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Montreal 2018: Parlez-vous francais? - Day 4: Back To School


Another early start - I woke up before 5am and couldn't get back to sleep!

I went down to breakfast at 6.30am. It hadn't changed since yesterday! I had toast with a hard boiled egg, copious amounts of coffee and an orange juice.



I used the RESO underground tunnel system to get to the language centre.

I was there by 8.30am as instructed!

I was taken off to do my oral test - I think there were a bit perplexed as to why I was there! They put me in the exam group as they felt all the other groups were too low!



I had to go to their other building where the lesson had already started.

My thoughts on the morning - not what I was expected. My weak point is the grammar but this was more preparing for an exam I will never take. The group is nice enough but the teacher likes the sound of her own voice.

The good news is that the lessons finish at 1pm rather than 2pm - by not taking a lunch break from 12-1pm. The had news is that we were given homework - today on sexism in schools!



I hadn't neither eaten nor drunk since 6.30am so I was hungry!

I went to the foodcourt in le Complexe Desjardins and got a teriyaki vegetable and rice dish which was nice enough.

I then did a bit of shopping - some plasters because I was having problems with my ankle - I hoped that by giving it such cushioning it may help and some paper for doing my homework.



On the way back to the hotel I realized at last why the Starbucks sign seemed odd!



I also picked up some goodies for the office!

I decided I would be a good student and write my essay!

It was now nearing 3.30pm so I abandoned my idea to go to the Redpath Museum as it shut at 5pm. I decided to stay local!



My first port of call was the Cathedrale Christ Church just 100m from the hotel. Over 150 years old, the church as saved from falling apart by the construction of a shopping centre beneath it which reinforced its foundations.

It was another peaceful respite from the noise of the city!



After a visit to Bath & Body Works to get O some hand creams and some hand sanitizers I went to another church in the area - Cathedrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde. It was built in 1870 - it always amazes me how such wonderful buildings were built without all the help we have now!



The inside was spectacular!



With a superb ceiling.



I continued my wanderings around the area - finding another park - there is plenty of green space within the city.



Opposite the park was this impressive building - a bank...

I went to Victoria's Secret to get the hoodie for F. Thankfully they still had one in stock.

I wondered back, picking up some sodas!



The pizza restaurant near the hotel had good reviews so I ordered a takeout mushroom pizza! It was a bit lacking on the mushroom front but tasty nonetheless.

I recopied my homework and watched some French TV.

My legs are still aching - today I have only done 19,162 steps - just 14km.


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What a bonus with School finishing early for you, but boo to having to do homework!

Hope your ankle improves over the trip!

Ive looked and looked at your Starbucks photo to try and work out whats odd about it, but I give up. Im not a coffee drinker though and have only ever been in one Starbucks in my life for a bottle of water, so dont think Id ever notice something different about one.
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A good day with a bit of schooling and lots more sightseeing

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Oh I don't know if I could go back to doing homework in the evening, it's been way too long! But I'm glad it's a nice class of people and I hope it becomes more of what you were hoping for. Your afternoon walk again has shown some beautiful buildings.
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Originally Posted by jocat View Post
What a bonus with School finishing early for you, but boo to having to do homework!

Hope your ankle improves over the trip!

Ive looked and looked at your Starbucks photo to try and work out whats odd about it, but I give up. Im not a coffee drinker though and have only ever been in one Starbucks in my life for a bottle of water, so dont think Id ever notice something different about one.
I think finishing at 1pm is the highlight. I think quite a few are not happy!

Think French for the Starbucks sign - it has only taken me 4 visits to see it

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A good day with a bit of schooling and lots more sightseeing

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I am determined to get out and about every afternoon - will be off again in a few minutes!

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Oh I don't know if I could go back to doing homework in the evening, it's been way too long! But I'm glad it's a nice class of people and I hope it becomes more of what you were hoping for. Your afternoon walk again has shown some beautiful buildings.
Good news is no homework today

Off now, at last, to the museum I keep talking about!
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Err I double checked the Starbucks sign even with your clue I'm not getting it either. Maybe I will need to come back tomorrow. Given that you live in France I'm not surprised your French is too good for most of their classes.

Ok, I've just gone back to the Starbucks photo again and I'm still not sure what is wrong!
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Err I double checked the Starbucks sign even with your clue I'm not getting it either. Maybe I will need to come back tomorrow. Given that you live in France I'm not surprised your French is too good for most of their classes.

Ok, I've just gone back to the Starbucks photo again and I'm still not sure what is wrong!
I dont really mind about the course - it is making me think about what I say which is a good thing! Quite a few would like some grammar lessons though too!

For Starbucks - what does the English sign say? Not just Starbucks but Starbucks ******!
This one is in French but we use the French word in one context when there are two translatiobs of the French word into English! As clear as mud
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