Je me souviens que né sous le lys, je croîs sous la rose – I remember that born under the lily, I grow under the rose (Quebec’s motto)
The arrival in Montreal was perfect ! After seeing beautiful landscapes from the plane, we passed through customs without any problem and took only 2 hours to re-build the Pino which had handled the plane very well (woohoo !). Our first kilometres in Canada were cycled under the sun, on a beautiful little cycle path along the St Lawrence river and the Lachine canal up to the city centre.
After only 30kms, we stopped and dismantled the Pino once again to put it in Marie’s flat (my cousin’s girlfriend). We then spent the following week with Marie and Kevin.
The next day, Kevin brought us to his place in Quebec city where we spent 3 days. There, we had the privilege of celebrating the St Jean (Quebec’s national day on June the 24th), walking around the old city, seeing the Montmorency falls, watching an improv comedy battle, spending a day in the Jacques Cartier national park, and fry some sausages on a communal bbq. During the weekend, we also met Valentin, a friend of Kevin and Marie, who stayed in Quebec with us. We made a good team 🙂
The Montmorency falls were particularly nice : a very calm, beautiful and pleasant park surrounding the falls, not too many tourists and very impressive falls (83m high, or 30m more than the Niagara falls).
We went back to Montreal fro 2 days only : we spent one day visiting the city (Mont-royal park, the old harbour, the old town, etc.) and one day finishing preparations before actually leaving on our bike 😉
Between the poutine (Quebec’s famous dish based on fries, cheese, sauce and meat), the frenglish language (as two Frenchmen who spent years in London, we can understand and speak this mixed language quite well), the beautiful landscapes and the beer : we really feel great in Quebec !
Tomorrow morning we’re putting the tandem back together and we leave Quebec to start exploring Ontario !
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