Oh, Canada! (Day 3)

May 6

Montreal Sail Away

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[Well, the trip was for a cruise, after all.  But first we had to awake from our Airbnb loft.  I awoke first, as always, and shortly thereafter I found my spot usurped by Reetz as the sisters enjoyed some final shut eye together.  Aren’t they cute?]

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[Reetz’s abandoned bed.]

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[We schlepped our luggage down the 57 steps, and walked the 3 – 4 blocks to dock Alexandra where we were to pick up a shuttle ride to where we would actually be boarding the ship.  As fate would have it, no sooner did we begin our hike than the heavens opened up again.  Fortunately when we arrived at Alexandra a shuttle was waiting.  We arrived at the ship waaaaay too early – it was still belatedly unloading passengers from the inbound cruise.  We joined other waiting-to-board passengers in a large tent waiting area and tried to recover from our latest drenching.  We chatted with native Canadians who had to marvel how we Americans endure our bizarre health care system.  You just have to consider it all part of the grand adventure.]

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[Hey, we made it!   We’re now on the good ship Veendam.]

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[From our room . . . ]

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[And our room!  Our travel agent, the HQ, had advised us shortly before the trip began that we could do an upgrade.  Because we were three again, the offer was reasonable and readily accepted.  But now we will be forever spoiled!  The room had two phones, for Pete’s sake.]

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[The girls even had a makeup room . . .]

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[And a bar and fridge and fruit and goodies and champagne . . . ]

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[And mirrored walls made the place seem even bigger . . . ]

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[Let’s see how the trip is doing . . . ]

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[This was our private balcony . . . ]

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[Not too shabby . . . ]

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[And a passing view from the balcony . . . ]

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[Back in the comfort of our suite, a word that really didn’t do the place justice!]

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[The loo . . . ]

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[You could see yourself from every angle in the makeup room – uffda!]

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[And these last two in-room photos are by the server . . . ]

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[If you go back to the ship schematics above, we were in room 022 on Deck 10, the Navigation Deck.  Maybe it was all this that inspired us to post the previous posting to this one?]

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[Good-bye Olympic Park . . . ]

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[The ship chaperones . . . ]

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[Our neighbors are leaning out enjoying their champagne.  Then we never saw them again?]

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[Good-bye, tugs!]

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[Good-bye, Mount Royal.]

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[Big port!]

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[Bigger port!]

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[Good-bye, Montreal!]

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[Hello, Neptune Lounge!  Again, revisting the ship’s schematics, you will note that this lounge was across the hall from our suite . . . and available only to passengers in such suites (something about “unwashed masses” – just kidding!).]

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[Food, beverage, library, TV, and spirits on the honor system.]

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[The ominous skies continue – and remained with us the whole trip.]

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[Our lovely patio – this was the only time the entire trip the weather permitted us such use.]

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[Finally, moving away from urbanity . . . ]

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[Heading to Quebec . . . ]

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[When we noticed this almost alive sandbar . . . ]

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[Smothered in water fowl . . . ]

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[I don’t recall why, but no fine dining photos to end the day?]

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In Montreal spring is like an autopsy.  Everyone wants to see the inside of the frozen mammoth.  Girls rip off their sleeves and the flesh is sweet and white, like wood under green bark.  From the streets a sexual manifesto rises like an inflating tire, “the winter has not killed us again!”  ~  Leonard Cohen

Up Next:  Softball sections.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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3 Responses to Oh, Canada! (Day 3)

  1. ruthao1945 says:

    I loved our suite and the special treatment it brought.

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