Stopping at The Big Apple in Cobourg. One simply cannot stop when there is a GIANT APPLE completely visible from the freeway! :) It was actually an apple orchard and pie making factory, so you can see apple pastries being made, and of course, the market sold apple everythings! 🍎 There was also putt-putt, a mini train for kids, a llama and goats and sheep to feed, and you could actually go inside the apple to learn about apple history before climbing to the open top!
Montreal is very city like. Bustling, busy, pedestrians and Cara everywhere, tight streets, alleyways and fire escapes along the side of buildings. Graffiti along with wall murals are sprayed alongside each other.
We made a stop in Kingston next. This was the original capital of Canada before Ottawa. We visited some older stone churches with stained glass windows, the marine area, the very regal City Hall fraught with Canadian history, and dined at an authentic German restaurant for sausages and schnitzel for lunch! Amadeus Cafe had a perfect little Bavarian biergarten in the back for us to eat at, filled with rustic wooden benches and surrounded by climbing vines and colorful flowers.
I know, that's just a salad. But I loved the dressing - it was chunky, but light and refreshing and flavorful, so I'm reminding myself to make it! :) There was garlic, onion, paprika, red wine vinegar and oil. Sounds simple but I'll have to work at it to make it right! ^_^
The Milaner Schnitzel was good - think chicken Milanese cutlet. I adored the potatoes! Soft yet flavorful! We also had the smoked salmon and dill crepe - good, but a little on the salty side.
We drive by Gananoque, the quaint little town that is called the entrance to the Thousand Islands! Not the dressing, mind you, but literally, there are tons of little islands at the Saint Lawrence River! Some bigger, others smaller. Some have literally one small house built on it and that's it! We drove by the islands, marveling how tiny some of them were!
When we arrived in the Quebec province, immediately, everything turned French! The land also, to me anyways, though beautiful still, was not as lush as I saw in Ontario. Even some of the traffic lights were flipped sideways, hehehe!
Though beautiful, I don't think I'm a city girl at heart - I love big cities with their eclectic shops and boutiques, hipster feel, and vibrant around the clock liveliness but I would rather just visit for a while rather than live in a city, heheheh.
Our hotel is in the middle of the Quartier de Spectacles, the Entertainment District, so it's full of people! We are also a few blocks from Le Quartier des Chinois - Chinatown. So we are close to all the excellent cheap and homestyle Cantonese food that we like! :)