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Mt Tremblant and Shopping - Yeehaaaaa!!!!

sunny 17 °C

Hello Dear Readers

Well our visit to Mt Tremblant went well. Rowan dutifully arrived driving 6.4 litres of wonderful American Dodge V8 which certainly put a smile on my dial!!! Off to Quebec and along the highways to Mont Tremblant, kids playing happily in the back for Oh Dunno!! about 5 minutes. Then the pinching, shoving and "Mummy, he's looking at me/hit me" started". So Mummy had to intervene with threats of iPods being confiscated for 2 weeks and other dastardly threats which seemed to work for most of the way. Then when we arrived, whilst Daddy was trying to concentrate and find a parking spot, all out War erupted in the back of the Dodge!!! Well Dear Readers, after calling in the United Nations and sending in the peace keepers, we managed to extricate the two main players from the back of the Dodge and it was just like hitting a light switch. All instantly calmed down. Must say though. All jokes aside. The two of them really are great kids and they do look after one another. It's just funny watching the antics going on. Really makes the day entertaining.

First thing we do after stopping for a bite to eat is onto the Gondolas and up towards the Ski resort. Izzy was just a tad hesitant but managed to be a brave girl and deal with the ride. All was fairly uneventful for the second Gondola trip up to the Ski Resort. Funny about the second ride though. Ron was standing looking at the billing boards and a woman casually asked if he was planning on using the Gondola to get up to the top. When he replied he was, she handed him 8 tickets and said she couldn't use them. No sooner had she handed them to him and she disappeared off into the Sunset like she'd never been there. So somehow we managed to score $160.00 of tickets out of the blue!! What a lucky day!! And a big Thank You to the Perfect Stranger for offering the tickets. Somehow or another we'll have to find a way to pay that one forward.

After we'd looked around at the top, oooooing and aaaaahhhhing at the scenery we came back down the mountain and Izzy went on the Bungy jumping (kiddie style of course) gizmo and they all had a go at the Luge!! Turns out Rhys is as competitive driving his lugemobile as he is with Ice Hockey and tried to out manoeuvre Daddy. He came off second best, but I do suspect it's only a matter of time, and a short amount of time at that, and he will be tipping Daddy out of his lugemobile!!! Still waters run deep with that young man and you can see the wheels turning.

From here it was a gentle walk down the hill to the Dodge with all being kept quiet (except for me) munching on Beaver tails. Yes folks, Beavertails, but not as you might imagine. They are a type of pastry deep fried then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, followed with Lemon being squeezed on to all of this. The result is yummo!!!

Anyhoooooo.........back into the Dodge and back into Ottawa with repeats of previous antics but not as intense this time. I think the rides etc managed to calm them a little. The only issue was Izzy decided she'd die if she didn't have Moxy's for dinner (Chain Restaurant) but considering the time and all of the proceedings for the day, Mommy put her little size 7 down and damped down any further discussion on this subject!!! Again, very funny watching all of the antics and certainly not out of place.

The following day we went to the Museum of Arts and had a look at most of the wonderful works of art on display. We didn't go into any of the contemporary exhibitions as they are not what we like. And following that we went shopping!!! How unusual. I now have another bag so I can take all of the extra stuff home.

This morning we went on the Lady Dive Amphibious bus tour. Was a great way to see Ottawa we really enjoyed that. Oh! and because I was one day short of my 60th Birthday, I got a Seniors ticket. So there are some advantages for being an Old Fart!!!

For the rest of the day, we haven't done much. We suspect the next couple of days may be action packed, so we're girding our loins (figuratively speaking of course) and getting ready for what might be to come.

Take care all

Cheers

Bryan and Ron

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New York - Ottawa

Well Hello Ottawa!!!! Spring has sprung!!!!

sunny 16 °C

Hello Dear Readers

Hope all are well

Not a lot to tell you really. Have been very slack and not doing a hell of a lot!!

So - New York!! Beautiful place in many senses. Does your head in, in other respects. It seems the City Fathers and Mothers decided that not only would they start digging up half of Times Square whilst we were visiting, but also half of the streets. Therefore, streets that originally had room for horse and buggy now had room perhaps for two billy carts to pass by each other. That along with an ambulance trying to get through with the Blues and Twos flashing and not getting anywhere in a hurry made for some amusement indeed. We took a Hop on Hop off bus down 7th Avenue and at one stage it took about an hour to move about 2 kilometres. I kid you not!! If it weren't for the fact we had already walked a fair way that day, we would've got out and walked. As it was, we did the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, 911 Memorial followed by a Night Tour of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn all in the one day. Not bad really for a couple of oldies!! I did put a few piccies up onto Facebook and will put some up on the blog soon.

The next day we flew out of New York and into Ottawa. So! I didn't mind the staff of United Express. The woman that helped check us in was really helpful, even though she spoke like she was in Military Academy. But I will say if it weren't for her, the plane would've taken off without us because figuring out their check in system took more than a little contemplating. Then through the friendly team looking after Security!!! OMFG!!! Such bad tempered arrogant pigs!!! Ooooops!!! Forgot myself. Honestly!!! The BS you have to go through to get onto a plane these days!!! And have they caught anyone yet??? Hell No!!!! But I guess it makes the everyday punter feel safer to go through rudeness and pat searchs, losing your pants because your belt is in some stupid little tray not to mention keeping an eye on your wallet and passport whilst they go through all of the scanners as well. Truly does nothing to enhance a happy journey I must say. OK. Rant over!!!

Well not quite. Then we are bundled into this tiny little jet with seats the size of the kiddie chairs sold at Bunnings and this tin can is as hot as hades!!! I also think the chairs were those sling type chairs like they use at outdoor cinemas, because this skinny little arse had decubitus ulcers by the time the Jockey managed to spear us into the tarmac at Ottawa Airport. Anyhooooooo!! We managed to survive that nicely too. Character building I think it is glibly called!!

Today we had a free day to do whatever we wanted to do. So what does one do when the luggage capacity is at the limit??? Shopping of course!!! Managed to find some really beautiful Teal blue Chinos, a grey knitted cardigan (Just to please the colour consultant of the team - I mean surely Navy blue knitted tops go with Orange sweaters underneath!!! It's all I had folks for a lovely chilly 6c morning) and some jocks and socks because I've nearly run out and I'll be short for the last couple of days. And Hell might Freeze over, but my Butt isn't gosh darn it!!! A new bag is also on the shopping list now strangely!! Also found this really wonderful Barber shop and had a fantastic trim because I was really starting to get a little wild and woolly. Don't want to be mistaken for a Bison, so trimmed I am now!! And smell really nice to boot!!! Not that I smelt bad to start off with, but I'm sure you get the drift!!

So folks. We head out tomorrow morning with Rowan, Jenni, Izzy and Rhys for parts unknown. Should be fun and looking forward to that. Piccies to follow from that little venture as soon as I can get them loaded up.

Take care

Cheers

Bryan and Ron

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