Whoops. It’s been about two months since I updated ;) Was enjoying my time over at Quebec City (and my little side trip to Montreal, Toronto and New York!) over the past two months. Came back to Singapore on 24 August, and spent about 1 week resting to get over my jetlag! That part wasn’t fun.
Hearing singlish again was like a big “Welcome Home!!!” with banners and confetti, through it did feel a little strange for a while after listening to Quebecois-French for the last two months. I’m already missing the quiet and simple times in Quebec City. It was also the first time Stephen and I stayed together in the same house. Needless to say, we loved having a place of our own very much! :) Gonna miss the having him around for sure.
The side trip was much fun, seeing the different cultures, food, people, buildings… I would loved to have gone to more cities, but couldn’t due to limited time. It was I traveled solo – Stephen came with me to Montreal, then headed back for work while I continued to Toronto and NYC. Sometimes during the trip I wished for someone to share the experience and beautiful views with, but I loved the freedom! Here are a few highlights from the little trip :
Of all the churches we saw (Montreal and Quebec City has churches scattered everywhere!), Notre-dame Basilica of Montreal was the biggest and majestic of them all. We were lucky to go there when the organ was playing too :)
It was in Montreal where I had my first Beaver tail too!
Stephen was missing Chinese food, so we stopped by Chinatown and got ourselves some food at Restaurant Ethan. Apparently it’s only about 3 months old then, but they have some delicious Hong Kong style food there!
Xiao Long Bao, steamed pork and cabbage dumplings. I also had some soup noodles, which I forgot to take a photo of. Too busy eating ;P
And then it was off to Toronto by rail. I’m very glad I had my iphone with its inbuilt GPS, else I would have gotten lost 234808 times *grin* I simply loaded the city maps when I had internet access, and from there used the GPS to track where I was.
Casa Loma, former home to Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt. Beautiful rooms and garden. What I found fun and interesting is that this castle had many secret passages (see the two passages beside the fire place)! It also had a hidden tunnel that linked the Castle to the Barracks, stables, and the gardening shack.
Also took a trip down to Niagara falls :)
And the popular Canadian horseshoe falls. Went on the mist of the maiden boat trip (see that little boat there near the bottom?) that brings you close to the bottom of the falls, a must do if you visit the falls! You’ll get wet (photo thanks to Neeka who I met during the tour!), but it’s worth the experience.
And of course, St. Lawrence Food market! How can I pass something with food :p
Visited Steam Whistle Brewery for a tour on their Pilsner production…
And the CN Tower for views of the city. Unfortunately for me it was a cloudy day so the views weren’t that good :(
Lastly, visited the Royal Ontario Museum, which has an interesting train station. If you ever to visit the ROM, plan to spend 1 whole day. I went there in the afternoon, and it closed at 5pm so I had to needed to rush through many displays!
After this it was off to the big apple. Lemme strike that off my bucket list now :p (Which reminds me, items need some updating soon…) haha!
Visited a little of Brooklyn to see Manhattan bridge…
…and walk through the Brooklyn bridge!
Visited Jacques Torres at Brooklyn to have their Wicked Hot Chocolate. Yum.
Walked through the financial district and saw the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Hall Memorial… and to find the famous charging bull. I couldn’t get a shot of the bull without any tourist around (that poor bull), so er, yea here’s a shot :p
Passed by the construction of the One World Trade Center…
Sat on a cruise to have a view of the Statue of Liberty and to see the Manhattan skyline
Visited the Chelsea Market, which is air conditioned! I love food markets, I think you can tell by now. They have espressos, gelatos, meats, breads, bakeshops and a seafood place called The Lobster place. As you can see from the link, that shop was crowded. Crowded stalls = good eats. Yep, you can’t go wrong when you see people happily carrying WHOLE LOBSTERS on a plate, finding a space and tucking in. Unfortunately my stomach wasn’t feeling good that day, so I had a lobster roll. Needless to say, if I ever go back there, I’ll definitely visit lobster place again!
Visited Grand Central Terminal at rush hour.
The setting sun across the horizon :)
And the night lights from above!
…Would love to go back again, especially to Toronto and New York, because there are places I’ve yet to explore :) My full album of pictures are over here at Flickr, if you are keen on checking it out. I was alternating between the iPhone and Canon S90 for my photos, because the S90 annoyed me sometimes (overexposure of artificial lights which I mentioned before). Should be upgrading my camera pretty soon, got my eyes on the new Canon EOS-M!
After returning home, I’m itching for the next trip. Just got through the first week of reality (also known as work), but am already looking forward to next year for my new travel plans ;)!