A Piece of Heaven with Mustard

corned beefRon being the true adventurer wanted to visit the Notre Dame Island just beyond Montreal. Located in the Saint Lawrence River, along with Saint Helen’s Island, it makes up Parc Jean-Drapeau. This was the location of Expo 67, but most of the pavilions of the time are now long gone. The great claim to draw the most crowds in the off-season is the Montreal Casino.

On a dark and gloomy day, the best diversion is imagining what the area would look like during the other three seasons. My thoughts run to spectacular, but the chill that dug into my bones is interrupting my positivist thoughts. Canada - Montreal November 2015 341

My reward for this athletic adventure was going to Schwartz’s Jewish Delicatessen. Their specialty- corned beef sandwiches. I was in heaven. We had to stand in line for thirty minutes even at 3:30 in the afternoon. It was worth it!

The restaurant opened in 1928. They call the corned beef ‘smoked meat’, but also have smoked turkey and duck. They pack the people in. We were at a table for six, where four others ate alongside of us. Eat and go, they want a fast turn over, so there is no milling around.

As we were walking around, Canada - Montreal November 2015 344people were handing out yellow reusable bags, but the reason passed us by. We did see Santa Claus waving to the traffic driving by and pedestrians, too.

There was a church Ron wanted to see, but the church itself was closed. We did seeCanada - Montreal November 2015 347 others entering the side door, so we followed. In the gorgeous chapel, a recital was in progress. Small children were singing solos.

Also decorating the building walls are interesting murals with a wide spectrum of Canada - Montreal November 2015 354subjects.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.