Tagged: Canada

Another picture from our 2004 trip to Nova Scotia.

In March 2004, Jim had a meeting to attend in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was lucky enough to be able to tag along and we turned the trip into a mini-vacation. I captured this image just after our take off from Halifax.

An older picture of the painted bus we saw walking back from dinner.

We’ve been to Montreal enough we stay at a regular place, the excellent Auberge de La Fontaine, and we have what I’d guess you’d call a routine (yeah, routine, boring) after the six hour drive to the city from Portland:

We change, freshen up, whatever you want to call it; the Auberge is in The Plateau neighborhood, and it’s across Rue Rachel from Parc La Fontaine, so we stretch our legs, clear our heads and start to relax with a walk though the park or through the neighborhood; and we get something to eat.

This picture was taken on the walk back through The Plateau’s grid (streets) after eating at Pizzedelic on Avenue du Mont-Royal.

This is an older picture from when we went to Montreal in the summer (of all things! we’ve normally visited in the winter or in the often wet fall), and we biked around the city.

The city’s infrastructure for bicycling and bicyclists is excellent! Bike lanes follow major commuting roads on the city grid, but for safety reasons, and for traffic (bikes are, um, slower than automobiles) the bike lanes are physically separated from that part of the road used by cars. Other urban areas, Portland included, should really follow Montreal’s example!

Velo Quebec has a lot of great information on bicycling in the area.

This picture was taken after we’d biked up from the Auberge de La Fontaine, where we were staying, to Jardin botanique de Montreal. It was hot that day, but not too humid, and the sky and the light were amazing.