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20 August 2015

Week 35: Montreal, New Jersey, Lansdale

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Our USA holiday continued in the second week of August. The highlight was a trip to Montreal, a city none of us had visited before. We also spent a day in New Jersey, visiting the place where we lived until 1995, and the town where our daughter was born in 1994. We also spent time in Philadelphia, and of course right here in Lansdale.

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We went to Philadelphia to visit the Barnes Foundation, a place Moses had not gotten around to visiting yet:
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We were really impressed with the breadth of the collection, and the way in which it was presented. Sadly, photography is not allowed and there are guards in all rooms, so I was only able to sneak a couple of pictures:
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There is a small reading room with a very rich selection of art books. One can truly spend an entire day at the Foundation:
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Afterwards, we retired to a nearby bar to have a cold beer as an antidote to the heat. We were not the only ones needing a rest:
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On Monday morning we set out from Lansdale to drive the 433 miles to Montreal. This was the early evening view from our hotel room on the 20th floor:
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We went for a walk in the neighbourhood to find a place to eat. This Korean restaurant looked promising:
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Even more promising when we saw that there were quite a few Korean people eating in the restaurant:
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Our dinner, liberally sprinkled with soju, was delicious:
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Tuesday morning, the same view from our hotel room, now looking very unpromising for what we planned to be a full day of sight-seeing:
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However, things improved during the morning, and so we headed out using Montreal’s excellent metro system. Monica took a selfie next to a poster that she liked:
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The first item on our itinerary was the Basilique Notre-Dame. While walking there from the metro station, we came across a very nice American couple who asked us to take their picture. So my son did the honours:
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While I took advantage of the photo opportunity:
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Inside the basilica, my children lit a candle for their grandmother (my mother) who was Christian:
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There were many visitors. Most were admiring the church and photographing it:
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This guy seemed to be completely uninterested in the magnificent surroundings:
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Outside, there were still some remnants of the morning’s rain:
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We sought temporary refuge in a nice watering hole which brewed its own beer, where Moses ordered a flight of six beers for closer analysis:
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Back in the metro, we are all having a nice (if tiring) day:
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We finished the day in the Village, Montreal’s gay neighbourhood, a very colourful place in every respect. Monica was thrilled to discover this cupcake mural:
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On Wednesday morning we drove to the Parc Mont Royal, a wonderful green oasis in the heart of the city. A lot of people were there despite the iffy weather, including this man with a pack dog:
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We climbed up to the observation plateau. When I made Moses and Monica pose for me in the picture frame, they decided to adopt the American Gothic facial expressions:
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There was a nice panoramic view of the city:
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As well as cute squirrels:
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Back in Pennsylvania, later in the week we took a drive to Doylestown, a town a few miles from Lansdale. It is a lovely little place, with a lot of interesting shops and restaurants, but without being excessively posh:
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One of the many quirky shops in Doylestown:
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On August 13th, my wife and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary, and just like last year, we celebrated with a dinner in a nice restaurant with both our children, the greatest accomplishment of our marriage:
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Later in the week, we set off to explore some of “our” old places in New Jersey, where we lived from 1990 to 1995. Our first stop was Washington Crossing on the Delaware river, forming the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey:
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The small bridge across the river is definitely not sized for typical US cars. We had some hairy moments when crossing in our rented mid-sized Ford:
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Everything at this crossing is small-scale:
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On the New Jersey side is the Washington Crossing State Park. The name of the place refers to the winter 1776, when George Washington crossed the river fleeing from advancing British troops. By taking all the boats with him, Washington prevented the British from following him, and on Christmas Day he mounted a surprise counterattack, defeating the Hessian troops at Trenton, the capital of New Jersey. The area is much more peaceful today, and when we lived here, we used to come to the park with our then little boy, just to lay in the grass and read to him:
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People bathing in the Delaware:
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The park is nice and almost pristine in places:
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Unfortunately, some people are just stupid pigs:
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After Washington Crossing, we drove through Lawrenceville, our last residence in the US, and then on to Princeton, the birthplace of our daughter. As most visitors do, we started with a walk around the campus of Princeton University:
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School was not in session, so the campus was largely deserted:
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Henry Moore sculpture:
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Hello Kitty:
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We then walked around the town a bit, stopping at a bookshop, a beer store, and a bicycle shop:
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Urban art at pedestrian crossing:
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That evening, back in Lansdale, Moses and I made a wonderful discovery. Within walking distance of his apartment complex there is a small craft brewery, Prism, with an excellent range of products:
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This lady was friendly and knowledgeable:
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The taps:
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When you taste the beers, they are served on a useful placemat, giving the pertinent information. The Felony is their best IPA, a fantastic brew:
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More Montreal pictures can be seen here, and the results of my IPA research programme can be perused here.

1 Comment »

  1. Congrats for this week blog, Nathan! And thank you and your family for taking us with you on your trip! Really captivating. Cheers.

    Comment by Maria — 22 August 2015 @ 22:24

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