Nevertheless, Montreal has a reputation as being the New Orleans of Canada. Not bright and shiny, but packed with spirit and FUN! People come to Montreal to party! This works to Montreal's benefit because Toronto resembles Washington - lots of culture and corporate bigwigs but very boring. Toronto is a Lexus sedan. Montreal is a corvette. Visitors that want to wine & dine and then shake it until the wee hours of the morning tend to converge on Montreal as other party cities like Miami, Las Vegas and even Chicago are beyond driving distance from the northeast for a weekend away.
|Flinders Street Station|
|St. Paul's Cathedral|
|The Baldry's & the Dobbyn's|
The itinerary of our trip to Melbourne was neither exhaustive nor exciting, but the point wasn't to see Melbourne. It was to visit with Will & Soph.
On Friday night, we stayed in and wiled away the evening over a few bottles of wine and take out Szechuan food. Our guests were busy shuttling between different sports matches for most of Saturday so we set out to see some of Melbourne. The weather was uncooperative, the kids were not in the mood to walk around another city in the rain and Trish was under the weather, so after a brief walk around the CBD and lunch at Southgate, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Melbourne Aquarium. Reunited for supper, the Dobbyn's took us to one of their favorite local eateries, La Porchetta.
My favorite part of our visit was going to see their son Nick's footie game on a crisp sunny Sunday morning. It was cool to learn about the game that dominates the sporting scene in southern Australia and watch the parents cheering from the sidelines. With our flight back home to Canada less than a week away, it felt very much like home, although they have better coffee.
After a BBQ lunch, we said our goodbyes and I think both sides wondered how many years would roll by before the Baldry's and the Dobbyn's were reunited again.