This morning we had to be up early to check out of our New York hotel and meet up with the Contiki group by 7.30am. We met our coach driver Frank, who loaded up our suitcases and then we jumped on the coach for our 2 hour drive to our first destination, Philadelphia.
This morning we had to be at the coach by 7.45 so it was another early morning. We headed out and our first stop, about an hour and a half out of Philadelphia, was an Amish Village in Ronx, PA.
Today was our free day in Washington DC, so we decided to have a little bit of a sleep-in this morning before heading downstairs. We met up with a few others and decided to join them for brunch. We headed to the metro which is the underground train and ended up at some place near Dupont Circle with a breakfast buffet – it was so good! After brunch, we headed over to the White House.
We were on the road by 8am this morning for our drive to Pittsburgh. We had an included breakfast this morning which was pretty good – eggs,tater tots,bacon,waffles. I feel like I’m eating so much unhealthy food though! I need to start ordering healthier things.
Today we were going to Canada!! We left our hotel at 8am and were on the road. Everyone was excited because our rest stop today was Walmart. I know, it seems crazy to get excited about Walmart, but when you are from NZ or Australia, you hear about Walmart and you just have to see it.
This morning, those of us that has signed up had our helicopter flight over Niagra Falls. We had to be at the coach by 9 which was a bit rough after last night!
This morning it was another early start for those of us that had signed up to visit the CN Tower. We started the morning with Tim Hortons for breakfast – this chain is everywhere! It’s like Starbucks in America (although they have that here too). Then we walked about 20 minutes or so to the tower. Even though it was still early, it was so humid! I was sweating by the time we got there.
Today it was on to a new destination – Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. It was a fairly long drive to Ottawa but we broke it up with a few stops.
Our first stop was the big apple – it’s basically a store that sells everything apple. Apple pies, apple turnovers, Apple crumble, Apple donuts.. You get the idea.
The drive from Ottawa to Montreal was a short one – only 2 hours. I fell asleep on the drive.
Our first stop in Montreal was Mont Royal – the highest peak in Montreal. Mont Royal is a beautiful park designed by the same guy who designed Central Park in New York City.
Today was a free day in Montreal and because nothing was planned, I took the opportunity to sleep in and take my time getting ready for the day. There was an optional craft-beer tour that was happening today, but as I’m not a beer drinker, I didn’t go on it (it was about $50 for a 3 hour tour. The people that did the tour said it was really good though).