All of this remembering our 1981 Canada trip has me thinking about taking a similar trip in the future. We could, in theory, at least, fly into Toronto, then take the train to Montreal and Quebec City. We could rent a car and explore some of the areas to the east of Quebec City or, if I don’t want to rent a car (I suspect I’ll have had enough of that after our Salt Lake City/Yellowstone/Dinosaur National Monument trip to last me a while), we might be able to take a side trip to either Halifax or Ottawa (but not both).
As I recall, we spent most of our time in Montreal in the Old City area. We stayed at a hotel in the suburbs and took the Metro into the city. It saved us a bundle, but wasted quite a bit of time. I think Montreal was where we went in search of beignets, but since this was in the days before everyone had access to the Internet, we never did find any.
I also bought a French-language Wonder Woman comic book compilation while I was in Montreal. I planned to learn French someday and figured that the comic book would give me some incentive. Since then, I have made two attempts at learning French and was interrupted by tragedy both times (I think it was cancer the first time and my divorce the second). So I gave up. I will still learn it someday, but not until I’ve become close to proficient in all of the other languages, and I do mean all of them — Hindi, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Lithuanian, Igbo, Korean, Vietnamese . . . .
While looking for pictures of the frescoes and wood in Notre Dame referenced in Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, I found some surprisingly lovely pictures of Notre Dame that showed it full of color and gorgeous carved wood. Score one for Brown, I guess. This surprised the heck out of me. Then I noticed the caption — Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal. So if you want to visit the version of Notre Dame that exists in Brown’s imagination, you’ll have to go to Montreal to do so.
Since we didn’t do anything in Toronto, I guess that next we’re on to our 1982 trip to Florida. If I recall correctly, it was more days of hanging around the house (I seem to recall doing a lot of reading and we saw Poltergeist). We also went to EPCOT during that trip, so that’s probably what I will focus on next.
I wish I could find pictures of our 1981 and 1982 trips. I also wish I could remember where, if anywhere, we went in 1983 through 1986.