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