Monday, July 15, 2013

First Train Ride

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Samuel was very excited to go on a train. He knew many Thomas the Train stories and had a large train track in his room. He and his family were off to Quebec City to celebrate Uncle Craig’s 40th birthday. His Papa got the closest parking spot to the Ottawa Train Station main entrance. No waiting in a lineup – the Bowman boys and family were led right to the front of the line. Soon Sam and David were boarding the VIA train.

Everyone enjoyed the ride to Montreal. Sam quickly checked out his VIA activity bag and was very absorbed in creating his paper train. Luckily Uncle Grant had brought some duct tape so the cars held together. As well he set up the little train that he and Grant were used to playing with. David seemed to like the motion of the train. Looking at the scenery, the stations and the track kept the boys busy as well as visiting family members in other seats.

Two hours went by quickly and we were in Montreal to switch to another train to Quebec City. Sam was interested in the engine and he said hello to the engineer. There was just enough time to have some lunch at the Montreal train station.

Soon we were on board another VIA train, crossing the fleuve St. Laurent to follow the south shore. We spotted the Jacques Cartier bridge that Papa had worked on.

About four hours later we arrived in Quebec City. We all hiked to the Hotel le Saint-Paul to register and pick up our keys for Le Gite de la Montagne. Our gite was an old stone house right at the top of the Case-cou stairs.

We had fun exploring the floors of our gite. We had the whole building to ourselves. From the rooftop terrace we could see the river. We had a huge kitchen where we opened a bottle of blueberry mead from Vancouver Island to toast our adventure. Craig and Pamela checked out the gelato in a ground level Cremazie. We all enjoyed a homemade chili dinner made by Grandpa and then everyone visited the Cremazie for a cold treat.

After this we explored the old city and found the hotel Ste-Anne where we would have breakfast as part of our gite.


The boys happily tried out the gite shower caps as part of their bath.



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