a meal with our neighbors Debra and Alan, and even joined them for some card games.

Also, I finally got a chance to paint! Well, I painted a flower from a picture we took that looks like a third-grader without much artistic talent painted it, but that’s not the point. Although later I presented it as a welcome gift to my Mom when she came to visit and while she seemed appreciative, she didn’t take it home with her and insisted I keep it, so maybe there is a point there …

But I get ahead of myself. Montreal is beautiful. We went to old Montreal and ate lunch at a lovely Italian bistro, had some gelato and visited Notre Dame Cathedral. Apparently, all churches in Canada are named Notre Dame – they like Mary up here.

The Cathedral is the most glorious of the Notre Dames we’ve seen in Canada.

Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal

Upon its completion in the 1840s, Notre Dame was the largest church in North America, and remained so for over 50 years.

Our Lady with a halo

 

Stained Glass

I took a tour of the cathedral and learned that the stained glass windows were unique in that rather than depicting events from the bible, they told the story of Montreal’s founding.

 

Also, the pipe organ is huge, has over 7,000 pipes and multiple keyboards.  Yet, only one organist plays it at a time.  Apparently it’s quite an active role.

Pipe Organ

There were also some amazing sculptures.

 

 

Staircase and pulpit last used when an opera singer visited

 

Square outside the cathedral

We also traveled around, getting some sites of the park and some enchanting old residential neighborhoods before resting up at the campground for a bit.

Comments (5)

  • Frances Hahn June 28, 2018 at 11:06 am Reply

    lovely pictures as always
    Mom appreciated painting very much and enjoyed having it in the hotel room!!! But there is no more room to hang another painting at home.

    • Cynthia June 28, 2018 at 8:06 pm Reply

      Likely story 😉

  • DUTCH in Atlanta June 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm Reply

    KOA’s definitely range from good to awful. Speaking from experience. I like the Good Sam franchise MUCH better, and allowed our KOA membership to lapse. Good Sam gives a discount when you stay at one of their campgrounds, and receive a discount on gasoline or diesel from Pilot and Flying J Truckstops. There are also FAR more Good Sam affiliated campgrounds than KOA’s.

    • Cynthia June 28, 2018 at 8:05 pm Reply

      Thanks Dutch. We definitely don’t want to pay the KOA prices; we apparently came at a busy time though and had to resort to it. We also have GS, have stayed at a few, but good to know you’ve had a good experience with them. We’ve found we like to stay at federal, state or even municipal parks if available; the private campgrounds are when we need a specific place or have no other options. But we are about to start dry camping along the Trans Labrador Highway, so we’ll see how that goes!

  • Jennifer McKisic July 2, 2018 at 9:25 am Reply

    Oh my so beautiful!!! <3

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