This blog has been slightly delayed because of a very busy schedule. Over the next few days I’ll try and get out some photos from our East Coast adventure. I’ve added links (underlined in blue) so you can find out more about the places we’ve been and the places we are going. The focus over the upcoming weeks will be putting up our show Newfoundland Mary in Calgary at Lunchbox Theatre . Until then, here is a snapshot of our trip from Toronto to Halifax on the train. The trip was taken in two parts. On Tuesday March 21st we headed to Montreal to visit friends and take in a theatre festival. It is a pleasant 5 hour trip.
EVERY FENTON & WHITE JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A COFFEE
THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTLY AS WE PULLED AWAY FROM UNION STATION IN TORONTO AT 9 AM
AS WE HEADED OUT OF TORONTO, WE CROSSED THE DON RIVER AND WAVED FAREWELL TO OUR CONDO WHICH IS VISIBLE IN THE DISTANCE
WITHIN A SHORT TIME, GORGEOUS VIEWS OF LAKE ONTARIO OPEN UP ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE TRAIN.
ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TRAIN THE SCENERY IS GENTLY ROLLING FARM LAND
WE TRAVELED ECONOMY ON THIS LEG OF THE JOURNEY AND AT THE HALF-WAY MARK, ORDERED A BOXED LUNCH WHICH WAS VERY TASTY.
AT AROUND 2:30 IN THE AFTERNOON WE CROSSED THE ST. LAURENCE RIVER AND PULLED INTO MONTREAL
I know a lot of people use bargain sites, such as Trivago to shop and compare, but we have still found cheaper rates on Hotwire at the last minute. In order to get the best deal, you choose an area of the city you are visiting and a star rating. The name of the hotel is blocked until after you book, and you have to pre-pay your reservation. Using this method, we got a four star room a 10 minute walk from the train station and a 2 minute walk from Old Montreal for $127 Canadian. This rate included all taxes and a hot breakfast in the morning. We wound up staying at the Embassy Suites, and it was a terrific deal. Below are a few shots of the suite.
THE KITCHEN WAS LARGE WITH A NICE CALIFORNIA BAR
THE LIVING ROOM HAD A LARGE TV, A NICE DESK AND ENOUGH ROOM TO ENTERTAIN
POCKET DOORS ON THE BEDROOM AREA ALLOWED YOU TO CLOSE OFF THE BEDROOM IF YOU HAVE COMPANY OVER
THE BATHROOM HAD A JACUZZI TUB WITH A STAND-UP SHOWER IN THE CORNER
Our evening plans were to go for dinner, meet up with my stage manager from the Becoming Carol tour (Kevin Olson) and then go and see the play Jabber as part of the Geordie Theatre Festival. We wound up at the Le Saint-Bock microbrewery at 1749 St. Denis Street. If you click the link above, you will see the beer menu. We tried a fine cognac beer with a marshmallow in it. And the food was pretty spectacular too. I was recommended to a variation on poutine that had fries and curds, but was dressed with meats and peppers and a light gravy. It was tasty.
A TASTY VARIATION ON POUTINE AT LE SAINT BOCK
THEN IT WAS ON TO SEE THE SHOW … WHICH WAS TRULY FANTASTIC
After the show, we had time to catch up with Haylee Tucker our former assistant stage manager from our show Bemused which played Theatre Northwest a few years ago. She is studying at the National Theatre School right now. And then it was off to bed.
Tomorrow … exploring Montreal’s museums, food and culture.
FENTON & WHITE GIVE THEIR FIRST DAY IN MONTREAL A THUMBS UP